Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

ISCBC Celebrates International Volunteer Day

ISCBC volunteer at a reseeding event, BC Wildlife Park

Published December 5, 2021

International Volunteer Day takes place every year on December 5 to celebrate the impact of volunteer efforts from across the globe.

Since 2019, ISCBC has inspired over 450 youth from across British Columbia to give back to their communities and help prevent the spread of invasive species. Volunteers have participated in many community service activities including weed pulls, habitat restoration, community science and much more. During 2021, ISCBC youth volunteers improved over 60 community sites and volunteered over 8,000 hours!

Our youth volunteer program was also nominated as a finalist for the Best Youth Engagement Organization (20+ Staff) Award, as part of the Charity Village Conference and Awards. The nomination recognizes our strong engagement and approach that resonates with youth and inspires them to take action. Youth from across the province are supporting healthy habitats and communities, keeping them free of invasive species.

Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers! We can all make a difference in our communities and prevent the spread of invasive species.

What inspired me to take action was an interest in learning new skills and gaining practical experience in the field. I saw that ISCBC offered lots of education and training opportunities, and this appealed to me because it’s not always possible to get out in person for a volunteer event. Through the workshops, webinars and dialogue sessions I can learn in a way that accommodates my schedule. Meeting new people and finding a sense of community is what I enjoy most about volunteering. As someone who is new to BC this is important to me, along with the education provided about local invasive species.”

Matthew, ISCBC volunteer
Help Protect British Columbia

Are you eager to get outdoors, get active and get learning? Interested in having a real-world impact on your local community? Our youth volunteers help to protect BC from new and spreading invasive species, by gaining expert knowledge of our local environment and ecosystem and by taking meaningful action in the field.