Volunteer Spotlight: December 2016
Olivia PinkDonor Relations Volunteer
Volunteer since: October 2016
WWF-Canada is fortunate to have committed, talented and passionate volunteers who donate their time and talents to help build a future where people and nature thrive.
Through our monthly Volunteer Spotlight, you can get to know these amazing people and find out what inspired them to take action for nature.
What inspired you to volunteer at WWF?
I recently began volunteering with WWF following the start of my Masters of Environmental Science; specializing in Conservation and Biodiversity. Throughout my courses I began to learn how the efforts of WWF has done so much for protecting species at risk worldwide. This immediately inspired me to volunteer at the organization that makes such a great difference in an area I am very passionate about.
How have you benefitted from your volunteer experience?
I have benefited from my volunteer experience by gaining so much knowledge on current conservation and biodiversity issues that the WWF is involved in. By volunteering within the Donor Relations department, I have had the opportunity to speak with and thank so many of WWF’s donors.
What did you learn about WWF, species or conservation that you didn’t know before you were a volunteer?
Since becoming a volunteer, I have learned a lot about how WWF has worked alongside of others to protect marine areas that are critical for species that are at risk. The most recent effort I learned about was the breakthrough in protecting Lancaster Sound. I was blown away by all the work WWF does and the progress they make!
What’s your favourite species or wild space?
It is very hard to choose - there are so many that I love! I would have to say one of my favorite species are elephants!
How do you connect with nature outside of your volunteer shifts at WWF?
I love to run and often connect with nature by exploring paths like the Brickworks and Tommy Thompson Park! In the summer, I love to go up north and be by one of Ontario's many beautiful lakes!