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Mar 26, 2012
USC Champions: Spotlight on Canadian Volunteers

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Together, from coast to coast – and beyond – every single USC volunteer is helping us build a movement. We thank you for your passion! Because of you, change IS happening.

Here’s a sampling of a few of the more recent activities of our many volunteers and champions. Go, team USC!



Nova Scotia: Mark Austin (our Board Chair) and Debby Finkbeiner flank award-winning singer-songwriter, Bruce Cockburn. Bruce has graciously donated his time as a USC spokesperson for decades, and Mark and Debby are incredibly active in their native Nova Scotia, organizing events to get the word out.


Quebec: Daniel Brisebois – an organic farmer with Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm –also uses his blog to help promote our new Canadian seed initiative.


Ontario: Lauren, Sally, Erin, and Rebecca (L to R) – who took part in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last fall – are among a host of runners and walkers supporting our work with seed-saving farmers. You can join in the fun as part of our Run for Biodiversity (R4B) campaign, in four cities this year: Calgary, Ottawa, Victoria, and Toronto!


Manitoba: Three USC Champions – (L to R) Unitarians Ruth Pearce and Jim Gardiner, and USC Board Director Kenton Lobe, who teaches International Development and Environmental Studies – spread the word about our Seeds of Survival program at the Seedy Saturday in Winnipeg.


Saskatchewan: Karen Farmer spends her days supporting local community groups in Saskatoon, but she donates her spare time as USC’s volunteer coordinator for the province. Here she represents USC at an event for International Women’s Day, earlier in March.


Britsh Columbia: Robin Tunnicliffe – an organic farmer in Saanich, BC – is our poster girl from BC. When she did a book tour earlier this year to promote her new book on organic farming, All the Dirt, she never missed a chance to spend a few minutes talking about USC Canada.


Mali: Former USC employee Friederike Knabe, pictured centre with our staff in Mali and Board Member Mamby Fofana (second from left), decided she wanted to go back – 15 years after her last visit – to see how work was progressing. She headed over in December and brought back plenty of before-and-after success stories that she has graciously offered to share – on our website and in person. You’ll be reading more about Friederike’s visit in the coming weeks. Don’t miss out. Sign up for CyberSprout!

One Response to “USC Champions: Spotlight on Canadian Volunteers”
  1. Zahidul Islam,Seed Technologist says:

    really good and encouraging information

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