Most people have heard the saying “it’s not the destination, but the journey that matters.” I may not know where my passion for the environment will lead me, but I know that my time volunteering with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has shaped the person I am today.
My name is Amisha Yadav and these are some of my most memorable environmental experiences of the past few years.
I have been volunteering with CVC since June 2013 and it has been a truly enriching experience. I started off by participating in CVC’s Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) program during the summer. I learned a lot about environmental issues and climate change. I participated in electrofishing, stream restoration and invasive species removal, and I learned about ways to reduce my carbon footprint. The next school year, I joined CVC’s Frontline program to pursue my passion for conservation. CVC shaped my passion for environmental sustainability.
I wanted to take steps to reduce my consumption of greenhouse gases while encouraging others to do the same. This past fall, CVC sponsored my attendance at the Ontario Nature 2016 Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership. I represented CVC’s youth programming at the conference. I got to interact with other young like-minded individuals while staying at the YMCA Geneva Park, one of the most beautiful places in Ontario.
At the Summit, I met a lot of amazing youth from various parts of Ontario who share my passion for the environment. One of my favourite workshops at the summit was called “Medicinal Plants” in which a member of the First Nations community taught us how to make traditional medicine using plants found in our natural environment.
What started off as a fun way to earn my 40 hours of community service later became one of my most cherished experiences. I met my best friend during the CYC summer program. We attended the same high school but never really talked to one another until that summer. We learned a lot about each other and our shared passion for the environment. We went on to participate in CVC’s Frontline program together.
I encourage other individuals to volunteer with CVC. It led me on an amazing journey. Just think about the destination it may take you.