In this, the third of 2019's Volunteer Spotlights, we'd like to highlight one of our most dedicated volunteers: Joanne Thomson. She is a phenomenal local artist whose work features beautiful depictions of the natural world. She has worked with schools in the community to create murals, colouring books and more. This year Joanne was instrumental in helping us conduct the Silent Auction at the Big Bat Bash, as well as creating wonderful bat colouring sheets for young children to colour during the event.
When we asked Joanne what her favourite experience with us has been so far and why she initially became a volunteer with HAT, she was happy to oblige, replying:
"It is difficult to come up with one experience of volunteering with HAT that has been the highlight. I have been volunteering with HAT for over a decade and find every experience to be enjoyable. I put my hand to everything as time allows, which is another way of saying sporadically. I have pulled broom, cut back blackberry, helped with events, donated products to silent auctions, made a model of a painted turtle (this may be a favourite), created ‘profile’ art work at a gala event. This year I will be creating a portable mural for Green Spots education and will be calling for adult volunteers to help paint it.
[I have] a desire to help to preserve wild places, and in particular the Garry Oak Meadows. I love the meadows and spend many hours in the Spring drawing the vistas and flowers. What has kept me involved is the philosophy of HAT and the dedication to working within its means. I feel confident that HAT will continue to be successful as time moves forward and that lands now protects will continue to be protected welling the future. Thank you for all the work you do and the vision that makes it all possible."
Thank you to Joanne for your hard work and dedication to HAT, for contributing your art to our events and helping us whereever you can. We are so grateful for your support and hope that your kind words and experience will inspire others to get involved in volunteering with HAT.
This article is an excerpt from the March edition of our monthly E-news, The Fern.