Local retiree spends hours volunteering among the sea creatures of the Shedd Aquarium
GLEN ELLYN – Last year, Lou Nesslar spent much of his time diving among the wild reef sea creatures of the Philippines. He didn't have to travel across the world to get there, though; he only had to go to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, something he's been doing regularly for more than 10 years.
As part of Volunteer Awareness Month in April, Shedd recognized Nesslar as one of the aquarium's top volunteers, reaching 7,000 total volunteer hours throughout his career in 2012.
Nesslar began volunteering with the aquarium after he retired more than 10 years ago. An experienced diver, he was teaching scuba-diving lessons, and his assistant instructor, who was head of special exhibits at the Shedd, suggested he volunteer there for a few hours each week.
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