Blog November 2, 2011
Karin Loman: Passion + Business Sense
Hailing from the Netherlands, Karin Loman joined Evergreen’s volunteer team this past July and hasn't slowed down. Working primarily in the business development area a few days a week, Karin has had a tremendous impact on the growth of the Evergreen Garden Market and is really excited to apply her expertise to a feasibility study on fee-for-service activities here.
What brought you to Evergreen? When I moved to Toronto this year, I found the information online and was amazed by the transformation of an old industrial site into something beautiful where nature and culture meet and where there is something for everyone. I was looking for something challenging where I could add some value through my own expertise. It’s also just a 15-minute bike ride from home!
The journey so far: I’ve learned so much about the greening of cities. My experience in Europe saw a greater distinction between rural and urban but in Toronto, they come together. I’ve had the opportunity to work with fabulous people at Evergreen who are dedicated and who value and respect me for my knowledge, input and work—it’s a great natural relationship.
When you’re not volunteering? I’ve been doing some sightseeing while hosting a lot of Dutch visitors this year! I enjoy cycling around the city and exploring the different cuisines at dinners out.
What’s been rewarding about your experience? I’ve certainly been learning a lot about new approaches to conservancy and the Evergreen approach to empowering people. I love being useful—being able to see the impact of my efforts and tangibly helping Evergreen to become stronger. I’ve developed some really great networks too. My volunteering is so worth it!