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NCC Magazine - Spring 2017

YOUR VOICES Generations

YOUR VOICES Generations of caring “My 10-year-old granddaughter, Tanaeya, and I travelled from Ontario to Saskatchewan to volunteer at Old Man on His Back (OMB). I had the desire to visit OMB after reading Sharon Butala’s books, and discovering the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) volunteer program made all of our travel plans easier. We could not only visit OMB, we could stay all weekend and they would feed us, too! All for the price of walking around in the prairie sunshine, putting cans on fence posts, putting markers on fence wires and meeting other caring Canadians. This experience showed us that by volunteering, ordinary Canadians can make a difference to help protect the land. I wish every child and grandmother could have the experience of sleeping under the stars and waking up to a Saskatchewan sunrise!” ~ Jean Kendall, Brantford, Ontario Nature for all! “For me, nature and the prairies are exotic! I am originally from Vancouver. While there is Stanley Park, and many other smaller parks for Vancouver residents, as a child I never got to experience nature very often. The first time I volunteered for NCC, it was on a field trip that involved the local multicultural society, allowing new Canadians to see the natural prairie landscape that was now their new home. I support the conservancy with my donations and time because it preserves what remains of the wilderness and teaches all of us to appreciate the grasses, trees, air, gophers, deer, moose and insects — even mosquitoes — that live with us! We need to appreciate what we have, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada teaches us how.” ~ Gail Chin, Regina, Saskatchewan Front lines of conservation “As an NCC volunteer and land donor in west Quebec, I appreciate the intrinsic value of protected spaces. My wife, Charlotte, and I have donated to NCC approximately 300 acres (120 hectares) of property in the Ottawa River watershed. It’s not a huge property, but it can now continue to mature as a protected natural forest and productive wetlands. Perhaps, when combined with other properties, it will contribute to an important wildlife corridor. “I also volunteer at other NCC properties along the Ottawa River — in Breckenridge, Clarendon and Bristol, Quebec. I greatly enjoy the opportunities to learn from other volunteers as well as fisheries biologists and ornithologists as they survey properties to guide conservation efforts. “I spent the final years of my career [as an assistant deputy minister for Environment Canada] working on environmental policies and regulations. Now, to be on the front lines, working on the properties, gives me great satisfaction.” ~ Barry Stemshorn, Gatineau, Quebec MARK TAYLOR. GAIL CHIN. NCC. Send us your stories! magazine@natureconservancy.ca NATURE CONSERVANCY OF CANADA 36 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1A1