Thelma Stockley honoured as DUC’s Volunteer of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador
“I envision a functional, province-wide wetland system that suits the needs of Newfoundland’s people and its wildlife,” says Thelma Stockley, DUC’s Volunteer of the Year for Newfoundland.
Stockley became a DUC volunteer in 1993 to assist her husband, Robert, who was one of the founding members on the Grand Falls committee. Her roles as a volunteer have been treasurer and chairperson.
“I enjoy the position of treasurer because I feel my skills are more suited to the financial health of our DUC committee,” she says.
“Thelma has not only volunteered for her own event but has volunteered to teach other treasurers and chairs,” says Paul Wood, manager of events and volunteer relations for Newfoundland and Labrador. “She has also volunteered at the regional volunteer appreciation event as treasurer for the past six years.”
“I am very thankful to be volunteering with DUC because it is through volunteering that I have attained a greater appreciation for our environment, wetland ecosystems and the work done by our conservationists to protect our wetlands and wildlife.”
Stockley enjoys the outdoors and the beauty of nature. Some of her favourite outdoor activities are camping and fishing.
“My future goals as a DUC volunteer are to help conserve water, wetlands and wildlife for my grandchildren and future generations,” says Stockley. “To do so, we need to work towards expanding educational programs, such as the Greenwing program, in Newfoundland.”
Stockley has helped pass on the conservation spirit to her daughter and granddaughter, who each worked with her a local events when they were teenagers selling raffle tickets.
“More Canadians should get involved in DUC because conservation the only way to help keep our wildlife, our coasts, and our rivers strong, prosperous and healthy. These things keep Canada beautiful. “
Stockley says her proudest volunteer memory was when she helped Paul Wood, bring the DUC fundraising dinner and auction back to Grand Falls-Windsor after it underwent a two-year hiatus and a restructuring of the committee.
“The other volunteers on the chapter admire her dedication and ‘stick-with-it-ness’,” says Wood. “Thelma is always determined to make the event the best it can be, and she does so without any complaints. Thelma is all around a very positive person.”
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