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Dig In! News - December 2011
A volunteer tour guide leading a group. Photo: Michelle Bourdon-Bastian.
What a Year!

If I were to sum up volunteering at Evergreen this year in one word, it would have to be “Growth.” About 1,500 of you have volunteered with us this year, and in your own unique way, you have helped Evergreen grow and deepen the connection between our urban communities and nature. You’ve cultivated natural habitats, branched out to new areas, fostered community and planted the seeds of new ideas. We’ve also had the pleasure of seeing many of you grow as individuals, as leaders, with your skills and expertise blossoming and your roots in Evergreen deepening.

As we wrap up 2011, we want to say a big thank you to everyone for growing with us this year—whether your contributions were as small as an acorn or as huge as an oak. We hope you’ll continue to grow with us into 2012.

Wishing you a great holiday season and an amazing New Year.

A Message from Evergreen Staff to You
Tips and Tools
Bright purple berries of Holly mahonia. Photo: Louis M. Landry.

Holly Mahonia

Holly mahonia can be found in the open woodlands of southern BC and Alberta. Learn more about this native plant we love.

Berries and foliage of mountain holly. Photo: Brenda Taylor.

Mountain Holly

This native plant is beautiful and dangerous, boasting thorns and toxic berries to protect it from predators. Learn more.

Jeremy Rifkin gives his opening address at the 2011 Brick Works Forum. Photo: Mike Derblich.

Mapping the Sustainable City

Internationally renowned author Jeremy Rifkin came to EBW as the keynote speaker for the Brick Works Forum this past fall. Watch the video of his opening address here.

Three young students bundle up and drink hot cider to stay warm by the fire. Photo: Michelle Laporte.

Get Outside

Evergreen encourages you to get outside this winter and we want you to be safe. Download this tip sheet (PDF, 180 KB) and read up on how to protect yourself from the cold.

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Evergreen 2.0

Whether you’re a social media guru or an Internet newbie, we want you to know about our growing range of social media initiatives. Keep up with what’s new on the sustainability front and help spread the word online by reading and sharing our blog, watching videos on our YouTube channel, joining our Facebook pages in the GTA and BC and following us on Twitter at @EvergreenCanada or @EvergreenBC.

2011 National Tree Tally: 12,907 trees and shrubs + 7,202 wildflowers. Way to grow!!
Your Impact
Volunteers at Earth Day celebrations in Vancouver. Photo: Kristina Heep.

A Very Good Year

Check out this image gallery to see some of the many ways 1,500 Evergreen volunteers have made a difference across Canada this year—notice any familiar faces?

Volunteers at a planting event in Markham, ON. Photo: Evergreen.

The Gift of Your Time

Volunteering is a great way to give back at this time of year—and has added health benefits too! Find out more.

Screenshot of project map.

Our Green Land

In the face of today’s environmental concerns it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But this map of Canada shows how you’re part of a huge movement to ensure that all Canadians stay connected with nature, one green space at a time.

A panelist speaks during the 2011 Brick Works Forum. Photo: Mike Derblich.

Let Your Voice be Heard

Help us shape the volunteer experience at Evergreen by filling out this 5–10 minute survey. Complete it by January 31 and you could win some cool Evergreen swag! Look for highlights from the survey in an upcoming issue of Dig In!

Yuen and Klaus. Photos: Evergreen.

Volunteers: East Meets West

Our volunteers in Vancouver and Toronto may be more than 4,000 kilometres apart but their passion for making cities more livable is the same. Read more.

Current Volunteer Opportunities
Skaters enjoy a sunny day on the ice. Photo: Evergreen.

Skating Assistant

Join our team of experienced ice skaters to assist in ice rink monitoring, outdoor food cooking/prep and promoting skate rentals/donations.

Camp counsellor Brian shows a camper how to make cordage. Photo: Michelle Laporte.

Assistant Day Camp Counsellor

Help kids connect to nature. Work with Camp staff and program leaders to inspire 6–12 year olds to explore and discover the green side of Toronto.

Volunteers show some kids how to make pizza. Photo: Michelle Laporte.

Weekend Program Assistant

Get involved with our weekend programming. Help with set-up, family programs, outdoor education, meet local producers and more.

Program staff lead kids in activities around the outdoor fire at EBW. Photo: Michelle Laporte.

Outdoor Teaching Assistant

Transform students through the power of nature! Apply your teaching skills to nature-based educational programming at Evergreen Brick Works.

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Evergreen About Evergreen

Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future.

Photo credits: Michelle Laporte (Top right image collage, Three girls, Camp counsellor, WPA, Outdoor teaching assistant), Louis M. Landry (Holly mahonia), Brenda Taylor (Mountain holly), Mike Derblich (Jeremy Rifkin, Volunteer survey), Kristin Heep (Good Year).

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