Nova Scotia’s Amy Smith is a jack of all trades—a veteran event volunteer who’s seasoned at everything from chairing a committee to designing programs and selling raffle tickets at fundraisers across her home province. But what keeps her so busy isn’t just a talent for event planning, it’s a dedication to the friendships fostered over the years and built on a mutual love for conservation and the outdoors. For these reasons and more, DUC is proud to name Smith as its volunteer of the year in the province.
The people are the best thing about volunteering.
“At every event, you meet one or two hundred different people. We’ve made friends that we still hunt with and fish with, and who we’ve built a community with,” says Smith. “The people are the best thing about volunteering.”
Smith started volunteering on DUC’s Truro chapter 12 years ago when her husband Jamie began working for the organization. Her dedication to the cause and the people quickly grew. On any given weekend, you can find her helping set up and tear down events, acting as treasurer on numerous committees, and simply giving support anywhere it’s needed to anyone who asks.
“Amy sets a great example and high standards for all our volunteers and staff. Dedicated and determined to getting the job done but always with a smile,” says Tom Duffy, DUC’s manager of Atlantic operations.
For Smith, the conservation work DUC does makes it all worthwhile—especially now that she and Jamie have a young son, Jayden.
“We want Jayden to be able to have what we have, and experience what we experience,” says Smith. “That’s why it’s so important for us to help conserve wetlands for future generations.”