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Canadian Wildlife Federation athlete ambassador Angella Goran, left, and Canadian Forces member Dennis Grant cycle near Gagetown, N.B. during the CWF’s National Bike for Wildlife. Goran was in P.E.I. this past weekend for the ride, which ends in Halifax on Wednesday.
For Angella Goran, every day of a cross-country bicycle venture has been a bit of a vacation.
The Canadian Wildlife Federation athlete ambassador was in Charlottetown this weekend as part of the group’s National Bike for Wildlife.
The goal of the ride, which began in Victoria, B.C. and ends in Halifax later this week, is to raise awareness about wildlife conservation, connect Canadians with nature, and share the importance of being outdoors.
That’s something Goran knows a lot about, after witnessing Canada’s outdoors firsthand since beginning the ride on Aug. 14.
“I’m feeling fantastic. Every single day has been a little bit of a vacation,” Goran said during an interview with The Guardian. “It’s about appreciating the beauty we have in Canada.”
Goran is leaving P.E.I. Monday before finishing in Halifax on Wednesday where a short presentation from the CWF will unveil a new national conservation program.
Goran said she wanted to find a way to become involved with the CWF after being introduced to the group a few years ago through their education programs for kids.
“I thought, well gosh, what can I do to help and participate,” she said.
Goran, who has spent more than 15 years in amateur to elite sport levels in rowing, cycling and triathlon, said most of her athletic training in life has been outdoors.
That personal appreciation for nature has been spread to schools, youth camps and more than 25 community organizations across the country during the ride.
While the main point of her journey was to advocate, the ride’s pledge for wildlife also encourages individuals to show their support for conservation.
Classes and youth are encouraged to bike, walk or do a community clean up while raising awareness for CWF. Those groups will be entered to win a $1,000 grant.
Donations raised will go towards continuing free education programs offered by the CWF.
Goran said individuals can donate or find out more information at bikeforwildlife.ca or by texting wildlife to 12345.
Her stay in P.E.I. included meeting with CWF past president Patrick Doyle, seeing the heritage buildings and Province House in Charlottetown and re-connecting with some friends originally from the country’s west coast.
She said she hopes to return to P.E.I. again someday, after having been in the province once before during the winter.
“It’s a beautiful place you guys have here, it’s unbelievable,” she said. “You’ve got a small Island that’s populated based on the seasons. It goes up and down.
“It’s neat to see how much has been developed.”