Who can participate?
Camp Suzuki participants will come from diverse communities in BC's lower mainland. Each team will be composed of 2-4 members from the same community (a volunteer group, local ENGO, workplace, community organization, faith group, etc).
Teams should be committed to environmental sustainability and community engagement, and have an interest in protecting wetland ecosystems.
Participants must be 18 years of age.
How long does the Camp Suzuki program last?
The program begins with the leadership training intensive during the weekend of May 4-6, 2012. During the following four months, teams will work in their communities with the Foundation's support to plan and implement their projects.
The Foundation will host an evening workshop at our Vancouver office in June to provide ongoing support and education.
The duration of each community project will vary but should be completed by August 31, 2012. The Foundation will host a Camp Suzuki celebration and debrief in September 2012 to close the program.
What is the time commitment?
Following the training intensive, team members should expect to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week in project planning and implementation. Time investment will vary based on the nature of the community project chosen.
What are the selection criteria for participating teams?
We are seeking ten teams of motivated and creative individuals who will work together to help us:
- To protect, enhance and restore critical wetland habitat in BC's Lower Mainland
- To build and mobilize an engaged constituency for wetland protection with the implementation of Metro Vancouver's Ecological Health Action Plan
- To engage members of diverse ages and backgrounds in local community initiatives
- To increase public awareness of the value wetland ecosystems provide to residents
Because space is limited, we need to ensure that selected teams can commit to the full program. Here's what we'll be looking for when we read your team application:
- Leadership ability
- Team cohesion
- Creativity and enthusiasm
- Viability of project idea(s) to accomplish the goals of the program
- Capacity to engage a large number of people
- A strong commitment to protecting wetland ecosystems
Can you give me an example of a community project?
The goal of this program is to protect and celebrate wetland ecosystems in B.C.'s Lower Mainland and raise awareness of their critical value amongst local residents. From experience, we know that participants will dream up amazing projects that engage their communities in meaningful ways.
Here are some examples of potential community projects:
- A naturalist group can organize a weekend bio-blitz at a wetland site to record the biodiversity in the ecosystem
- An eco-club can organize monthly clean-ups in a degrade wetland
- A local business can 'adopt' a nearby wetland and host regular educational walks for employees, customers and community members
Don't forget...you will have the opportunity to work with Foundation staff to vision, plan and implement their projects during the leadership training weekend.
Does the program cost anything for participants?
Camp Suzuki is generously funded by David Suzuki Foundation's donors.
Because the program is competitive, each individual participant is asked to pay a registration fee upon acceptance to reserve their place in the Camp Suzuki program. The fee helps offset administrative costs and is based on a sliding scale. Lack of funds should not act as a barrier to participation — please contact Aryne Sheppard if you have any concerns.
Please note: teams will not receive funding from the David Suzuki Foundation for their project.
What are the benefits of participating?
Here are some of the good things you can expect:
- Be a part of an exclusive and cutting edge leadership program
- Extensive training in community organizing, leadership, and environmental activism
- Learn about natural capital valuation and how it can support conservation initiatives
- Design and implement a unique initiative in your own community with the support of the David Suzuki Foundation
- Take on significant leadership in your own community, expand your personal network, and develop meaningful roots in your community
- Camp Suzuki training manual and planning guide, copy of lower mainland natural capital valuation reports and supporting tools
- Meet like-minded people, be a force for good, and most importantly, have fun!
When will I find out if my team is selected?
The application deadline for Camp Suzuki is April 25, 2012. Staff will consider applications as they are received. Teams may be contacted by telephone for an informal interview.
All teams will receive email notification as to the status of their application by May 1, 2012.
Who can I contact if I have questions about the program?
Please email Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist at email@example.com.