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Volunteer Spotlight - December 2019

Westly Mifflin

Westly pictured above at the Western Fair booth in September 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.

 

Name: Westly Pink

Volunteer since: Fall 2016 

Role: Community Liaison

 

Hi, my name is Westly. I am 14 years old and in grade 9. I have been volunteering for four years with ReForest London. The person that first inspired me to love nature was Mrs. McCaw, my senior kindergarten teacher here in London. The first tree I planted was behind a bike shop on Exeter Road nine years ago when I belonged to Beavers. I have lost count how many I have planted with the different groups I work with and with my family, but it’s over 600 in the last 9 years. 

I have enjoyed volunteering with ReForest London. I volunteer at their annual seedling giveaway at the Western Fair, and have taken part each year for the last four years. I also do many of the events including Go Wild Grow Wild and special events at the office. I usually get to work with my mom. We meet a lot of fellow nature lovers and they teach us a lot about London’s love affair with trees.

My volunteering is spread out between The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corp Courageous, ReForest London, Friends of Stoney Creek as well as visiting with the Canadian veterans at Parkwood Hospital on a weekly basis. Meeting them has taught me a lot about our history of Canada. I also enjoy being a member of the London Gem, Mineral & Fossil Society.

I really get to see nature from its very core, from below the topsoil to a tree’s highest branch!

 

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Thank you Westly! 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.