Julie Ogden – Citizen of the Year 2018

Julie Ogden
Julie Ogden was selected the Citizen of the year in 2018 by the Greater Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce

Julie Ogden was born and raised in Emerson, New Jersey and now resides in Westwood.  Growing up with her parents, community service was a way of life. Julie said that her parents were always volunteering in our schools, church, and community. Julie’s dad was the little league coach the whole time she was a child. Some of Julie’s proudest moments were of him, stopping traffic for them to cross the street, as he proudly wore his auxiliary police uniform. Julie said with her upbringing, it would have been odd if she didn’t volunteer her time to the community.

The three things Julie Ogden is passionate about are: children, animals, and the environment (so that leads to a lot of diversity).

Bergen County 4H leader – Ther-happy Pets

  • Helped children to train their pets and arranged visits to nursing homes so that the children, seniors and animals could interact.

Therapy Dogs International handler

  • Trained her dogs to be therapy dogs and visited nursing homes

Animal Rescue Advocate

  • Implemented educational program for youth groups to raise awareness for animal rescue
  • Provide foster home and rehabilitation for homeless animals
  • Volunteer at adoption events
  • Transport animals to safety – She was part of the original Georgia Puppy Caravan that was turned into a movie
  • Grant writer for rescue groups

Animal Rescue Educator

  • Created a club for children interested in animal rescue
  • Club supports animal rescue in a myriad of ways:
    • Use technology skills to create public service announcements for animals in need of homes
    • Fundraising
    • Raise public awareness in the community
    • Contact public officials to provide better legislation for animals
    • Children have been involved in council meetings to discuss animal issues
    • Children have been empowered to use their right to peaceful protest to improve conditions for animals
    • Sometimes they just have fun!  Like being part of the Westwood Holiday parade.

Open Doors Foundation

  • Julie was a trustee for the Open Doors, An Amazing Grace Foundation
  • Co-created DogFest – A Bark in the Park event (Goals were to raise awareness for rescue pets in a positive venue, unify animal rescue groups, and provide a fun filled free event for families in the community)
  • Coordinated the Dogfest event for eight years starting with a few hundred spectators in Hillsdale and built it to a few thousand attending in Woodcliff Lake
  • Helped organize events for developmentally disabled adults

Woodcliff Lake Teacher

While Julie was paid to teach, the events listed are things she implemented on her own time:

  • Three times was selected to participate in The Ocean Conservancy summit with her students, giving them the opportunity to participate in hands on activities that taught marine ecology. Participated in beach clean-ups.
  • Four time winner of grant money from the Bergen County Utility Authorities that enabled the Woodcliff Lake Community to improve their environment
  • Co-ordinated clean-ups of the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir with Suez Water company that culminated in a Fishing Day for the students
  • Organized students into meeting the Panasonic Eco-Challenge which resulted in the Woodcliff Lake Middle School being selected by Subaru to partner in “Subaru Loves the Earth” program and a pollinators garden being planted on the school grounds creating a natural habitat for much needed pollinators.
  • Volunteered with the Woodcliff Lake Shade Tree Commission on numerous occasions to implement supplementary programs to educate students on the importance of trees.
  • Obtained field trip money from Target field trip grants to raise students’ awareness for community service and/or the environment.  Took them to waste water treatment centers, The Seeing Eye Program and others
  • Mentored students to receive service awards