Meet October “Do the Right Thing” winner: Deb Williams

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – One of Chattanooga’s most popular tourist attractions relies heavily on volunteers. like Deb Williams.

Many of them “Do the Right Thing”, but Williams really goes above and beyond.

She’s a docent, chef and backstage pass tour guide at the Tennessee Aquarium.

The day we met her she was nursing a broken toe.

When we surprised Tennessee Aquarium volunteer Deb Williams with the News12 Now and Integrity Automotive Do the Right Thing award, she was speechless.

Aquarium Manager of Volunteer Services Chris Bowman said, “We have over 500 volunteers here at the Aquarium and all of them are special. They come in, they play a special role here at the Aquarium. As a non-profit we could not do it without our volunteers.”

Coming in for a volunteer shift while sporting a boot for her broken little toe is just one piece of proof that October winner Deb Williams is one of those special volunteers who always does the right thing.

Here’s further proof. As soon as News12 handed over the money, Williams said, “I will donate this to the Aquarium because that’s the right thing to do, but thank you. Thank you very much.”

Bowman added, “That was amazing. I mean that’s something that not everyone would do. I was very impressed by that, but that’s the kind of person she is.”

Williams has worked as a docent for the past eight years, and added chef and backstage pass tour guide to her volunteer resume as well. Bowman said, “I just want to thank Deb for being such a great volunteer. She’s here any time I need her to be. We had an event last week for our new Monster Fish exhibit she was here for that, Even with the boot, so everything we ask her to do, she’s been great. And we have a lot of volunteers like that.”

Williams echoed, “Every time I come to the Aquarium I feel like I make a difference in someone’s life. Whether it’s a little kid that I get to touch the stingray because they’re scared or whether it’s one of my backstage pass tours and they really enjoy what I say or my dumb jokes, too. I do have a few of those. But it’s just important to give back because you should if you can.”

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