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Debbie Handley


The following is the text of a letter presented to Debbie Handley in recognition of her years of contributions to the Emirates Natural History Group. The presentation took place at the Al Ain chapter's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26 November 2002.

26 November 2002

The Committee and membership of the Al Ain chapter are pleased to present Debbie with a lifetime membership in the Emirates Natural History Group in recognition of her unselfish contributions.

For the past five years, almost every season of trips began with a tour led by Debbie. The tour would include a visit to the camel souq, Fossil Valley, the solar clock in the Mahdah Oasis, and a walk in Wadi Aboul, with its timeless fort. For many of us, this was our introduction to the Emirates Natural History Group and to the adventures and treasures of the UAE and Oman.

Whatever Debbie enjoyed and discovered, she shared with us all. When she visited the nesting turtles in Oman, she brought back information making it easier for others to follow in her footsteps. When she found a cache of worked flint, a picturesque wadi or a desert barbecue site, she made her discovery known to everyone.

In every respect, Debbie embodies the spirit and enthusiasm of the Al Ain chapter and of the original founders of the Emirates Natural History Group.

On behalf of countless individuals whose lives have been enriched, thank you, Debbie.

Brien Holmes



Patron: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan