Shades of Green

Trying to put into words what I have learned and how I have progressed as a person these last few months while working at the Foundation, has proven to be quite challenging.  So let me create a rather odd illustration for you.  Imagine a colour wheel with some colours very bright, others dim, some colours missing, and some just starting to appear.  Perhaps this is a very strange and far-fetched analogy; however, I sometimes feel as if I can map out how I feel and what I am passionate about on a colour wheel (or more accurately a table of scattered paint samples).  With every journey and experience I embark on, I am gifted with new colours, shades, and perspectives. 

As a Social Work student, Environmental issues have always been on my radar; however, it was not until getting an internship here at the Foundation that my passion for the environment really began to flourish.  I really did not know what to expect when I got this job. I had no idea how much learning, changing, and growing I was in for.  There is such passion here at the Foundation, and it is truly inspiring to be surrounded by individuals who really believe in what they are doing.  I have adopted that same passion, and can honestly say that I started this journey with a rather ill-defined shade of green on my colour wheel, and I am leaving this job with various bright, bold, and passion-filled greens.

As I enter my last year of school, I have no idea where my journey will take me, but I definitely know that my experience here at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has served me well, and I move along my journey with a more in-depth understanding of the environmental challenges that surround us.  Everything is connected to the environment, regardless of which social injustice I choose to focus my efforts on, it has become clear to me that everything is interconnected.

 As my time here is coming to an end, there is one more super exciting event I get to participate in.  This upcoming Saturday Aug. 27th at Christie Lake Conservation Area is the first ever Greenbelt Harvest Picnic.  I am a huge fan of music, art, and of course food.  Luckily for me, this event incorporates all of those things and much more.  If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of there are still tickets available just follow this link and check out the event: delicious local food, listening to some really talented artists, all while enjoying the beautiful scenery that the venue has to offer, is definitely my idea of a Saturday well spent.     

I will continue to explore this new ‘green’ side of me, and will also continue to support the Foundation and all of the wonderful work they do here.  

It’s been a pleasure,

-Nicole Malatesta     

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