One of my other roles is as director of education at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, a voluntary position with an exciting charitable organisation. Having just developed a five-year strategic plan, I’m looking forward to using social networking technologies and practices to build a much larger community of learners. Comments on learning and the non-profit sector are always welcome. Here’s some of our latest news:
Our mission is environmental education and our theme is renewal, says David Hawkins, recently designated acting Chairman of the Atlantic Wildlife Institute (formerly Maritime Atlantic Wildlife). We’re launching our new season with a new name, a new slogan, a new web site, a new Wildlife Learning Centre, and a new board of directors.
The name change, to Atlantic Wildlife Institute (AWI), reflects an expansion of the focus of the well-known Maritime Atlantic Wildlife organization, which has been in operation for the past eight years. It will now add an important dimension of learning and research to its initial mission of rehabilitating displaced or injured wildlife. The new Institute program will include wildlife education and ecotourism experiences, as well as training opportunities for people who want to gain the skills required for responding to wildlife emergencies.
The Institute designation also underlines the non-advocacy nature of our activities, continues David Hawkins. We are ready to partner with any organization that has a sincere interest in enhancing the relationship between human society and nature. We’re actively seeking constructive solutions, but we’re not activist, in the confrontational or lobbying sense, nor will we be.