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…

Surfrider Speaks Out Against Trudeau’s Endorsement of Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Each year, Surfrider Foundation Canada leads thousands of British Columbia volunteers in coastal protection. Chapters in Vancouver, Victoria and Tofino bring together residents by pairing a passion for ocean recreation with environmental stewardship. Their activities include beach cleanups, citizen science, sporting events, public awareness and environmental education. While the fabric of Surfrider volunteers resembles a kaleidoscope as colourful as Canada’s population they are united by a common thread: a love…

Volunteer Spotlight – Shelly Urquhart

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? My favourite outdoor activity is walking on the beach with my dog Benjamin Stanley. He goes almost everywhere with me. How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? 2 years. Why did you become involved? I became involved with Surfrider because as I become more aware of what plastic (in particular) is doing to the planet and other species on the planet, I needed to do…

Volunteer Spotlight – Carol-Lynne Michaels

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Hiking or walking alongside the ocean. How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? 3 years Why did you become involved? Stacy White suggested I get involved, so I gave a short talk at a chapter meeting about my choice and challenges taking on a lifestyle that avoids plastic. After meeting everyone and finding out more, I wanted to support Surfrider more actively. What was the last…

‘If By Sea’ annual fundraiser was a great success!

On September 22nd, Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island Chapter kicked-off the first Wild Water International Film Festival with our annual fundraiser. This year, we paired the film festival with a photography exhibition called "If By Sea". The photos were on display for a week before the show and then auctioned off the night of the event. Six renowned photographers (both local and international) donated their images for the show. We also had an…

Volunteer Spotlight – Randall Cook

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Attempting to slide down the side of a moving mound of water How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? About 2 years Why did you become involved? The clean-up programs and awareness initiatives resonated with me What was the last SFVI event you attended or volunteered at? I attended the Annual Fundraiser, “If By Sea: Art Auction & Short Film Screening” on Sept 22nd and…

Volunteer Spotlight – Nicola Wakefield

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Beachcombing and biking around town How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? Two years Why did you become involved? I became involved because I was seeing more and more garbage on the local beaches that I grew up on and wanted to become part of the community that is working to keep them clean! What was the last SFVI event you attended or volunteered at?…