SNC seeks com­mit­tee mem­bers

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Are you pas­sion­ate about your lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment? Is your New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to get in­volved in your com­mu­nity?

South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion (SNC) is seek­ing lo­cal vol­un­teers who are in­ter­ested in sit­ting on com­mit­tees or help­ing with a va­ri­ety of the Con­ser­va­tion’s Au­thor­ity’s ac­tiv­i­ties across its 4,384-square-kilo­me­tre ju­ris­dic­tion in East­ern On­tario.

“Do­nat­ing your time and en­ergy to a non-for-profit en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion can be ex­tremely re­ward­ing,” ex­plains John Mes­man, SNC’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Lead. “Your in­volve­ment, big or small, is im­por­tant in pro­tect­ing our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, and it can make a dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­nity.”

Vol­un­teers are needed start­ing next spring to help with park cleanup, fish, wildlife and wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing, habi­tat restora­tion, tree plant­ing, and events. Vol­un­teer hours will be ap­proved by SNC for par­tic­i­pat­ing high school stu­dents.

SNC has sev­eral prop­er­ties where vol­un­teers can act as eyes and ears on the ground as for­est stew­ards. For­est stew­ards re­ceive train­ing and as­sist SNC in the man­age­ment of forests by mon­i­tor­ing as­signed prop­er­ties in the vicin­ity of where they live.

The con­ser­va­tion au­thor­ity also op­er­ates four com­mit­tees made up of vol­un­teers within its 16-mem­ber mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. They re­view pro­jects be­ing de­vel­oped by staff and of­fer rec­om­men­da­tions to be pre­sented to the SNC Board of Di­rec­tors.

“You don’t need an en­vi­ron­men­tal back­ground to vol­un­teer with SNC,” adds Mr. Mes­man. “We’re al­ways look­ing for new peo­ple with fresh ideas.”

In ad­di­tion to vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, SNC is the lead­ing sum­mer stu­dent em­ployer in the re­gion. Lo­cal stu­dents gain ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the for­est, con­duct­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing, and de­liv­er­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams.

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in sum­mer em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with SNC are en­cour­aged to check the agency’s web­site in the coming weeks for op­por­tu­ni­ties in 2019.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.