Volunteer Spotlight

Happy end of term! SustainSU wants to take a moment to thank all the wonderful sustainability ambassadors who’ve made this term a success. Each leadership team member selected a volunteer to highlight based on hours, attitude, and improvement! From the 12 teams, we randomly selected 5 awesome nominees to be Fall 2018’s Volunteer Spotlights!

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Florence

Team: Advocacy 
“Most likely to be optimistic during the apocalypse”

“The Advocacy Team would like to shine our volunteer spotlight on our amazing Sustainability Ambassadors—Florence! Not only has she completed a total of 12 volunteer hours so far this semester, she went above and beyond her expectations by helping Sustain X with their Green Market. Even the Sustain X leaders appreciated her efforts stating “she stayed late for workshops seeing my stressed out face when others were leaving.” During outreach events, she was very passionate about advocating for food waste and insecurity to others. We have seen the most improvement from her and really seen her confidence grow especially with the class presentations and SA meetings.”

1. What’s your fave part about the project you’re volunteering for?

I get to collaborate with passionate, creative, and motivated individuals to raise awareness about food waste and food insecurity on campus, an issue that is often overlooked. In the process, I also get to learn more about what actions I can take in my own life, such as meal-planning and treating expiration dates as guidelines.

2. If you were only allowed to grow one fruit or veg for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I had to choose one, it would be rapini!

3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The ability to understand and speak every language so that I can travel the world without having to worry about a language barrier.

rapini
Check out this awesome rapini recipe.

Solomon

Team: Research
“Most likely to attend every meeting”

“Throughout the semester, Solomon has consistently attended every meeting without fail. He shows positive attitude and energy and always provides great feedback during our meetings.”
1. What’s your fave part about the project you’re volunteering for?
I would say that being part of a team that is motivated and passionate about finding ways to make the UOA more sustainable is really rewarding.
2. If you were only allowed to grow one fruit or veg for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I am a huge lover of fruits and vegetables so this one is pretty tough for me; my heart says blackberries, but I think I have to go with broccoli as it is not only delicious, but also extremely versatile and nutritious.
3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. I love to travel but being on the taller side makes plane rides kind of a nightmare, and they’re pretty bad for the environment too.
broccoli
I’m getting a green leafy vegetable vibe from our volunteers…check out the health benefits of broccoli here.

Nikki

Team: Blog
“Most likely to start a science magazine for millenials”

“Nikki is new to writing and blogging but has worked hard to share her talent in research and science with us all. Thanks for your commitment and willingness to tackle something new!”

1. What’s your fave part about the project you’re volunteering for?

Being able to write about topics related to sustainability that interest me and share them with people! In the future, I hope the blog becomes a place for people to interact about the topics as well because I enjoy having discussions as well.

2. If you were only allowed to grow one fruit or veg for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Apples! They are relatively easy to grow and super versatile. You can eat them raw, make applesauce, apple pie, and more! I am looking forward to being able to have apple trees in my yard, and hopefully many more fruit and veggies.

3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would like to be able to read minds, but only if I can turn it on at will. Knowing what people are thinking all the time would be overwhelming, but if I could find out little things it would be very useful. Why did someone litter instead of taking several steps to get to a garbage can? What is someone’s thought process while painting and does this answer why I’m not artistically inclined? So many questions that might get an answer with that superpower!

Apples
Apparently apples are a superfood too.

Meghan

Team: Bike Library
“Most likely to be a superhero on the down-low”

1. What’s your fave part about the project you’re volunteering for?

I really like that people can do so much hands-on learning at the Bike Library, since it’s something that university students don’t get to do very often! I have personally gone from barely knowing the seat post from the wheels to being able to change inner tubes and switch out chain links, and can’t wait to learn more in the winter semester.

2. If you were only allowed to grow one fruit or veg for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably carrots – they taste so much better from the garden than from the store!

3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Definitely teleportation. I’m sometimes (i.e. most of the time) late for class and often find myself wishing I could just zap over there instantaneously.

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Come grow carrots at SustainSU’s community garden next summer 🙂

Lainie

Team: Internal
“Most likely to be the baker for the squad”

1. What’s your fave part about the project you’re volunteering for?

 I have many favourite parts! Number one are the people I get to work with! They are the bee’s knees. Secondly, as part of the Internal Engagement team, I get to have a hand in planning events for all the other amazing Sustain SU peeps! What could be more fun?

2. If you were only allowed to grow one fruit or veg for the rest of your life, what would it be?

For fruit, it’d either be bananas, lemons or (wait for it…) avocados. For vegetables, it’d either be garlic, corn, mushrooms or sweet potatoes.

3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Hmmm, either the ability to fly, or to be decisive. Wink wink.

avocados
I was waiting for someone to mention avocados 😉

Thanks to the whole SustainSU team for another great year! Can’t wait to catch you on the flip side!


11/12/18
Freya H-T & Natalia Rudolf
Internal Engagement

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