Volunteer Spotlight – Jean-Francois Savard

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? 3 years Why did you become involved? It's important for me to protect what we have now for future generations to enjoy. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? Our upcoming remote beach clean ups which will be done with our dedicated volunteers and our ever supporting sponsors. What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Some people call it surfboarding!…

Victory for Recreational Ocean Users

Surfrider Vancouver Island is stoked that we all get to paddle and play in a soon-to-be cleaner marine environment! What great news it was to hear that we are mere weeks away from breaking ground on our new tertiary wastewater treatment facility! It is such a victory for us all to have clean water. There were many moments over the past few years when it felt hard to stay engaged…

Volunteer Spotlight – Darcy O’Neill

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? About three and a half years, since July 2013. Why did you become involved? To involve myself in the local surf community and to become a better environmental citizen. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? As treasurer I am lucky to have some involvement in all campaigns and programs to provide financial oversight and administration. I can…

Volunteer Spotlight – Annie Gibson

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? Since December 2012 Why did you become involved? I love being near water and I’ve been cleaning more garbage off of them over the years. When I found that Surfrider was trying to do something about it, I had to join in...Protect what you love! What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? Wavehunt 2017 at China Beach on…

Volunteer Spotlight – Rachael Montgomery

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? 3 years Why did you become involved? I was excited about getting to spend more time with like-minded people who are passionate about making change. I went to a few Chapter meetings and it was inspiring to see people volunteer their time because they are passionate about protecting our coastlines. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? 2017…

Volunteer Spotlight – Erin Willows

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? 5 Years. Why did you become involved? After learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution and my own plastic footprint, I couldn’t stand by and watch what was happening to the environment around me without taking action. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI? The Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program dedicated to the elimination of plastic waste in the…

Volunteer Spotlight – Lynn Wharram

How long have you volunteered with SFVI? Since 2013. Why did you become involved? I wanted to make a difference and saw this as an opportunity to find out how. What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017? More beach cleanups! I love cleaning beaches to the point where it has become a bit of an addiction. I can’t say no when someone asks for our…

Volunteer Spotlight – Jessica Weber

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Hiking and exploring new parks and trails. How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? 2 years Why did you become involved? I’ve always been passionate about protecting the environment. This was the perfect thing to volunteer with, that could easily be done with the family and kids included. What was the last SFVI event you attended or volunteered at? Monthly beach cleanup. What is your…

Blue Water Task Force – Year End Summary

Water Quality Testing Results for 2016 In 2016, 26 water samples were collected from 17 sampling locations (Figure 1) and were tested for the number of bacterial cells present in the sample. Three of the sample locations were freshwater, thus were analyzed for E. coli. The other 14 sample locations were marine water, thus were analyzed for Enterococcus. Results of the bacterial analyses are shown in Table 1 and Figures…

Volunteer Spotlight -Taylor Jenks

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? All of it! Thrashing around in the waves, wandering up a mountain, or taking the dog to the park. How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? Just about a year. Why did you become involved? A friend introduced me to Surfrider; Whether we surf or not so many of us enjoy the coast and we have so many opportunities to help protect it, plus the…