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Posted: 04/10/13


Julie Champion named IS supervisor
for Eastern District of Metroparks

      Julie Champion, supervising interpreter at Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center and Metroparks interpreter for 34 years, has been named Eastern District interpretive services supervisor for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.
       Champion replaces Douglas Spiller, Stony Creek Metropark supervising interpreter, and William Thomas, Wolcott Mill Metropark supervising interpreter, both of whom retired in December of 2012.As interpretive services supervisor for the Eastern District, Champion oversees interpreters at Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center, Wolcott Mill Metropark Historic Center and Farm Center, and Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center.
       Champion initially worked as a part-time interpreter at Stony Creek, Indian Springs and Kensington Metropark nature centers from 1979 ­ 1988.
       She was hired as a full-time interpreter at Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center in February 1990 and became supervising interpreter in November of 2007.
       Champion is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in natural resources and environmental education, and Oakland University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. 
       Named "Master Front-Line Interpreter" at the Region IV meeting of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) in 2007, Champion has also received awards from NAI for Distinguished New Interpreter and Meritorious Service; and the National Conservation Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Macomb County Chapter.

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