Patsy Mortimer wears her Barrington charm, with a blue heron on it, around her neck as a symbol of what the village means to her.
“It always symbolizes to me what a great place Barrington is to live, work and play,” the 37-year resident said.
Mortimer now has more mementos, a key to the village and a proclamation honoring her for her volunteer work.
Barrington’s Board of Trustees recognized Mortimer Monday as a volunteer with Citizens for Conservation (CFC). She has volunteered since 1988. Mortimer also served a member of the CFC board since 1901, including a term as president.
“She has been the first name in conservation in so many efforts,” Darch said before reading the proclamation. “You absolutely deserve this.”
Mortimer is stepping down from her role with the CFC this fall because her family is moving to Michigan.
“It has been my privilege to live and work and play here. I really want to thank you for this honor,” Mortimer said.
Through her work with CFC, she collaborated with other organizations to create the Flint Creek Watershed Partnership and helped naturalize the Baker’s Lake Project. Mortimer also joined the Barrington Area Council of Governments Water Resources Committee.
“To share with the community, just as all of you are sharing tonight, has been an extraordinary mission,” Mortimer said. “I have worked with a lot of amazing people.”