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Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Volunteer Opportunities

Cleaning the Capital Event – Sawmill Creek
Date: Saturday – September 24
Location: Towngate Mall (Located near Hunt Club / Bank St Intersection)
Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM (2-3 Hrs)

Cleaning the Capital is a citywide cleanup campaign that occurs in the spring and fall of every year. Residents come together as a community and combine efforts to make the city clean and green. The City Stream Watch has been participating in this initiative for many years, and we wish to target the Sawmill Creek area for cleanup. Garbage has been noted in three distinct reaches, as we will divide our group between locations based on requirement and preference. If you are interested, please contact justin.robert@rvca.ca for further details.

Black Rapids Wetland Enhancement – Riparian Planting Day
Date: TBD (Early October)
Location: Woodroffe Ave near Fallowfield

The NCC is collaborating with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund to design and construct a wetland in the headwaters of Black Rapids Creek, located in the Greenbelt. Project implementation will include re-vegetation of the riparian area by planting native trees, shrubs and wetland vegetation, as well as stabilizing soils through bioengineering approaches. Event details/schedule will be finalized shortly. If you are interested, please contact justin.robert@rvca.ca for further details.

TreeFest Ottawa – Brewer Park Pond (Invasive Species Removal)
Date: Saturday – October 15
Location: Brewer Park Pond (off Bronson Ave, near Carleton University)

Tree Fest Ottawa’s fall festival is a new festival in Ottawa dedicated to celebrating and appreciating trees. The festival will be held in Brewer Park, in September and October 2016, and it will offer a host of activities and exhibits to suit people interested in nature, art, food and community. In collaboration with TreeFest Ottawa, the RVCA will be hosting an invasive species workshop and removal session throughout the day. Participants will assist in the removal of flowering rush from the shoreline area. Stay for as short or as long as you’d like. We encourage you to visit and make your way around the festival. If you are interested, please contact justin.robert@rvca.ca for further details.

Date: Saturday – October 22
Location:  Lodge Rd / Prince of Wales Dr (Jock River Landing)
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

City Stream Watch, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and the Ottawa Flyfishers Society are pairing up on October 22 for an exciting aquatic insect, fish and flyfishing workshop! From 10:00AM to 2:00PM participants will learn how to sample and identify fish and benthic macro-invertebrates. The event will be of a “hands-on” nature and will be taught by Rideau Valley Conservation Authority staff. After lunch, the Ottawa Flyfishers Society will take over, providing fly casting demonstrations and pairing up with participants for a little more “hands on” experience of a fishing nature. Equipment will be provided.  This part of the program should run from about 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Due to the nature of the event, we must limit the session to 30 people.  If you are interested, please contact justin.robert@rvca.ca for further details. There will be a waiting list for those who email after signup is full, in case of cancellations.

Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN)
Date(s): October 1 – October 31
Location: RVCA Office (3889 Rideau Valley Dr)
Time: Approx. 8:00AM – 4:00PM

The RVCA is currently seeking volunteers for its aquatic insect monitoring program. Aquatic insects (or benthic macroinvertebrates) are highly sensitive to environmental conditions, and are used as indicators of habitat and water quality. Field sampling will take place from Monday to Friday throughout October, and will require a full day commitment (approx. 8AM-4PM). Volunteers will need to arrange their own transportation to the RVCA office located at 3889 Rideau Valley Drive in Manotick. If you are interested, please contact Adrienne Lewis at adrienne.lewis@rvca.ca

Watershed Watch – Water Quality Sampling
Date(s): September 26 – October 28
Location: RVCA Office (3889 Rideau Valley Dr)
Time: Approx. 8:00AM – 4:00PM

The Watershed Watch program is looking for volunteers to help with the collection of water quality samples. Volunteers will gain experience with the following equipment/practices:

  • YSI, Secchi disk, Composite sampler, Van Doren, Canoeing , Water flow measurements

Field sampling will take place from Monday to Friday throughout September/October, and will require a full day commitment (approx. 8AM-4PM). Volunteers will need to arrange their own transportation to the RVCA office located at 3889 Rideau Valley Drive in Manotick. If you are interested, please contact Sarah MacLeod-Neilson at sarah.macleod@rvca.ca

Summer Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Volunteer Experience

Summer Ottawa Food Bank Community
Harvest Program Volunteer Experience

photo of students planting onions for food bank

Contact Nika Linseman, Programs Support Officer in the
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
to confirm and verify your involvement
on the CCR (Co-Curricular Record).

The Co-Curricular Record recognizes “out of class” activities of all students (undergraduate and graduate students) including student life programs, leadership development, community service learning and involvement activities that contribute to the student experience.

By adding involvement experiences (through Carleton Central) to your CCR, students will be able to present this official documentation to prospective employers and professional graduate schools. The CCR is designed to complement an academic transcript and demonstrate the holistic learning students’ engaged in during their academic career.

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Why Volunteer?
Top 10 reasons to Volunteer

  1. It’s good for you! Research shows that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability as they get older and report good health more often. What’s more, the more you volunteer, the better the stats become.
  2. Get happy. Those who volunteer are less likely to be depressed. So, go for it—put on a happy face.
  3. Learn something new. Volunteering is a great way learn a new skill.
  4. Belong. No man or woman is an island. There is no better way to meet good people and connect with your community.
  5. It feels good. Yup—it’s true. It just plain feels good to give back to your community—it’s as good as eating ice cream. Why not do both?
  6. Be up on yourself. Volunteers consistently report a high feeling of self-worth, achievement and higher motivation.
  7. Move up the ladder. In a recent study more than 90% of employers feel that volunteering enhances job skills, and over 70% said they would hire someone with volunteer experience over someone without.
  8. Get out of a rut. Need a change of career? Volunteering is a great way to explore and get experience in a new field.
  9. Spend time with others who share similar interests. Volunteering is a great way to meet others with similar interests. Pick a cause or passion and give back to yourselves and the community at the same time!
  10.  Enrich your life. Volunteering adds meaning in many ways, through learning new skills, making new friendships, and by making our community a better place to live. Show yourself and people around you that you care—perhaps you can inspire them too!