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Volunteer Spotlight December 2018 - Jennifer Wagenman

Name: Jennifer Wagenman

Jennifer Wagenman

 

Roles: Tree Specialist, Community Liaison and Tree Planter

Volunteer since: June 2018

About Jennifer: 

I have loved trees since I was a little girl and have really enjoyed learning more about the trees that grow in this area. My family and I have lived in a lot of different places and learning more about what grows where we live always helps me feel settled and at home. One of my expressions when I am upset or under stress is “I need to get out in the trees”. Walking in the woods or even a treed city park is good medicine for me and never fails to clear my head and lift my spirits. I really like the idea that I could participate in making this experience possible and accessible for Londoners now and in generations to come.

Why Jennifer volunteers with ReForest London: 

I am a relatively new, but very enthusiastic volunteer with Reforest London. My first experience was a tree planting that a group of my coworkers from Mountain Equipment Coop attended in June of 2018. I do a lot of volunteering at various organizations and this was one of the most positive experiences I have ever had. I couldn’t believe how many people came out and how many (in number and variety!) trees we were able to plant in an afternoon. I personally planted a meadowsweet shrub, a burr oak, a tulip tree, a sugar maple and a dogwood. Not only was it fun to work together, it was immediately obvious that we had made a positive change, one that would continue on growing for years, even beyond our lifetimes. It’s not too often that you can make a positive contribution that will continue on so long. After that day I went on to train as a community liaison and a tree specialist and volunteered at several seedling giveaways, tree depots and tree plantings.

 

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Thank you Jen! Want to find out how to get involved with ReForest London? Passionate about trees in your neighbourhood? Visit the Volunteer section of our website to learn more about our opportunities and to fill out a volunteer application form.