Joe Gaydos to Receive Film Festival’s Local Hero Award

Posted September 16, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Joe Gay­dos — Con­tributed photo

Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val is delight­ed to announce that Joe Gay­dos will be the hon­ored recip­i­ent of the 2019 Local Hero Award for his work as a Senior Wildlife Vet­eri­nar­i­an and Sci­ence Direc­tor for the SeaD­oc Society.

The Local Hero Award is pre­sent­ed each year to a present or for­mer res­i­dent of the San Juan Islands who has made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to our qual­i­ty of life, impact­ing peo­ple, ani­mals, the arts, health, or the envi­ron­ment. Gay­dos will receive his award dur­ing the Festival’s Audi­ence Choice Awards pro­gram on Octo­ber 27 at the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Theatre.

A sci­ence-based marine con­ser­va­tion pro­gram of the UC Davis Karen C. Dray­er Wildlife Health Cen­ter, the SeaD­oc Soci­ety funds and con­ducts sci­ence and uses the infor­ma­tion to help edu­cate peo­ple about our marine resources and help improve man­age­ment and pol­i­cy deci­sions regard­ing the stew­ard­ship of those resources.

Gay­dos’ research has focused on dis­eases that impact human and wild ani­mal health in species like har­bor seals, riv­er otters, por­poise and killer whales. He also has worked on ecosys­tem-lev­el issues includ­ing defin­ing top prin­ci­ples for design­ing healthy ecosys­tems. He is cur­rent­ly serv­ing on Gov­er­nor Inslee’s Killer Whale Recov­ery Task Force for Wash­ing­ton State.

He co-authored the best­selling book, The Sal­ish Sea: Jew­el of the Pacif­ic North­west (Sasquatch Books) that received the 2015 Nau­tilus Gold Award for the Envi­ron­ment books for a bet­ter world). His new book Explore the Sal­ish Sea, which tar­gets 5th and 6th graders, was released in April and is on the Pacif­ic North­west Book­seller Asso­ci­a­tion’s best­seller list.

The 2019 Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val pro­gram is avail­able at the FHFF office (10 First St., Fri­day Har­bor) and on the Wash­ing­ton State ferries. 

Please sup­port the Fes­ti­val by buy­ing a FHFF Patron Pass ($500 + $26 pro­cess­ing fee) includes a tax-deductible dona­tion of $300 to help sup­port the Fes­ti­val and pro­vides access to all spe­cial events and a guar­an­teed seat for any screen­ing, up to 10 min­utes before show­time. Buy A Patron Pass Now

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