Virginia DU’s 2019 State Chairman Christiaan Pond is an avid duck hunter who has been on a path to serving DU since he was a child.
“I was the kid that grew up in DU,” he said. Watching his dad serve as area and district chairman, Christiaan learned the value of volunteering and took up the charge for DU in 2000. “DU is the organization that perfectly aligns with my desire for future generations’ enjoyment of the outdoors,” he explained. “Undoubtedly the best conservation organization to contribute to and grow your dollars, the impacts of DU’s work on the ground will last for generations to come, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
Christiaan is from Suffolk, where he has served as the area chairman for eight years. In that time, he has been involved in the Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area dedication and the 2017 Ducks on Capitol Hill event as well as his local chapter events. He’s been recognized by his fellow volunteers with the 2010 Virginia State Chairman’s Award and the Virginia Distinguished Service Award.
For those considering volunteer engagement, Christiaan offers this encouragement, “Certainly, anyone in a DU leadership role has a full plate and managing that can be difficult, but the times of fellowship, accomplishments and successes make all the difference.”
Christiaan and his wife, Cristin, are Life Sponsors and had their first child, Jake, in May 2018. No doubt they will soon be passing on a love of all things outdoors and a deep-seated love for DU to the next generation of their family.
“It’s easy to sit back and talk about how great things used to be or wonder why someone doesn’t do something about this or that,” Christiaan said. “At some point, the rubber hits the road, and each individual has to put forth the effort to try and make the difference they want to see in the world. That’s what Ducks Unlimited is for me, and for so many other volunteers – our way to impact and improve the world for future generations.”