Ambassadors are a passionate group of dedicated volunteers who help spread awareness of The Couchiching Conservancy and the work we do. They attend community events with display booths, call supporters to invite them to events, deliver Passport to Nature booklets, and more!

As an ambassador, you have the ability to share your passion for a healthy environment with others, meet like-minded people who share the same vision, and help expand the land trust movement in your region. By working together, ambassadors help us build a community of supporters to drive change at a local level.    

On this page you will find all the resources you need as an Ambassador. If you have any questions or there are other documents you would like us to include, please email Joelle at engage@couchconservancy.ca.

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David and Jane volunteering at Downtown Orillia's Summer Block Party



Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead


Volunteering as an Ambassador During the Pandemic

Your safety and the safety of our community is very important to us. As a result, we are following all regulations as outlined by the Provincial Government. Due to the current restrictions, the Conservancy will not be attending public events until further notice.

Your role as an ambassador is critical to building a community of supporters by finding those individuals who love and care for nature. Even though you cannot attend public events, there are other ways you can share your love for land conservation. These jobs include:

  • Helping to host Passport to Nature webinars
  • Garbage clean ups at Nature Reserves
  • Phone calls to supporters
  • Sharing our events to other event calendars
  • Sharing our content on social media
Carolyn volunteering at the Orillia Fairgrounds Farmer's Market

Carolyn volunteering at the Orillia Fairgrounds Farmer's Market.


2021 Ambassador Job Calendar

This job calendar includes a list of all the jobs and events the ambassador team will be participating in this year. To volunteer for an event please email Joelle at engage@couchconservancy.ca.

Please see the calendar’s legend below:

Colour of Event

Green: The event is a go! We have enough ambassadors volunteering to participate in this event.

Red: There are not enough ambassadors volunteering for this event yet. If there is not at least one ambassador listed, we cannot participate in this event.

Blue: These events do not require volunteers to help out in order to operate. Any number of ambassadors can attend!

Please note: Due to the pandemic, only 2 ambassadors are allowed to volunteer during one shift at a public event. 

october

No Events

november

No Events

december

No Events



Trail Ambassadors

Put on pause during 2021 Stay-at-home order

    Trail Ambassadors are a team of volunteers or a volunteer who visit a Nature Reserve (with trails) once a month to pick up garbage, monitor the use of the trails, and engage trail users on who we are and how they can help protect local wilderness!

     

    Nature Reserves where we need Trail Ambassadors:

    Currently all the Trail Ambassador positions are full for spring of 2021. Once it is safe to engage trail users again, we will be recruiting more teams. 

    Grant's Woods Nature Reserve
    Thomas C. Agnew Nature Reserve
    Alexander Hope Smith Nature Reserve
    Adam's Nature Reserve
    The Church Woods
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    Zoe and Kristi engaging trail users at Grant's Woods Nature Reserve

    To limit the amount of fossil fuels used and to stick close to home, we ask that you choose to monitor a Nature Reserve that is closest to you. Please click on the Nature Reserve name above to read where the property is located, its trail maps, and more. 

    If you are interested in being a Trail Ambassador, please email Joelle at engage@couchconservancy.ca. 



    How to Prepare for an Ambassador Job:

    • Check the online ambassador calendar

      Check the online ambassador calendar to see what events/jobs are coming up and where you can help

    • Sign up

      If you are interested in signing up to help at an event/job email Joelle at info@couchconservancy.ca

    • Materials

      Make sure you have all the materials you need for the event/job including booth materials, reporting back sheet, etc.

    • Attend event

      Share your love and passion for protecting nature with your community!

    • Return materials

      Return the materials to the office and hand in your reporting back sheet

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    General Ambassador Information




    Campaigns You Should Know About:

    Corridors Campaign

    The Corridors Campaign aims to build corridors of connected wilderness throughout the Black River Wildlands region and the Carden Alvar. Sharing campaigns with your community is an important role of an Ambassador. Click the link to get informed about the Corridors Campaign.



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    Conservancy 101

    As an Ambassador, it's important to have an understanding of the Conservancy's work and why protecting land matters. The Conservancy 101 video gives you a brief overview of the organization including how we protect land, our programs, campaigns, and more. By no means do you need to be an expert on everything we do, but knowing this information will make you feel more comfortable and confident when chatting to the public about land conservation!


    Who to Contact

     
     
    Joelle is the Engagement Organizer at The Couchiching Conservancy. Ask her questions related to event details, ambassador calendar, merchandise, signing up to volunteer at an event, engagement tools, and if you have feedback from events.
     
    Email: engage@couchconservancy.ca
    Office hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
    Phone: 705-326-1620