100 volunteers for Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary
Josh Nelles, a volunteer on HMCS Haida, raises Parks Canada’s centennial flag © Parks Canada
As part of its centennial celebrations activities, Parks Canada is recognizing 100 volunteers who have contributed significantly to the achievement of the Agency’s mandate by participating in volunteer activities at Parks Canada places. They will receive regional recognition and a laminated certificate signed by the Agency’s CEO.
Many of them, such as Beth Towe, in Waterton Lakes National Park, who has made it a personal mission to help our wildflowers flourish by removing non-native plants, are residents of local communities surrounding Parks Canada’s various sites. Others come from far away to share their knowledge, like Serge Sini who lives in Laval, QC and travels over 1,000 km to take part in wildlife inventories in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. Some volunteer as family, like the Cherepak Family in Kluane National Park and Reserve, who are involved in frog monitoring since 2009. Others are part of a group such as students of the Cardinal Carter Secondary School, who have restored the native plant community in the Lake Erie Sand Spit Savannah- a habitat in need of help in Point Pelee National Park.
Throughout this section, Parks Canada wants to take the opportunity to bring the contribution of volunteers to the forefront to recognize the important work they accomplish. Consult the list of all 100 volunteers recognized for their special involvement and take time to read the stories of four of them.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the Parks Canada site nearest you or visit us online at : www.parkscanada.gc.ca/volunteer.