I started my internship with the Edmonton and Area Land Trust (EALT) hoping to gain insight about some of the conservation efforts that are happening in a rapidly developing Alberta and I am now leaving with confidence in the mission and vision of EALT.
During my four-month internship as the Community Outreach for Conservation Intern, I had the opportunity to attend community events in the Edmonton Area and discuss the efforts of EALT with patrons. These events were a lot of fun because I had the opportunity to share something I was passionate about to community members who may or may not have heard about EALT, their six properties, and their current efforts.
What I enjoyed most when talking to people about EALT was that they seemed genuinely excited to know that these properties were protected and available for the public to enjoy. Often times I heard sentences like, “It’s good to know that there are still green spaces available – it seems as if they’re becoming scarce.” It also excited me when people signed up for EALT’s newsletter and to be on their volunteer list – seeing a community come together to preserve the environment is truly inspiring.
Through my internship I was able to build upon my communication and teamwork skills; and was able to exercise my creativity by creating three different posters. Working with EALT gave me the opportunity to meet like-minded volunteers and I am excited to see them at other EALT volunteer events – perhaps in the field this time!
By Chelsey Tattrie – Community Outreach for Conservation Intern, EALT
Chelsey was recruited for this internship through the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) offered through Volunteer Alberta. We thoroughly enjoyed having Chelsey on the EALT team, spreading awareness for our conservation activities in the community. Thank you Chelsey, you did a fantastic job!