Giving Back this Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe, but we are getting in the full swing of the holiday season already! You know what that means — everyone is looking for the perfect gifts for their loved ones.

Once again, many will look forward to the abundance of sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this weekend. But here at rare, our favourite day of that week is Giving Tuesday — the day that celebrates a movement that is all about giving back to the causes you care about rather than getting more stuff.

This year, rare is celebrating Giving Tuesday as Gratitude Tuesday to give thanks to all of the people that support rare and help us to reach our goals. Our supporters and volunteers are critical to all that we do in research, conservation and education!

THANK YOU to all of our volunteers this holiday season who tirelessly give their time, their skills and their amazing energy to rare.

Thank you to:

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Ian Smith. Photo by A. Fraser. 

Ian Smith has only been volunteering with rare a couple of months — but he has already dedicated over 130 hours to the organization. Ian began attending weekly land management volunteer days to assist in removing various invasive species and collecting native seeds. He then started assisting the research department’s lab work by sorting aquatic invertebrates — which is part of an aquatic health assessment at rare.

When asked why he keeps coming back to volunteer, Ian said, “I can tangibly see my time spent is making a difference and I feel appreciated every day I am there”. We want all of our volunteers to feel this way, because we couldn’t do what we do without them. Ian mentioned that his favourite part of volunteering is getting to “learn more about what is living in my backyard”.

Candy Nicoll has been volunteering with rare for over three years. Candy assists in the office weekly, providing administrative support for mailings, filing and many other helpful tasks. Candy said, “We are so fortunate to have these lands in our region and I appreciate all the efforts to conserve them.  I’m happy to be able to give a hand, and it’s rewarding to know that my help is appreciated.”  Volunteers such as Candy are very important in helping to maintain the office and get daily tasks done. We are so grateful that Candy gives her time and support, week after week!

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Our volunteer’s helping hands provide make all the difference at rare — which is why we want all our volunteers to know we are grateful for all that they do and contribute. There is certainly something special about giving back. On November 27, join millions of Canadians to give back to the community for Giving Tuesday — whether you give your time, a donation, or extend your gratitude to someone. It feels great to give!


By Laura Klein, rare’s Gosling Engagement Coordinator

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