Volunteer Spotlight – Sam Charlton

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Surfing! How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? 3 years Why did you become involved? To meet other people in the area who love surfing and who are also environmentally conscious and active. What was the last SFVI event you attended or volunteered at? Cadboro Bay beach clean-up on August 14th What is your favourite SFVI event/activity? The Wave Hunt! What is the #1 thing…

Sewage Treatment Now!

September 12, 2016 Dear CRD Board Members, On behalf of Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Island Chapter, I’m writing to ask you to please strongly encourage the Capital Regional District Board (CRD) to accept the CRD Sewage Treatment Project Board's recommendations. The CRD Sewage Treatment Project Board's recommendations are an opportunity to move forward with tertiary wastewater treatment and meet the provincial and federal funding deadlines. The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots,…

Volunteer Spotlight – Kenzie Wharram

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Eating ice cream! How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? 2 years Why did you become involved? My mom told me I had to. What was the last SFVI event you attended or volunteered at? The beach clean-up at Cadboro Bay on August 14th. What is your favourite SFVI event/activity? The meetings because I love grown-up conversations! What is the #1 thing you are doing…

Volunteer Spotlight – Kristi Woodall

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Time spent near the water. How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? Since the Whiffin Spit beach clean-up in 2015 Why did you become involved? It’s a simple job that I do anyways. Picking up in numbers is just so much more satisfying. We all love our waterways, unfortunately they have to be cleaned up constantly. What was the last SFVI event you attended or…

Volunteer Spotlight – Regen Wharram

What’s your favourite outdoor activity?  Playing at the park. How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? 2 years Why did you become involved? Because my mom wanted me to come to the beach clean-ups. What was the last SFVI event you attended or volunteered at? The beach clean-up at Cadboro bay on August 14th. What is your favourite SFVI event/activity? The Pride Parade float in 2015. What is the #1…

Volunteer Spotlight – Henry Montgomery-Daves

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? Picking up trash! How long have you been picking up trash? Probably since I was one year old! When was the last time that you picked up trash? Today! What is your favourite thing to do to help the environment? Picking up trash near the river and helping my dad with his farm. What happens when trash gets into the river? It flows down the…

Volunteer Spotlight – Maureen Hluchy

What’s your favourite outdoor activity? I love to ride my bike, but my favourite coastal activity is swimming in our local oceans and rivers. How long have you volunteered with Surfrider? A year and a half. Why did you become involved? I realized that the amount of plastic waste in the world is ridiculous and single-use plastic bags need to be eliminated. I joined to help out with the Ban…

International Plastic Bag Free Day

July 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day! We are celebrating this day by asking everyone to take the plastic free pledge! For just one day, or perhaps even longer! From 2-6pm, volunteers will be at the Surfrider tent outside of RBC in Cook St. Village. Come by the tent and learn about our Rise Above Plastics program and sign the petition to ban single-use plastic checkout bags in Victoria!…

Cigarette butts collected from Victoria streets are recycled

A small program to clean up downtown Victoria’s streets has mushroomed in just a month. About 25,000 discarded cigarette butts were gathered in the city over the past month, thanks to the expansion of a collection program. A lone disposal container for butts was installed on Broad Street outside Coastline Surf Shop, and now 19 more, worth about $100 each, have been placed around downtown. It’s part of a pilot…

Environmental group urges smokers to put butts in bins

Local members of the Surfrider Foundation have a simple message for smokers: Hold on to your butt. The environmental group’s multi-city campaign urges smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts somewhere other than streets, parks and beaches, proclaiming: Beaches and Streets Are Not Ashtrays. For now, there is a single disposal canister for spent cigarettes on Broad Street next to the Victoria Event Centre, but the plan is to add…