Tom & Nate Averna, Deer Harbor Charters
2014 Stewardship Award Winner – Business Stewardship Category
Deer Harbor Charters was chosen for their generous donations of time and resources in support of the marine environment and education of the community.
For over three decades, co-owners Tom and Nate Averna-father and son-have led whalewatching and marine wildlife tours with an experienced captain and naturalists aboard to offer lessons on wildlife and local history throughout the San Juan Islands. Their enthusiasm and passion for the islands prompts them to further educate visitors and islanders in many ways.
They write an ongoing series of natural history articles; donate captain, crew and boat time for various conservation projects; donate gift certificates for nonprofit fundraisers; cosponsor the Sea Doc Society Marine Lecture Series; take selected classes of Orcas Island School children out on their tours for free; and include in their on-board lectures a message of marine stewardship and ethic of personal responsibility.