Category: Get Involved

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?…

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…

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 – 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!…