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The Ganoe family combines their love of kayak fishing with volunteering to help our nation’s active duty military personnel, veterans and their families unwind and experience peace on the water. Heroes on the Water is honored by the family’s dedicated service – Melita, husband Charlie, and son Daniel – and is proud to announce that Melita and Daniel have both been recognized nationally for their outstanding service.484

On June 4, 2014 in The Great Hall at the Department of Justice, Attorney General, Eric Holder honored Melita with the Attorney General’s Volunteer Award for Community Service for her sustained volunteer role with Heroes on the Water, one of three recipients nationally.

As the coordinator for the Northeast Florida Chapter of Heroes on the Water, Melita leads a team of volunteers in providing kayak fishing outings to help warriors unwind and reconnect with themselves, their families and their community. As a founding member of the chapter in June 2012, Melita’s leadership rapidly led to a strong corps of volunteers delivering monthly outings for veterans. Every outing engages veterans and their family members in a safe, relaxing, fun experience, designed to help them heal, connect with other veterans, and learn a new sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.

New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews

Allen, TX, November 5, 2013 – Heroes on the Water announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit,” says Bob Pikna, Executive Director, Heroes on the Water. “The awesome healing power experienced by our warriors is certainly deeper than our program that features kayak fishing. We are thrilled that the community has embraced this cause as we have.”


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