Happy International Volunteering Day

It’s safe to say that there are never enough hours in the day and each of us is always short of time. Yet, more than 1,200 people in our community care so much about Stanley Park that they managed to find time to help us deliver our programs over the past year.

Volunteers help us in hundreds of different ways and are involved in almost everything we do. Some volunteers help us with our website and IT systems, others sell organic popcorn at SPES’ Cob House in the Miniature Railway Plaza, organize our library and keep our databases up-to-date. The vast majority of our volunteers, however, help us with hands-on conservation and stewardship projects in the Park.

From all of us here at SPES’ home in the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, thanks everybody, you are amazing!

L-R: John Geiger, president RCGS; Danny Catt; Dr. Denis St-Onge, past president, RCGS.

While all of our volunteers make us proud on a daily basis and deserve to be celebrated, one of our volunteer board members, Danny Catt, recently received the prestigious title of Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.  Danny, an instructor in BCIT’s Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program, was inducted as a fellow on November 7, 2012 at the Society’s AGM.

John Geiger, president, Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), said this about Danny: “The Mandate of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world. Danny has been doing just that for over 25 years through his formal teaching, and, just as importantly, by his guiding and photography in the Arctic and from coast to coast in Canada . What makes Danny unique from many RCGS fellows is that through his international Catt-Trax journeys, followed by thousands across Canada and around the globe, he also makes the world better known to Canadians. I think he will prove to be a great ambassador for the Society.”

Congratulations, Danny, your passion for the world around us is inspirational and we are very proud to count you among our volunteers.