Mopping up Mortlach with MEC

Volunteers Jeffrey Price and Dylan Gross roll wire and clear the fence line at NCC's Mortlach Conservation Volunteer event, Fall 2014. (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers Jeffrey Price and Dylan Gross roll wire and clear the fence line at NCC's Mortlach Conservation Volunteer event, Fall 2014. (Photo by NCC)

November 13, 2014 | by Shirley Humphries | 0 Comments

The purchase of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property near Mortlach, Saskatchewan was partly funded by a donation from the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). As a member of MEC since the mid-1970s, I wanted to help "mop up" the Mortlach property. On this and previous NCC Conservation Volunteers opportunities, I have appreciated the role of NCC partners who donate funds, employee time, trees and shrubs for planting and/or lunch for participants, for example.

I've noticed corporate partners also encourage their employees to volunteer for NCC projects. This helps inform and involve more people.

I've met many people of diverse ages and occupations during NCC volunteer events. Volunteering is fun and rewarding personally. It is time with others in a beautiful and new (to me) outdoor space while making a positive difference for our planet and its diverse residents. Volunteering is very encouraging for our future. Personal and corporate engagement, as well as government funding, protects ecosystems, enhances our environment and builds our social networks.

View my photo journal from the Mopping Up Mortlach Conservation Volunteers event >

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Shirley Humphries is a teacher who has retired from working for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation.

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