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Volunteers bring passion to protecting nature in our area

Cathy Massig received her silver pin at the Annual General Meeting from Margaret Pomeroy. Harry Hall, Matt Thomson, Omer Mick, Tom Wilson and Jamie Powell also received pins. Gord Michener accepted a pins for Tom and Jamie.
Cathy Massig received her silver pin at the Annual General Meeting from Margaret Pomeroy. Harry Hall, Matt Thomson, Omer Mick, Tom Wilson and Jamie Powell also received pins. Gord Michener accepted a pins for Tom and Jamie.

There is power in numbers. With a strong and committed group of volunteers, The Couchiching Conservancy has helped to protect thousands of acres of wild lands with their assistance. The bulk of the volunteers do in the field work. Many are on property teams or are on-call to do in the field work such as pulling garlic mustard or doing trail maintenance.

Each year we recognize the contributions from long term volunteers. This year, six volunteers were presented with silver Conservancy pins at the Annual General Meeting.

Jamie Powell: Jamie stepped up for a leadership position soon after joining the board of directors. He served two terms as president, bringing a breezy quality to the table that often oiled the wheels of action. He is now active on the Past President’s Council and the Copeland Stewardship Committee.

Omer Mick: Omer has been a quiet, steady presence with the Conservancy for years now, working with Mary, his wife, on the Grant’s Woods Property Team and numerous other activities. He shows a willingness to help that makes him a prized volunteer.

Matt Thomson: A third generation Conservancy supporter, Matt is one of our most passionate volunteers. When he gets his teeth into something, he doesn’t let go. Matt was instrumental in keeping a turtle nesting project alive after funding disappeared, and he has worked on all sorts of building projects and property teams.

Cathy Massig: Few people are more passionate about the land they love than Cathy. She has led the Alexander Hope Smith Property Team for years now, caring for that forest like a mother bear. Thanks to Cathy, we have one of our most effective teams and a beautiful forest in good hands.

Harry Hall: Harry has contributed his remarkable energy to the Conservancy for years now as one of our key volunteers in Carden. Harry watches over Prairie Smoke as the property team leader and he is an intrepid canoe guide during the Carden Nature Festival, among other things.

Tom Wilson: We call him Marshal Dillon because he has wrangled the marshals and field trips for the Carden Nature Festival with an unrivalled efficiency and style. This year he has taken on the job of Ambassdor of Fun, injecting a number of on-site activities into the revamped Carden Nature Festival. Tom is also involved with several property teams on the Carden Plain and is a go to person for in the field jobs.

To date, 67 people have been presented with pins and 76 pins have been awarded (in gold and silver).

Thank you again to every single volunteer that has helped us through the years. Regardless of what it was that you did – it is all important and helps to make protecting nature for future generations a reality in our area.

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Written by Tanya Clark.