The latest chapters of my life have been influenced by living green. I learned so much in the Katimavik volunteer program, having been a part of the environment committee. Upon my return after the nine-month program, I enjoyed a job working as a community kitchen chef and clearing trails for a running path, cooking with fresh vegetables and promoting healthy living. I gained a similar job the next summer, cooking, but using home-grown vegetables and fruits from a community garden that my friends and I planted. I would bike to this garden most days, enjoying the exercise and fresh air. It's part of a larger project that will promote buying local foods. I continued my healthy lifestyle in the Canada World Youth volunteer program. I lived in Kelowna, BC, and Beijing, China, where I began to REALLY appreciate environmentally friendly living. We learned a lot about the issues there and how they are affected socially and politically. I hope to continue doing so and learning more when I bike across Canada, and maybe join the Otesha project in the future, a biking organization that promotes environmental issue awareness.
Thanks to Devon for sending in her story – and don't forget, if you still haven't entered, there's still time to send your own story to email@example.com. Devon wins a gift basket of yummy organic and fair-trade goodies from Cocoa Camino, including the following: • 1 Bittersweet 71% bar (100g) • 1 Milk bar (100g) • 1 Dark with Almonds bar (100g) • 1 Cranberries and Almonds bar (40g) • 1 Matcha Green Tea bar (40g) • 1 Panama Extra Dark 85% bar (40g) • 1 Chili and Spice bar (40g) • 1 bag of sugar cane (1lb) • 1 tin of Chili and Spice hot chocolate - dairy free (275g) Today's code word: chocolate Read more: • What you can do about rising food prices • New book about eating locally in Canada • 14 delicious rhubarb recipes