The Wildsight Golden photo contest has wrapped up, with Renee Grosvenor Mirehouse and Sara Megan claiming personalized decorative snowboards.
The contest asked Golden residents to share their favourite outdoor photos on Facebook and Instagram, while stating how they plan on taking care of the environment, or how they already protect nature.
The contest was designed to help increase interaction with youth in the community, as Wildsight partnered with Madison Ehman of the Youth Rotary Skills program to help run the contest.
“The response was great! Younger demographics were really interested in participating and getting to learn about Wildsight,” said Ehman.
“The message was about the environment and bring self awareness to how we all contribute to it good and bad.
“We wanted people to recognize what they do in their everyday life contribute to sustainability and environmental impacts.”
“It was excellent working with Madison Ehman as the main contact for the youth program. I cannot say enough about how great she is to work with,” added Leslie Adams, branch manager and outreach coordinator for Wildsight Golden.
“She came up with the ideas, did all the promotion, found the snowboards, recruited Off the Wall as partners and then taught me the skills of how to do this type of engagement.
“She is fabulous to work with.”
The contest helped bring awareness to the Golden chapter and the public’s understanding of their work.
Adams says she feels the contest was a success as Wildsight heard a number of great ideas from those who participated about how individuals can help reduce their carbon footprint and preserve the environment.
Ehman added she also felt the contest was a success, saying that Wildsight saw a growth in their online presence and specifically a lot of new interest in their Instagram account, which is newer.
Ehman also said she appreciated the opportunity to work with Wildsight through the Youth Rotary Skills Program, as a part of the third intake of youth in the community.
She’s enjoyed her time in the program, adding everyone in the program has gained valuable knowledge and skills.
“It was a valuable experience that gave us work skills and relationship building experience,” said Ehman.
“That was the goal with connecting with businesses and non-profits.
“We wanted to build a relationship and help them build their social media presence in help with their outreach.
“We really learned the value of relationships building and it provided us an opportunity to share some of our social media knowledge.”
“I am always so moved by all the partnerships that form in this community,” added Adams.
Wildsight Golden runs multiple community outreach programs as a part of its mandate, most of which revolve around ecosystem protection and citizen science.
The snowboards were donated by the community while Off The Wall printed the photos on the boards.