Volunteer Spotlight – February 2014

Name: Christine Strupat
Volunteer Since: Spring 2013
Volunteered As: GIS Assistant, Neighbourhood Tree Captain, Community Liaison, Tree Planter

Autobiography: My passion for the environment was sparked at a young age by hiking and cycling along Thames Valley trails. That spark grew, as I completed an Honors BA in Environmental Studies and Biology, and continues to grow as I complete the GIS and Urban Planning Program at Fanshawe College. I have experience as an ESL teacher in South Korea and have travelled much of Southeast Asia and Europe. While traveling, I realized that London will always be home, and that I wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way. ReForest London provided that opportunity in multiple ways.

My ongoing work as a GIS Assistant involves creating 300 City Park maps and maintaining the Neighbourhood Tree Captain Google Map.

Reflections on Volunteering:
I wanted to get involved with ReForest London because I love forests and felt that I could make meaningful contributions in many ways. I offered my GIS services and committed to as many activities as I could fit into my busy student’s schedule. Through volunteering, I have developed new friendships, networked with like-minded people and gained valuable experience. There’s still snow on the ground, but I’m really looking forward to working with the ReForest London team this summer!

Thanks for all your help and support Christine!