Category: Get Involved

Portland Island Remote Beach Cleanup

We had an epic cleanup with Surfrider UVic on Portland Island last weekend. 💙 It doesn't take long to see that even on a beautiful, remote island the plastic pollution problem persists. I could show you how pretty this Island is, but that’s not the point. The objective of the journey of these epic Surfrider UVic volunteers today was to highlight the issue of microplastics pollution on the semi-remote paradise,…

Chapter Meeting January 2019: What’s the deal with compostable plastics?

Welcome to the New Year! First and foremost, we’d like to thank every one of our volunteers and sponsors who helped make 2018 amazing. We tackled some pretty hard hitting issues, and we are so proud of the changes made. Let’s take a look back at what we accomplished. In June, Victoria was the first city in BC to ban plastic bags - well done! We signed up over 35…

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 – 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…

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…