Behind the Loon: Meet Mary Godnick

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We are happy to introduce you to our new “Behind the Loon” series. There are so many reasons our Adirondack Council team is great, and we want to give you a chance to meet every one of them and their talents, quirks and passions. We will be highlighting a member of our team each month. It’s so nice to meet you! 

Meet Mary Godnick

Meet Mary Godnick. Mary has been with the Council for almost four years. She grew up in the Adirondack foothills, is an almumni of SUNY Oswego, and now lives in the Champlain Valley with her partner and foster pets.  

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What’s your role at the Council? 

I manage the digital marketing program for the Council. I work with my team to coordinate our social media strategy, email marketing, blog articles, website content, photography and videography projects, and so on.  


It's 5:00 on a Friday and you're leaving the office. What are your plans for the weekend?  

I am heading to the river to swim! Swimming holes are the best part of summer. The especially wild and remote spots are so special, but I am not partial to a roadside hop in the river too. Then I will probably meet up with friends at our favorite local coffee shop or brewery. Saturday, I would spend the day in my garden where I grow veggies at DaCy Meadow Farm. And Sundays, you can usually find me volunteering at the SPCA walking dogs and socializing cats. Lately during social isolation, it’s been a lot of visiting nature trails and lakes nearby. 


What's one thing people don't know about the Adirondacks, but should? 

The most beautiful thing about the Adirondacks is the number of people working hard to bring healthy sustainably grown food to the world. There is a huge community of people who work so hard to make nutrient-dense, ethical, and sustainable food available and accessible. And your buying dollars have so much power. Eat at restaurants that use local food, stop at a farmers' market or co-op for trail snacks, or buy local beer for your campfire beer. 


What is one issue that we are engaged in that means a lot to you? 

It means a lot to me that the Adirondack Council has recently stepped up to use its voice to advocate for racial justice. The Council has committed to making changes toward being a more equitable organization in a field that is driven by white men. We have a lot of work to do in the Adirondacks to be a welcoming place for everyone, and this issue is really important to me.  


You can follow Mary on Twitter at @MaryGodnick.

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