I am Katimavik

Friday, January 28, 2011


I am a Katimavik volunteer that has been placed in Ottawa to live with eleven other people in a house for 6 months. It is my second day of work and I am loving it. I got placed at the University of Ottawa in the sustainability unit with one other person from my household. Ottawa is definitely something to see, I am from a small town in Saskatchewan and not a whole lot goes on there. Today we went through the campus and placed paper towel recycling signs in the washrooms hoping that the students will take the time to look and agree that this is a good idea. If this catches on we can reuse the paper towel which adds up and would contribute to saving our planet.

There is still so much to do, as I am slowly learning. Every Monday morning we have staff meetings where everyone touches on what they did during the week before. I am realizing there is so much that goes on in this work place and its neat finding out so much about what these fantastic people are doing. They are all over the place thinking of new ideas and setting up new operations to help clean up our land.

Today we talked about the uPasses which is a mandatory bus pass that the students buy to take public transits throughout the year. This pass is cheaper than the regular bus pass and it has increased the ridership over 20%. I can not wait to find out more about this system and how much it encourages people to car pool.

Let me know what you think about the uPass and if you have more information on it I would love to hear from you. I don’t only want to hear about the uPass I want to hear about any kind of useful or non useful facts and opinions you may have.

Fun Fact: My parents are in Jamaica for their 25th anniversary, where are yours?

-shredder (katimavik participant)

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