exemplifies the volunteer nature guides at Sungei Buloh. A warm person
with a wry sense of humour, he brings a joyous new understanding of
nature on every trip he guides.
was thus no surprise that one of his trips resulted in a bouquet in
the press! .
This effort by a visitor to express appreciation was also a great morale
booster to all the guides at Buloh.
Here is more about Edie in his own words ...
How did you first get involved in working for nature
It was in 1999 when I was minding my own business and surfing the net. I
came across the Sungei Buloh Nature Park website and thought of just emailing
them for such a wonderful site. It's a long story, but I ended up sending
in the Volunteers' form too.
What do you get out of working
I don't work for nature. I enjoy nature. So whatever work I do which is
related to nature, I am actually relaxing and destressing.
What is your approach/personal motto in your work?
Generally, when I put myself to a task, I will make sure that the task is
completed competently. So you can expect that whenever I volunteer for nature,
Mother Nature always smiles. If I make a promise, I ensure that it is carried
out. It does not matter if the promise benefits some-one else.
What are some of your current projects?
I am still a Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve volunteer and I now train their
new volunteers as well. I am also a Co-opted Committee member of the Nature
Society (Singapore) and also in their Conservation
Edie is "less than
half a century" as he puts it and is currently self employed. He volunteers
as a nature guide at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
by greenEd Posted on 15/08/04 17:27 Edie has such a good laugh
& it comes from that wry humour of his. Alway so much to learn from
him - at times the quiet, strong & reassuring presence.
Posted by Ria Posted on 15/08/04 17:36 Thanks greenEd, I forgot
to mention Edie's wonderful laugh. Although when he laughs I get a
bit worried for myself as he is always up to something :-)
Posted by hoppiesg Posted on 16/08/04 19:30
good to have volunteers serving with passion
Posted by otterman Posted on 18/08/04 11:14
I had seen Eddie around Sungei Buloh and was struck by his calm but
knowledgeable manner, a boon to visitors. And he wasn't afraid to
ask questions. I first worked him when he signed up as a guide for
a special mangrove guiding session for participants of the International
Coastal Cleanup Singapore. We wanted them to learn about the ecosystem
they were helping to clear! But the team of guides only got a short
briefing on the morning of 7 Sep 2001. I was relying on their experience
to coordinate well because there were loads of students - we had to
prevent bottlenecks on the boardwalks and visitor centre. Each guide
also had to sow a series of stories which would form the basis of
a lightnning quiz later! It would only be fair if all groups had covered
the basics and it was was up to the guides to figure out a sequence
for their group and see the organisms we were going to feature later!
Each guide ended up improvising as they went along to make the plan
work and later we laughed as we recounted the things we did to make
it work! Eddie worked very well with the other experienced guides
from the Habitat Group although it was the first time they were all
working together. He was already an old hand at this. Years later
when I saw that letter to the forum page, I nodded sagely. Eddie,
you had that coming, you're an excellent guide!
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