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AYER — For the past 15 years Ayer Middle School technology teacher Barbara Dyer has been involved with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), America’s oldest nonprofit conservation and recreation organization.

On Jan. 27, AMC honored Dyer with the Volunteer Leadership Award. This award recognizes volunteers who, in addition to contributing many hours, are instrumental to AMC’s activities, programs and mission.

“Barbara Dyer has made many outstanding contributions in support of AMC’s recreation, conservation and education mission,” said AMC Volunteer and Chapter Relations Director Roger Scholl. “We are pleased to honor Barbara with AMC’s Volunteer Leadership Award in recognition of her innovative ideas and incomparable energy, which she has brought to so many roles with AMC’s Worcester Chapter, most recently as the current chapter (chairman). Barbara’s continued leadership and commitment to programs such as AMC’s A Mountain Classroom is an inspiration to others.”

Dyer’s experiences have been varied, but all of them have been geared toward the education of people, whether it’s in the classroom or in the great outdoors.

During Dyer’s presentation to the AMC at its annual meeting, she outlined for the members what the Worcester chapter has accomplished over the course of the year. Its accomplishments include tripling its membership, participating in health fairs and the Greenway Challenge, an outdoor biking, boating and running race through the Blackstone River Valley, and offering frequent “trail days” in partnership with several state parks.

In addition to her leadership at AMC, she gives to people and the environment by teaching at the Ayer Middle School, teaching piano, which she’s done for the past 20 years, and her devotion to a nonprofit organization that maintains a herd of belted Galloway cows in her town on conservation land.

Dyer’s family understands her passion for the outdoors. They go camping as a family a lot, and her husband, Paul, is very active in the Scouts organization with their two children, Mark and Sierra.

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