A Community of Supporters
Wilderness Committee is powered by a community of donors, activists and volunteers from across Canada and around the world. They're the people who make the Wilderness Committee 100% people-powered. When you support the Wilderness Committee you'll join committed individuals like these.
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Students learn, engage, give back
At North Vancouver's Cleveland Elementary School, Grade 6 and 7 French immersion teacher Maria Power encourages her students to learn about and then take action on environmental issues. This year they more than doubled their annual fundraising efforts for the Wilderness Committee, raising over $1,300 for our work to protect endangered wildlife.
Students researched then shared their learnings with other classes about orcas and other endangered species, and the impact of plastics in the ocean. They sold tickets and created a VIP experience (a couch with popcorn and drinks served!) to a locally-produced movie The Clean Bin Project. Over 130 people attended, with no garbage produced!
Cleveland student, Maya, said, "I was just surprised that a lot of people cared about this cause as much as we do." We are thrilled that Maria and her students chose the Wilderness Committee as the recipient of their amazing fundraising efforts.
Proud to be both a Trailblazer and Wilderness Guardian, I’ve left a residual gift in my will to the Wilderness Committee and a few other charities with whom I share values and vision. I want to be remembered by friends, family and colleagues as a champion for Canada’s wild.
Growing up on a farm in Southern Ontario ingrained in me a deep connection with animals and the great outdoors. As a young woman, I sat in one of the groves targeted for logging on Ista (King Island to us settlers) as an invited guest of Nuxalk traditional leadership. Orange tape marked trees thousands of years in the making and my life forever changed. Knowing that I couldn't save that forest –those trees – only cemented my resolve to defend wild nature for future generations to enjoy and for the beings who rely on them for their survival.
I've no children, property of some value and a distaste for leaders who can allow logging, mining or other inappropriate industrial development on unceded territories – without consent – for the benefit of too few. So this is my legacy – what I leave behind. When I can't continue to act, I know that the Wilderness Committee will do so on my behalf. Having dedicated my life to big trees, grizzly bears, whales, whelks and bees and this will be my final feat of activism.
Will you join me in being remembered as a Wilderness Guardian?
Protecting wilderness means protecting wildlife habitat.
Wildlife populations are under pressure from diverse sources, but loss of habitat is the biggest problem. The peculiar, personal bond I feel with all non-human life forms makes protecting them critical. That bond has increased continually throughout my life. I feel sad and ashamed that humans are responsible for the decline in the number of species, the population of many specific species and the health of those remaining. Love, respect and guilt make me willing to help protect our remaining wild communities.
I first supported the Western Canada Wilderness Committee because I felt those of us in mid or eastern Canada should care about the western wilderness, not just remaining areas further east. The Wilderness Committee is one of many environmental groups that receive annual donations from me and is among a smaller list that will share my estate.