In this September edition of HAT’s volunteer spotlight, we’d like to introduce you all to Karen Mann! Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Karen says that she has seen Greater Victoria change quickly, especially in the last 10 years. “We are losing all the little pockets of natural flora. I love that HAT facilitates the preservation natural areas.” It is that love local places and the more-than-human neighbours that share them with us that brought Karen to start volunteering with HAT about three years ago while looking for ways to use her knowledge and experience.
“I have worked with plants and soil‘s all my life and I’m certified in landscape design, currently working at LandStory Design Associates. Most recently I extend my education with Restoration of Natural Systems at University of Victoria. I have practical experience in stream restoration.” With that wealth of knowing, and with her passion for hiking with her dog, creating outdoor spaces that bring peace and serenity and learning about growing vegetables, we at HAT consider ourselves really lucky to have someone like Karen willing to spend some time on habitat management and restoration on the conservation areas that HAT stewards.
“I hope to continue learning until I die and this position here at HAT will help me explore areas I haven’t any experience in. I’m looking forward to learning from co-worker’s knowledge and their different ways of approaching problems.”