Learning about the 3 B’s at Walker Emulsions – Bugs, Bees and Brownies

On a warm evening in October, the Walker Emulsions Burlington site was a little bit louder and a whole lot messier than usual as they hosted a local Brownie unit for a special meeting. Somer Arthurs, General Accountant at Walker Emulsions, is the leader for a local Brownie unit and was excited to invite her girls to the plant.

Brownies is a group activity for girls age 7 – 8, run by volunteer leaders. They are part of Girl Guides of Canada, an organization that invites girls to challenge themselves, to find their voice, meet new friends, have fun and make a difference in the world.

Walker Industries, the parent company of Walker Emulsions, launched an initiative earlier this year to support pollinator health. As a part of the initiative, Walker Emulsions’ Burlington site created a garden dedicated to pollinators and has built two Warre style beehives on its site.

Alex Buchan, Walker Emulsions, explains the hives to the girls

The Brownies had a full agenda for the evening including a visit to the pollinator garden, a hike in the field to the beehives, then headed inside to build bug hotels that create welcoming environments for local insects. Alex Buchan, Plant Operator at Walker Emulsions and also a Beekeeper, was on site to field questions and bring his expertise on bees and some fun props for the girls to investigate.

Working on their Key to My Community badge, as well as completing their Help Our Planet badge, the girls were able to learn how Walker Emulsions, a company whose business has nothing to do with bees or pollinators, recognizes the important role we all play in our community to create a better world.

Arthurs had this to say, “Being a part of a community means looking at not just what your job is as an employee or as a student, but at what you can do each day to make the world a better place. Whether it is building a beehive, creating an insect hotel, or volunteering to lead a Brownie unit, everyone has the power to make a difference.”

The girls learned that no one is too young to have an impact. Though they may still be small, they have the power to do big things to help their families, their communities and the world around them.

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