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Steward Spotlight: Meet Martha Stephens

Why do you volunteer as a steward?

I volunteer to thank Brewster Dog Park for the clean, friendly, wonderful venue.

Tell us about your dogs.

I have two rescue dogs, June and Grace, and they love your park. June is a lab-mix and Grace is who knows what? Pug/Corgi/Beagle/Chihuahua mix are my guesses.

The ability to have them exercise and play leash-free is a blessing for me and them.

Favorite part of being a steward?

I enjoy seeing many regulars at the park and I've loved getting to know the people and their dogs, by name!

Are you a native Cape Codder?

I grew up in the Dallas, Texas area, then moved to Holliston and Medway, MA in my early twenties when I started my career in Human Resources. As my parents were aging, I returned to Texas to be near them and started my second career as a teacher. I bought a house in 2010 in South Chatham and spent summers on the Cape (to avoid the Texas heat) until my retirement, when I decided to move here permanently.

What is or was your career or job?

I worked for 20 years in corporate high tech as a Human Resources VP in Framingham and Boston. I followed that with 18 years teaching high school and middle school English and Art in Texas, my home state. Having recently retired, I'm now on my third career as an artist. I spend my time substitute teaching at Monomoy Regional School District and volunteering at the Brewster Dog Park, Chatham's Eldredge Public Library, The Cape Playhouse and the Symphony. I read constantly, paint often, travel frequently and enjoy friends who visit me on the Cape.

Our volunteer stewards are a critical part of keeping the park clean and tidy! We’re fortunate to have nearly 30 dedicated volunteers who commit to a few shifts each month. You’ve likely seen them in their yellow vests clearing the walking paths, filling the mutt mitt stations and yes, even, picking up missed “piles”. If that doesn’t deserve a high five, we don’t know what does! Would you like to join our team? Click here to learn more!

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