Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Volunteer Spotlight: Caitlin Quist

August 19th, 2022

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you experience the nature around you?

While in university getting her BA in Economics and Political Studies, Caitlin spent her summers doing restoration work as well as working on a local vegetable farm. From there she gained her passion for food systems, as well as finding ways to help communities better live within the ecosystems they inhabitat. She now works at the Butler Urban Farm, which grows food for the community free of cost while creating an environment for people to connect and learn together. Since 2020, Caitlin and others in the community have been working on planting a native plant perimeter around the farm in efforts to create a space where urban systems, agricultural systems, and native ecosystems all coexist.

What do you like about volunteering and what inspired you to take action?

Volunteering has brought so much richness to my life through the people I have met and the stories and knowledge they share. It’s a great way to get out of your little bubble of school, work, or friends, and cross paths with new people and ideas. It’s also a great way to contribute to building a strong and connected community. Once you really see the impact that volunteering has, it’s even more motivating to keep going. We can achieve so much when we all put our heads and hands together!

What would you say to a potential volunteer?

The staff and volunteers at ISCBC are such a friendly and supportive group, they make it easy to come in and join whatever project they are working on! Volunteering with ISCBC has been fun and I have learned so much. My favourite event was a snowshoeing bioblitz last winter, it was great to get out even in the colder weather.

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