My name is Sherry Goff. I retired from a nursing career in Flint, Mi. in 2004, and moved here in St Helen, where i spent many weekends over the years. I knew I wanted to be active in my community, and I wanted to turn my attention to the care of animals. I was fortunately enough to have learned about the A.R.K. actually before I retired up here, and knew that's where my focus would be, and boy, I have been hooked ever since. The education, the hands on experience with wildlife, the relationships with the other dedicated volunteers, and the teaching from Ruth Fruehauf, our Director, has made my retirement an amazing experience. I have been fortunate enough to serve as the President, and Volunteer Coordinator, as well as volunteering weekly. I hope to continue serving the ARK in some capacity for a long time to come.
What Sherry is too modest to say is what an integral part of the ARK she has been for many years. In addition to her tireless work with the animals, she has contributed more to the sustenance of the ARK than we could ever thank her enough for. She manages the complicated and ever-changing volunteer schedules to make sure there is always enough help to fill shifts. If she can’t find a fill-in, she has often filled gaps herself. I have been lucky enough to work many shifts with Sherry. She taught me so much! She always has time to hear grievances and help the ARK family stay cohesive.
But it is her love of possums that is her most defining quality. We had a severely disabled mother possum that required a great deal of physical therapy, difficult cage cleanings and all the compassion she could get. Sherry gave her that and more. She is a real champion of this most misunderstood species. It has been a joy to work with her and I consider myself lucky to call her my friend.
-Noreen Corley - Webmaster