Thin Green Line premiered by Park Wardens Across Canada
On World Ranger day, July 31, 2007, Park wardens in Pacific Rim, Jasper, Riding Mountain and the National Office in Ottawa all took part in the simultaneous World Premier of the documentary, ‘The Thin Green Line’. They joined with other rangers from around the globe in hosting a showing of this original documentary of Rangers working in the field throughout the world. For further information on the documentary visit the website www.thingreenline.info
Here is how warden Melanie Hindle described the event at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, ‘We held our event at the parks Canada visitor centre theatre, which is a heritage log building and seats about 55 people comfortably. We held a reception afterwards so people could forage and talk about the movie and local conservation efforts. We were hoping for 45 people and had 75. Some people traveled an hour to our town to see it and another former warden made the trip as well. We collected $384 in donations and we had a lot of positive feedback from the viewers. I was very happy to help bring this to our area and quite excited about the movie in general.’
At Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia the film was well received with 109 people showing up at the Greenpoint Theatre. In Jasper National Park in Alberta the event was held at the Downstream bar. It turned out to be bigger than the organizers had anticipated and they ended up with standing room only. The local paper published an article that helped in advertising the event. They were able to raise $458.00 dollars through donations. Because of the great turn out the Jasper wardens are hoping to put on another showing.
In Ottawa, organizer Michel Villineuve invited all the Parks staff from the Parks Canada National Office and all the NGOs in the National Capita region. Although many people were on holidays at this time of year, there were still 20 for the French presentation and 50 for the English. Nik Lopoukhine, Chair of the IUCN (the World Conservation Union www.iucn.org) attended as well as John Waithaka, a Kenyan conservationist working in the Parks Canada National Office. John’s comments were global in perspective and extremely moving. Even the CEO managed to take some time and view part of the presentation.
Thanks to all of you across the country who organized these premiers and helping to promote the role of rangers and park wardens around the globe.