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Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Volunteer Opportunities 2017

Glad Clean up the Capital Event

Date: Saturday September 30, 2017

Location: Pinecrest Creek

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Contact: City Stream Watch Coordinator

To volunteer email: citystreamwatch@rvca.ca

We will be doing stream garbage clean up at Pinecrest Creek. There are several areas that require attention so depending on the number of volunteers we will be selecting a couple of areas to clean up within the stream and riparian area. Please do RSVP so we can plan ahead the places we can clean up in this stream. Our meeting location will be determined by the number of volunteers for this event, so please do wait for follow up details for this event.

Map to location: https://goo.gl/maps/oocMU4qdDen

Contact: citystreamwatch@rvca.ca

Volunteer Field Sampling

Date: Monday 02 October 2017 – Tuesday 31 October 2017

Location: 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick (corner of Prince of Wales and Jockvale)

Contact: Adrienne Lewis

To volunteer email: adrienne.lewis@rvca.ca

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is looking for volunteers to help with field sampling during the month of October.

Volunteers will gain experience with the following:

  • YSI
  • Field experience
  • Secchi disk
  • Composite sampler
  • Van Doren
  • Canoeing
  • Kick and sweep techniques for benthic invertebrates
  • Water flow measurements

Field sampling will take place Monday-Friday, typically between 8 am to 4 pm, however some days may go longer. There is no set number of days that volunteers will be required to do.

Volunteers should be comfortable around water, wearing chest waders, wading through streams and touching benthic invertebrates.

Volunteers will need to arrange their own transportation to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority office located at 3889 Rideau Valley Drive in Manotick.

Please contact Sarah MacLeod Neilson at sarah.macleod-neilson@rvca.ca or Adrienne Lewis at adrienne.lewis@rvca.ca if you are interested in volunteering or by phone 613-692-3571

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Summer Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Volunteer Experience

Summer Ottawa Food Bank Community
Harvest Program Volunteer Experience

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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).

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!