Victoria, BC - Team Trail Mix and CRD Regional Parks have partnered in an exciting new Community Action Project that will see volunteer ambassadors on the Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails this year. Team Trail Mix is the 2010 cohort from Leadership Victoria, a voluntary organization committed to developing outstanding community leaders.
“We’ve designed the ambassador role to build awareness of the importance of the regional trails within our community,” said Brad Fraser of Team Trail Mix. “We are now actively recruiting for volunteers, who will be on the regional trails providing information and encouraging good trail user behaviour.”
The goal for the first year is to have three separate events in which volunteers will engage trail users. Volunteers will receive training and orientation sessions by CRD staff to become familiar with the regional trails system and the many types of trail users.
The Lochside and Galloping Goose Regional Trails span approximately 84 kilometres from Sooke to Sidney running through urban back streets to farmland and rugged wilderness. Trail users cycle, stroll, run, or even ride a horse through the rural sections. Many use the trails to commute to work. The Ambassadors’ presence on the trails will help to build awareness, understanding, and appreciation of safer and more effective use of trails as a part of our community life.
“This is the second year in a row that we’ve collaborated with Leadership Victoria,” said Lloyd Rushton, CRD General Manager of Parks & Community Services. “We’ve found that partnerships such as these are a valuable way of working with the community to build capacity and stewardship.”
The Leadership Victoria program is designed to rapidly advance the skills of emerging leaders in business, government, and voluntary organizations by providing them with an opportunity to work on real world issues with established leaders. Each year, new teams learn hands on leadership skills while collaborating in aspects of planning, development, community involvement, fundraising and implementation.
Anyone interested in joining the trail mix to become an ambassador can visit here or join us on Facebook “CRD Trail Ambassadors.”
For further information, please contact:
Team Trail Mix
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks