National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate passionate people who make a difference
Barrie, Ont., April 08, 2019 - Across the province, passionate people are banding
together to create a healthier world. They're helping conserve wetlands to protect
our water, our wildlife and our future. These people are Ducks Unlimited Canada
(DUC) volunteers. Lisa Tadgell is one of them.
A 15-year volunteer with DUC, Tadgell is a force for conservation. She has served
twice as the chair of DUC's local Strathroy-Caradoc committee, mostly recently for
the past three years. In addition to organizing the annual fundraising dinner, she
raises awareness and support for wetland conservation within the community all year
Last year, Tadgell and her committee also maintained and monitored 20 wood duck
nest boxes that led to the successful hatching of 126 eggs. Tadgell's commitment
has earned her the honour of DUC's Volunteer of the Year for Ontario.
"I do this for the love of my granddaughters," she says. "I know that Ducks Unlimited
will protect our wetlands and I want my grandkids and great-grandkids to enjoy all
aspects of wetlands including hunting and fishing." Tadgell is a passionate fisher
and hunter. "I'm always out in the outdoors doing something. Housework can get done
The fundraising dinner has "sold out" two years in a row and is the second-highest
revenue generator for DUC events in Ontario, a major feat given that Tadgell and
her team spearheaded its renewal just three short years ago.
"I love my committee members and I'm proud of each and everyone of them," says Tadgell,
who is known for her friendly personality. "And we couldn't do this without donations
from great local and non-local businesses that donate without hesitation."
DUC is supported by more than 5,600 volunteers across the country. This includes
more than 1,000 in Ontario. Volunteers carry out a number of activities, including
serving our board, organizing fundraising events, pitching in at local conservation
project sites, helping with educational programs and lending a hand at local DUC
"Lisa is a natural leader who encourages her committee to strive for greatness,"
says Marco Cunha, a manager of events and volunteer relations for DUC in Ontario.
"She lives and breathes DUC all year long. From spending an entire week promoting
wetland conservation at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show to making presentations to
local community groups, she is creating a huge network of new supporters who believe
in wetland conservation."
National Volunteer Week (April 7- 13) is an opportunity to recognize generous people
like Tadgell who share their time and talents to help make a difference in their
community. It's also a reminder that giving back has many rewards. That's because
the wetlands that volunteers help DUC save aren't just for ducks, they're for everyone.
Wetlands keep the water in lakes and rivers clean. They protect communities from
floods and droughts. They provide homes for wildlife and places to enjoy the outdoors.
All are invaluable gifts.
"Volunteers are the heart and hands that make our work possible," says Karla Guyn,
chief executive officer for DUC. "Ducks Unlimited Canada was founded in 1938 by
volunteers who saw an urgent need to conserve wetlands to protect the outdoor lifestyles
they loved. The same desire drives our volunteers today. Our success in safeguarding
wetlands across the country is thanks to their efforts."
During National Volunteer Week, help DUC celebrate the thousands of volunteers who
are making a difference. Better yet, join them. Your wetlands and your community
need more forces for conservation. Learn more at ducks.ca/volunteer.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered
charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners
to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.