HAT is volunteers like Gord

About two years ago, Gord Warrenchuk figured he’d earned enough money in his life. Instead of ending his career as a computer database specialist, however, he just started doing it for free. “I really like my job,” he said at his home office in James Bay. Doing it as a volunteer lets him do what he loves without the bureaucracy that came with much of his paid work. Gord has created a database for HAT's landowner contacts throughout the region so that we can keep in touch with our Habitat Stewards. Other regional land trusts are working with Gord to use the same database for their outreach efforts. Thanks Gord!

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Employment Opportunity at HAT

Currently there are no employment opportunities with HAT...

...but that doesn't mean there isn't a way for you to get your feet on the land and your hands in the earth! With a staff of 5, HAT is always looking for new volunteers to help with conservation, monitoring, counting species at risk, tabling for events, and helping out around the office, and it would be our pleasure to get to know you. If you're interested, take a look at our Volunteering page and sign up as a volunteer. You can also stay up to date on what HAT is working on by reading the HAT blog, and you can sign up for HAT's e-newsletter, The Fern (sign-up form is on the left), to get South Island conservation stories, news, and events right in your inbox.

As our Habitat Management Coordinator, Wendy, has been known to say: you heal yourself when you participate in healing the land. Join the HAT community as a volunteer and work in relationship with where you live. 

Join us for some great events, and keep your eyes on this page for any updates.

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Gala Dinner sold out & map

We pleased to announce that the Gala Dinner is sold ou, though we wish more of you could join us for the evening.

For those who have reserved seats for the evening, we look forward to seeing at 6:00pm at the Fireside Grill at 4509 West Saanich Rd tomorrow (March 10th).  See below for a map to the Fireside, and look for the large Garry oaks as you drive up West Saanich.

Thank you once again to our sponsors, The Pinch Group at Raymond James, and BMO Harris Private Banking, and to the local businesses that have donated items for the silent auction.

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Kids give Carr's lily field a makeover

Students at South Park Elementary have been doing more than planting trees in a corner of their Douglas Street schoolyard -they've been digging into the history of their James Bay community.

Makayla Kew, 9, right, holds up a worm to show her fellow South Park Elementary student Aurora Ralph, 7, while Aurora's sister Asha, 4, examines the soil.

Photograph by: Debra Brash, Times Colonist. Article by Jeff Bell

Students at South Park Elementary have been doing more than planting trees in a corner of their Douglas Street schoolyard -they've been digging into the history of their James Bay community.

With the help of workers from the City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria school district, and guidance from the Habitat Acquisition Trust, the students are creating a nativespecies garden in an area known to have been favoured by one of James Bay's most famous residents -Emily Carr.

One of the inspirations for the South Park students, staff and parents is a Carr essay she wrote in The Book of Small (first published in 1942), which describes the environs of the site they are improving at Douglas and Niagara streets, just across the roadway from Beacon Hill Park.

"Nothing, not even fairyland, could have been so lovely as our lily field," Carr wrote. "The field was roofed by tall, thin pine trees. The lilies were sprinkled everywhere."

The school project is part of the Habitat Acquisition Trust's Green Spots Program, which aims to help children from kindergarten to Grade 7 get closer to nature.

South Park vice-principal Anne Nilsen said the effort is the first part of a plan to reclaim an overgrown area full of invasive species and often fouled with garbage by passersby.

It will be returned to its natural state as a Garry oak meadow. "Eventually we'll have more trees planted in there and all sorts of things to make it really like a lovely garden," Nilsen said.

The assistance of city gardeners from Beacon Hill Park and school district personnel has made a big difference, Nilsen said.

"We've had co-operation from everybody."

Additional plantings will be done over the next several years.

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Thanks to all the Businesses that donated items for the silent auction

Update:  Thank you to Karen Wood for donating 2 fabolous baskets, and a framed, limited edition Sue Coleman giclee.

Also, the Four Seasons Whister has donated a 2 nights stay in a Deluxe King Room, and the Hemp & Company is donating a gift certificate. Four Seasons hotel Whistler

HAT is very lucky to have received donations from many local business for this years silent auction!  We'd like to say THANK YOU to:

Alternatives Magazine www.alternativesjournal.ca

BC Wineguys www.bcwineguys.com

Robert Bateman www.robertbateman.ca

Coastal Fitness Solutions www.coastalfitnesssolutions.com

Good Planet Company www.goodplanet.com

Kiwi Cove Lodge in Ladysmith www.kiwicovelodge.com

The Market Stores www.themarketstores.com

Moksha Yoga  www.mokshayogavictoria.com

Mountain Equipment Coop www.mec.ca

Ocean River Sports  www.oceanriver.com

Pacific Surf School www.pacificsurfschool.com

Pender Cottage Getaway www.penderisland.info

Philips Brewery www.phillipsbeer.com

Sapphire Day Spa www.sapphiredayspa.com

The Soap Exchange www.victoriasoapexchange.com

WetCleaner www.thewetcleaner.com

Wine Kitz www.winekitzsaanich.com

We hope you will join us on March 10th at the Fireside Grill!

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