Volunteer Appreciation @ Regional ParksVolunteer Appreciation @ Regional Parks<div class="ExternalClass300865B1F1B44DBFA59438BA74B8031F"><p>From pulling invasive plants that will be replaced with native species to photographing special events, volunteers and partner organizations contribute thousands of hours and financial support annually in our <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">21 regional parks</a> from Crippen on Bowen Island to Aldergrove in Langley and Matsqui Trail in Abbotsford.</p><p>On April 25<sup>th</sup>, celebration activities were held in four Regional Parks, and the approximately 145 participants then gathered for lunch and a presentation about management and research at the <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/burns-bog" target="_blank">Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area</a>. </p><p>Among the day’s activities, volunteers biked the dyke at <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/boundary-bay-regional-park" target="_blank">Boundary Bay Regional Park</a>, canoed at <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/deas-island-regional-park" target="_blank">Deas Island Regional Park</a>, observed a bird banding demonstration at <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/iona-beach-regional-park" target="_blank">Iona Beach Regional Park</a>, and learned about all that goes on at the <a href="http://www.deltaheritageairpark.org/" target="_blank">Delta Heritage Air Park</a> that is adjacent to Boundary Bay Regional Park. In addition to hands-on activities, participants learned about the myriad projects and initiatives undertaken by Metro Vancouver and our partners to enhance and care for our Regional Parks.  </p><p>The event wrapped up with the announcement of this year’s winner of the <a href="http://www.vcn.bc.ca/parkptnr/gordonsmith.htm" target="_blank">Gordon Smith Award</a>, Michelle Walter. The Gordon Smith Award is presented annually to youth who show strong initiative in environmental stewardship projects. Much of Michelle’s work happens in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, including with the Camoson Bog Restoration Group, the Spanish Bank Streamkeepers, and <a href="http://www.catchingthespirit.com/" target="_blank">Catching the Spirit Youth Society</a>. Recently, Michelle demonstrated exemplary leadership as co-president of Catching the Spirit’s Executive Youth Council where she facilitated meetings and represented Catching the Spirit at events.  Congratulations Michelle!</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue09-regionalparks.jpg2015-05-26T07:00:00ZGP0|#43c3f653-7096-4b77-bc83-97cb5d7ab958;L0|#043c3f653-7096-4b77-bc83-97cb5d7ab958|Issue 9;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass47CE4D10E5EB44788D134B8824BDFF66"><p>​Every year, Metro Vancouver <a href="/services/parks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Regional Parks</a> hosts a volunteer appreciation event for individuals and organizations that work to make Metro Vancouver Regional Parks among the most-enticing outdoor places in the Lower Mainland.</p></div>