Blog October 31, 2013
Green City Gal: Sammy Tangir
By Becky Lamb
Sammy, who’s nature name is "Sprout," has become a regular around Evergreen Brick Works since she started volunteering last year. She’s worked with over half a dozen of the Evergreen staff and countless volunteers who all agree her enthusiasm and love for nature is infectious. Not only does Sammy support a fun and interactive kids program, capture the moment with her stunning photographs and support the local food system, she’s also an inspiration to everyone around her and we love that she’s part of the team!
What volunteer roles have you had at EBW?
Since spring 2012 I’ve helped with the Green City Adventure Camp, Locavore March Break Camp, Hands in the Bowl, the Urban Agriculture Program and Weekend Programs. I am also an Event Photographer, Nature Nut Club leader, Event Assistant, Eco-Crafter and former STEP Program participant at Evergreen.
If you had to choose one favourite memory…
Definitely helping children plant bean stalks we grew in the greenhouse—which were huge—in Chimney Court last spring. I’ve gotten to watch them grow all summer. They look amazing and the kids are so proud.
How has volunteering had an impact on you personally?
Before I started volunteering I really had no huge passions. I cared about the environment but not at all like I do today. Once I got involved I realized that there is SO much nature right here in the city! I feel like I discover new things every time I come volunteer (or visit) and that I’m a part of something epic, awesome and great. Plus, I always have this excitement in me to learn more, meet more people and do more awesome things, and volunteering at EBW has really been a major part of this.
So, what’s next?
It’s funny, I didn’t know as much before when it came to environmental initiatives and I had no clue about what to do in the future, but volunteering and being part of STEP has helped me grow in such a positive way! I’m currently taking the Environmental & Urban Sustainability Program at Ryerson University so I’m not able to be in the valley as often, but I’m definitely telling everyone I meet to get involved and get their hands dirty.