By Ashley Kimber, Greenspace Coordinator
As we come to the end of another successful year of community greening in the GTA, we’d like to thank our Volunteer Leaders for their support and hard work in 2013.
Community Greening Volunteer Leaders (CGVLs) are dedicated volunteers who assist with running our planting and stewardship events in Peel, York, Halton, Toronto and at Evergreen Brick Works. These are individuals who are interested in learning more about ecological restoration and community engagement, and commit to helping out with our events for a full planting season or longer.
This year our team had 20 active members, including our longest-running volunteer leader Laurie Miki. Laurie has been a CGVL in Peel for the last 6 years and continues to volunteer “to assist Mother Nature, learn new things about the environment and (gain) ongoing education that you can't get in school.”
CGVLs receive special training and gain valuable skills working alongside Evergreen staff; growing confidence in their leadership skills as well as improving their knowledge of native trees and plants, invasive species and community engagement. Laurie credits the role to also helping her develop her event photography and public speaking skills.
Evergreen Greenspace staff appreciate the invaluable support that CGVLs provide to our events across the GTA. Lorraine Chung, Greenspace project coordinator, agrees: “Having CGVLs help out at our events is really great because they are always hard-working, enthusiastic and help make the event fun and engaging for all volunteers.” On behalf of Evergreen, we would like to send a big THANK YOU to all of our Volunteer Leaders of 2013!
Interested in the role of Community Greening Volunteer Leader? Want to engage your community in tree planting and stewardship initiatives in 2014? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.