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Jordyn Burns is on the Alexander Hope-Smith Property Monitoring team, and does Invasive Species Monitoring on Windmill Ranch.

Each month, we feature a volunteer randomly drawn from the hundreds of people who give their time to protecting nature for the  Couchiching Conservancy.  This month:

60 Seconds With Jordyn Burns…

1. What are your hobbies?

Hiking, backcountry canoeing and camping, photography and reading.

2.  Did you choose your career, or did your career choose you?

Nursing chose me.  In highschool I loved biology, anatomy, medicine, and helping people.  Nursing naturally incorporates all of these. 

3.  What would you do if you won the lottery?

After donating money to the Couchiching Conservancy and the hospital?  Travel the world!

4. What is your favourite book?

The Lord of the Rings.  I read the first book when I was ten and I’ve read them all four times now.  I love the detail and the fact that it is nature-centred. 

5.  What makes you laugh?

Mostly I laugh at myself.

6. Who do you admire the most, living or dead?

That is a very long list, I’ll have to skip this question.

7.  Where would you go if you were invisible? 

I would explore the deep sea.  Without invisibility I’d be afraid of being eaten. 

8.  What is the best concert or play you’ve ever been to?

Definitely Pink Floyd:  The Wall at the Rogers Centre. 

9.  What are you interested in that most people have never heard of?

Art by Alex Grey.  He does spiritual paintings of human anatomy. 

10.  What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?

Well, obviously The Lord of the Rings.  Probably sunscreen.  Am I obligated to say food and water?  …because I really just want to take things that will entertain me.

11.  What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful that I live in Canada.  I’m grateful for the people, the peace and safety, the biodiversity and the opportunities for wilderness and outdoor adventure.  I love it that Canada is not densely populated.

12.  Where were you born?

I was born in Orillia, at Soldier’s Memorial Hospital.  I’ve never lived anywhere but Orillia.  When I was in highschool, many of my friends hated the town and couldn’t wait to get out, but I’ve always loved it here.  I’ve never been on a plane or been to the ocean.  I disagree that you have to go far away to see something interesting.  

13.  What is something you like to do the old fashioned way?

Cooking:  I make my own applesauce, jams, bread, pies and soup. 

14.  What inspired you to volunteer for the Couchiching Conservancy, and what is the most interesting experience you have had so far?

I want to help protect the land that’s close to me, and to be a part of the good work the Conservancy does.  On one of our first Property Monitoring Visits, I saw a Bobcat track and was able to identify it (and Dave Hawke verified it later).  That was a wonderful feeling. 


Grant Mask and Sue McIntosh on Bluebird Ranch

60 Seconds with Grant Mask

1. If you could be any animal, who would you be?

I think it would be cool to be a Barn Swallow.  I have a swallow tattoo on my shoulder…unfortunately it’s head looks more like a Chickadee and I’m going to have to get it modified!  I’ve always thought it was romantic that swallows travel long distances and come back home.

2.  Who do you admire the most?

60 Seconds with Grant Mask

I admire the musician Jack Johnson.  What’s not to admire about someone who plays guitar, cares about the environment, sings love songs, and surfs?!

3.  If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be and who would play you?

It would be an awkward comedy starring Michael Cera.

4.  Where would you go if you were invisible?

I think it would be fascinating to see the underground tunnel system in downtown Orillia.  I don’t understand why there’s not more interest in it.

5.  What are you most afraid of?

Maybe its not my biggest fear, but I am anxious for the first time I encounter a large Snapping turtle that needs to be helped across the road.

6.  If you could teleport anywhere, where would you go?

Latin America.  I’d brush up on my Spanish, eat loads of vegetarian food, and spend time on the beach.

7.  Where were you born?


8.  What do you like most about volunteering for the Couchiching Conservancy?

I’d like to quote Mark Bisset on this one:  “It is a privilege to do work that is aligned with my personal values.” 

Grant Mask has been volunteering for the Couchiching Conservancy since the spring of 2017.  He monitors Mill Creek in Scout Valley with Morris Ilyniak, and is on the Bluebird Ranch Property Team with Sue Mcintosh.