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“Y2Y provides something powerful that lasts — educating the nations of Canada and U.S. on the importance and value of conservation. That is forever.”  
P.J. Darling

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Y2Y Supporter: P.J. Darling

“I feel good supporting causes like Y2Y that can do what I can’t,” says P.J.

"It touched my heart,” says longtime Y2Y donor P.J. Darling as she recounts her first encounter with Y2Y as an organization.

She was driving through Wyoming with her husband and parents when they came across a “beautiful” art exhibit that highlighted the large landscapes and areas of Yellowstone to Yukon.

The vision and mission of connecting this vast landscape and conserving one of the last intact mountain ecosystems in the world resonated with her. “It was at that moment the importance of open space and room for animals to move to survive became clear to me.”

The California native feels we all have a role to play in being a voice for those who don’t, “like bees, plants and animals — especially our land.”

 She does what she can to contribute her time, talent and resources, from teaching fellow volunteers how to plant trees or collecting trash while on walks with husband Patrick and her two dogs, to becoming a monthly supporter of Y2Y.

“Being a monthly donor is something that works for me,” explains P.J. “I feel good supporting causes like Y2Y that can do what I can’t.”

As a regular donor, P.J. says she is proud to see the impact her monthly gift is making. “I know I’m helping a very good organization do their magic,” she says.

“Y2Y provides something powerful that lasts — educating the nations of Canada and U.S. on the importance and value of conservation. That is forever. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that and say: ‘I helped make that happen’?”

Her biggest wish is that people and wildlife — not just one or the other — live and thrive together. 

P.J. and her husband are currently searching for rural property they would one day like to donate to Y2Y, hoping to ease the migration of wildlife. P.J. also hopes to write a book on wildlife connectivity for the younger crowd.

“Children are our biggest advocates,” she says. “If we can educate the children, we have a chance at a better future.”

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