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VIPs volunteers in parks

If you like being outdoors, regularly visit Regional Parks and enjoy people, the Regional District of Central Okanagan hopes to hear from you!
 
This month the Parks Services department is kicking off its revamped Volunteers In Parks program. It’s looking for interested residents to become Trail Ambassadors, or Nature Assistants, Volunteer Hosts at the EECO or Gibson House, Exhibit Construction Crew as well as encouraging stewardship opportunities for community groups.  There are two Information Meetings coming up at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan: Tuesday, June 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Thursday, June 21st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The EECO is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.
 
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “The program encourages community involvement in our extensive Regional Park system with the goal of helping our staff with community events, nature programs and educational displays as well as maintaining trails and facilities in order to provide the best experience for all park visitors.  The wide-range of volunteer opportunities is perfect for those people who like to get out and explore our regional parks, are handy and creative and like to meet other like-minded interesting people.”
 
Isabella Hodson, Supervisor of Community Relations and Visitor Services says our VIP Program is designed to appeal to a wide range of interests and skills.  “We even have opportunities that are perfect for families to get involved with and for service organizations that are looking to give something back to the community with hands-on, boots on the ground projects.”
 
Hodson adds, “We’re accepting applications for all our volunteer positions during and after the information sessions. We’ll provide successful volunteers with training, identification and other materials they need to help our staff provide the best natural experience that Regional Parks has to offer.”  
 
You can learn more about the Volunteers In Parks program by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/parksVIP.



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