January 10, 2018
For immediate release
Ladysmith, BC – The Ecoforestry Institute Society (EIS) is very pleased to congratulate Jessica Wolf for being selected as an Outstanding Volunteer through the 2017 Island Savings #Simple Generosity program. Jessica has been an ardent Wildwood supporter for many years and this award recognizes her significant role in ensuring Wildwood remains in the public domain as well as her contributions since EIS acquired Wildwood. In addition to the volunteer recognition, Jessica was also awarded $1,500 to give to a charity of her choice. She has kindly donated the funds to EIS.
“We are very proud and grateful for the support Jessica has given us over the last few years. She has been integral to our success and has been generous in sharing her expertise, energy and time to save Wildwood. She continues to help us along the path of sustainability now that we are Trustees of Wildwood,” said EIS Co-chair Peter Jungwirth.
During the three years EIS worked to keep Wildwood in the public domain, Jessica was a powerful voice. She played a pivotal role in garnering public support, leading a petition campaign that gathered strong community support well over 2,000 signatures. She worked closely with Parliamentarian Bruce Partridge to protect Wildwood from a private sale, and helped raise funds for EIS, including the organization of two New Year’s Eve parties.
Since EIS successfully acquired Wildwood, Jessica has taken on the role of website manager. She helped EIS develop a strategic framework as the new trustees of Wildwood and now serves as a Board Advisor.
As a volunteer charitable society with no paid positions, EIS is keenly aware of the value of volunteers and the difference they make to the social fabric of the community. Jessica has proven time and again that selfless devotion to a cause can enhance the quality of community and the people we serve. EIS congratulates Jessica on this award and accepts the donation with great gratitude.
Wildwood is a renowned demonstration ecoforest, the longest continuously managed ecoforest on the west coast of North America. Merv Wilkinson began logging the property in the mid 1940s after studying the Scandinavian method of selective harvesting. He was awarded the Orders of Canada and British Columbia for his pioneering work in ecoforestry.
Under the Wildwood Trust Deed, EIS is mandated to continue Merv’s work at Wildwood as tangible evidence that humans can substantially benefit from the environment while maintaining a fully functioning ecosystem. Wildwood stands as a global example of an ecoforest, boasting numerous old growth and mature trees, intact wetlands, lake foreshore and an abundant wildlife habitat managed in a woodlot landscape. Selective logging practices ensure that forest growth is maintained entirely through natural regeneration cycles.
#SimpleGenerosity was a year-long campaign of Island Savings and other divisions of First West Credit Union as part of an effort to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and the Canadians who make communities great by recognizing local volunteers, non-profit organizations and charities that are making meaningful contributions in our communities.
In 2017, they recognized 52 outstanding volunteers or volunteer teams – one individual or group every week from communities throughout British Columbia. They believe that every act of kindness and every volunteer hour make our communities strong and vibrant.
Jessica Wolf and Erik Piikkila of the Ecoforestry Institute Society accept the $1,500 Simple Generosity cheque from Brad Lesiuk and Jenna Sutherland of Island Savings
Brad Lesiuk, Island Savings Manager; Erik Piikkila, Ecoforestry Institute Society Board Director; Jessica Wolf, Ecoforestry Institute Society Board Advisor and 2017 Simple Generosity recipient; Jenna Sutherland, Assistant Branch Manager
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