David Suzuki himself is our busiest volunteer. He works for the Foundation entirely free of charge as a board member, co-founder, and advocate.

Photo: Multiplying the message

Nicole Jasinski and Aaron Quesnel have been outreach volunteers for over two years. (Credit: Lenny Ford)

Volunteers expand our workforce

The Foundation is fortunate to have a steadily growing team of committed volunteers moving our mission forward across Canada. Hundreds of skilled supporters generously offer their time and expertise to the Foundation every year, completely free of charge. Their wealth of knowledge includes post-graduate degrees, decades of experience, and extensive networks of contacts. In-house, they expand our workforce, diversify our knowledge base, and enrich our organizational culture. In the wider world, they are our strongest advocates.

Volunteers are involved in many facets of our work. From graphic designers and thank-you callers to web updaters and data crunchers, our volunteers are indispensible members of the Foundation team. Our David Suzuki at Work Ambassadors volunteer their time giving workshops to businesses that want to green their practices. Members of our Elders Council advocate in their communities about environmental priorities.

We now have more than 1,500 Canadians on our team providing thousands of hours of support to Foundation projects and campaigns.

You can sign up here to be a volunteer.

Lecture filmed for documentary

David Suzuki was issued a challenge: if he had one last lecture to give, what would he say? On December 10, 2009, David Suzuki's Legacy Lecture answered this question in two sold-out presentations at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia.

The lectures were filmed by director Sturla Gunnarsson and formed an integral part of his movie Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, co-produced by eOne Films and the National Film Board.

Afterwards, celebrities, First Nations elders, and other friends attended a successful wrap party fundraiser in the stunning Great Hall at the Museum of Anthropology. Performers Sarah McLachlan, Randy Bachman, K-os, and Rainbow Creek Dancers donated their time for the event.

Foundation co-publishes award-winning books

Since our inception in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has teamed up with Greystone Books (an imprint of Douglas & McIntyre) to publish titles addressing important issues in science, the environment, and sustainability. Greystone has helped these books reach markets throughout North America, while Éditions Boréal in Quebec and Allen & Unwin Publishers in Australia have distributed our works internationally.

Since the fall of 2009, we have released several fascinating books reminding the public, scientists, and conservationists of our connection to the planet. Allan Casey's Lakeland, a compelling homage to one of Canada's iconic natural features, won the 2010 Governor General's Award for English- language non-fiction.

In the spring, David R. Boyd taught us how to protect ourselves, our families, and the environment from harmful chemicals in his book Dodging the Toxic Bullet. We also released the sequel to Holly Dressel and David Suzuki's Good News for a Change entitled More Good News.

Adults were not the only people we hoped to inspire through reading this year. Kids can learn how to make their world a better place by reading fun facts, tips, and stories in You Are The Earth, written by David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden and illustrated by Wallace Edwards. We were proud to publish another motivational book in the spring of this year, The Declaration of Interdependence. Written by Tara Cullis, David Suzuki, and others in 1991, this heartfelt prayer for the preservation of our Earth is a poetic reminder of everyone's interconnection with nature.

We are very excited about our publishing success this year, and hope to continue to offer inspiring page-turners for years to come.

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