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FortWhyte Spotlight: Karran Bayney

Posted on April 1, 2024

The most important role of a FortWhyte Alive volunteer’s role is their ability to create magic.

Their talents building experiences, demonstrating skills, and leading students through environmental education programs ensure you leave having learned something new about nature.

It’s this power to connect learning and nature that makes our volunteers so impactful.

Volunteers like Karran, who is incredibly talented at explaining nature in an easy-to-follow way. His engaging communication style is a huge reason our programs are so successful and we are so grateful to have him in our community teaching people about nature in a way that resonates with them.

Karran smiles at camera

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!

I have been retired as an International Tax auditor for 8 years. I have played cricket all my life. I was an international cricket umpire until I retired from it about 7 years ago. I recently started playing golf and enjoying it. Over the past six years, I have coached cricket at several junior high schools in my local community.

Note: Karren enjoys golf SO MUCH that we rarely see him during golf season, he left for a tee time moments after his photo was taken for this feature.

2. How did you hear about volunteering with us and what made you want to start?

Subsequent to retiring, I wanted to ensure that I had something meaningful to do without seeking additional employment. After reviewing the volunteer opportunities at several organizations, I chose FortWhyte, as the opportunities to volunteer best fit my interest and availability. I was aware of the operation of FortWhyte from visiting the facility on several occasions.

Karran smiles at camera

3. What has been your favourite part of volunteering at FortWhyte?

Being with like minded people and contributing in a meaningful way to the community.

4. Has volunteering had a positive impact in any other areas of your life?

All volunteering has had a positive impact on my life. Being at FortWhyte has given me an appreciation for all that I have achieved. More importantly, it is better to give than to receive. I am at ease when I am volunteering, as I am doing what I want and those that receive my contribution are appreciative of it. Also, the smiles on the faces of the children melts my heart and makes me want to do it all over again.

5. What would you tell someone who is interested in volunteering at FortWhyte?

It is one of the best organizations to belong to.

You are treated more as a close friend and family rather than as a help.

Thank you, Karran for sharing your knowledge and non-golfing hours with us! The passionate way you communicate with visitors and students is a huge reason why they leave with a deeper understanding of the environment.


Volunteers are the heart of FortWhyte Alive. If you’re ready to get involved you can view our seasonal positions or reach out to [email protected] to learn more about what might be right for you.

Special thank you to LaFarge Canada for helping us celebrate our volunteers all year long, and to Cambrian Credit Union for supporting our training to make our volunteers the best they can be!