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Volunteer Spotlight: Bill and Jackie Kibler

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The Forest Preserve is incredibly fortunate to have volunteers like Bill and Jackie Kibler. 

Bill came to the District in 2007, having recently retired from Panduit. He decided to volunteer with the District after talking with a friend about his experiences as a resource management volunteer. 

After seeing the fun Bill was having and learning the opportunities available to him, his wife, Jackie, joined the volunteer workforce in 2008. Her volunteer opportunity was very different as she realized that resource management work was not what she wanted to do. Jackie began working Forest Preserve events and, in 2012, when the District’s volunteer program added a recruitment specialist team to its volunteer workforce she was immediately trained to work in this capacity. 

Bill also has worked recruitment booths with Jackie, and he assisted at each of the District bike rides as a Section Sentinel. An avid bicyclist, he became a Trail Sentinel in 2008.


Both Bill and Jackie came to the Forest Preserve from retirement and both had strong passions to give back. Bill has said jokingly that Jackie wanted him out of the house and volunteering with the Forest Preserve was perfect because he loves working outdoors. 

Both Bill and Jackie continue as District volunteers because they believe in the Forest Preserve’s mission, enjoy meeting new people and like having fun. Jackie enjoys being a "trailblazer" in volunteering by being a part of the volunteer program’s recruitment specialist team. 

Volunteering has become a family event in the Kibler household as Bill and Jackie have brought their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren to assist the District in a variety of capacities.


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