Pick Leaders are indispensable at VFTP, and we are so grateful for the time that they contribute. We decided to showcase some of the awesome Pick Leader volunteers that keep VFTP running in a special spotlight series. Read more about their experiences over the coming weeks and find out why they love being a Pick Leader!
Pick Leader All-Star: Carillon Kinley
Having grown up in northern Alberta, when Carillon moved to BC and discovered the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project, she was drawn to the idea and the chance to be outdoors. She began volunteering as a picker and outreach volunteer shortly after the society was created in 1999 and has now been a Pick Leader for over 10 years.
“I love getting outside in summer and fall and enjoying the great weather,” Carillon explains, “especially after a day in the office”. She also loves getting to taste and take home fruit at its peak ripeness, especially novel varieties that she doesn’t always come across.
Being a Pick Leader has given Carillon the opportunity to learn and strengthen many different skills, from supervisory experience to positive people management skills, as well as group facilitation skills such as engaging volunteers in conversation. She believes that many people choose to volunteer because they want to be a part of a community, and “sometimes you have to [actively] create the community”, she explains.
Carillon enjoys being a Pick Leader because it “allows more flexibility and opportunity in determining the picks you do. You also really become part of the project and the values of the project; you become part of a community.” Outside of being a Pick Leader, Carillon enjoys cross-country skiing and taking weekend trips in and around beautiful BC.