Timothy Lees’ Diary
Tidal Forests of Kenya

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March 6, 2009: Selected!

Timothy_Lees Greetings everyone. My name is Timothy Lees and I work as an Electrical Instrument Mechanic for SURALCO, which is an ALCOA plant in Suriname. Today I received a very happy letter saying that I was selected for an Earthwatch Alcoa Fellowship expedition: Tidal Forests of Kenya. I’d actually forgotten that I had applied the year before. I checked and rechecked the letter because I couldn’t believe it. It’s still kind of like a dream for me. After settling down I called Brigitte Kasanpawiro to tell her the good news. She was one of the first participants from our plant to the program in 2006, along with Kenneth Rensch. Brigitte was also selected for the Tidal Forests of Kenya expediton. It’s due to their participation and the information they shared that I first heard about this program and it piqued my interest to know more. I must say that I am very happy to have been selected out of so many applicants and welcome the opportunity to participate in this program. The interaction with other cultures and the chance to work hands-on in the field with an organization like Earthwatch is a chance that doesn’t come along very often and I would gladly urge more people to participate, because the environment is everyone’s business. The rest of my week was trying to find as much information about the expedition, the country and the people I would be working with. I got a lot of firsthand information from Brigitte.
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