Rosemary and Sid Jorna joined us as volunteers this Fall as HAT hosted the Good Neighbours Ayum Creek project in Sooke, and dove right in! We would like to recognize and thank them for their wonderful volunteerism.
Habitat Acquistion Trust held two projects removing invasive plants at Ayum Creek, and one removing Himalayan Blackberry to plant native pollinator-attracting hedgerows with the T'Sou-ke Nation. At all three events the Jorna's were there to take part. Through their leadership in the Juan de Fuca Trails Society, they were able to encourage others from the Trails Society to volunteer their time too. We always find the saying true, many hands make light work.
For a photo album from our Pollinator Hedgerow Planting at the T'Sou-ke Nation's Ladybug Nursery click here.
When asked about their inspiration for volunteering with us the Jorna's had this to say,
"We are on the executive of the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society. The Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society’s aims overlap with those of HAT so it was a natural fit to work with HAT in habitat restoration. As a Society we have organized the removal of broom from the Whiffin Spit over 10 years and will continue to keep it clear; now we have started working on the invasive plants in Ed McGregor Park.
During the last 3 years The Greater Victoria Green Team (GVGT) turned out to help us with the Whiffin Spit & Ed McGregor; when we learned the GVGT & HAT were working at Ayum Creek, the JdF Community Trails Society simply had to help. Sid and I, and our enthusiastic members had to pitch in. We all learnt a lot about native vegetation and native fauna. We met a great bunch of people sharing a common commitment to the environment so we are continuing to post your local events to our membership. "
Sid's favourite part about volunteering with Habitat Acquisition Trust so far has been attacking the dastardly Daphne in the forest at Ayum Creek. While for Rosemary, a memorable moment was meeting with a UVIC student who shared a mutual love for the Mer Bleu Bog in Ottawa. Volunteering can certainly be a wonderful way to meet people who share our passions, especially the connections we feel to natural places.
This couple truly exemplifies the community connections groups like HAT are building in the community to have a positive impact. We are so grateful to count Sid and Rosemary Jorna among the number of wonderful volunteers that makes our habitat enhancment and restoration work possible.
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