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Thank you, Ted

Ted Crossley: 72 years of living, learning and loving this planet

We are all saddened by the passing of Ted. His energy, imagination and enthusiasm has been felt at the heart of Malaspina Land Conservancy Society over the past five years as he has served as a director on the board.

He spent a great deal of that time encouraging others to join MLCS, be involved in conserving the places we all love, and turn away from acts that devastate our natural world. He was a firm believer in conservation through covenant, to keep the trees and landscape the same for eternity. Last year he doubled our membership numbers by sweet-talking many in his men’s group into supporting our society.

He could be counted on to look after our display table at our local Seedy Saturday, again, trying to swell membership by his persuasive words; and to attend covenant reviews of properties and the meetings of MLCS so long as freshly baked cookies were on hand!

Every person plays their part in MLCS, and Ted definitely fulfilled his role. His family is taking this one step further by honouring his passion, by asking family and friends to donate in Ted’s memory to the work of Malaspina Land Conservancy Society: preserving the places we love.

Thanks Ted, for all you have done, and all your legacy continues to do. We miss you.

Ted

Our Annual General Meeting 2019 takes place at 7 pm on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the home of Malaspina Land Conservancy Society in Powell River, BC. If you would like to attend, please send us a message through this website or through email at info@malaspinaland.ca and we will send you more details and the agenda package.

This year’s invited guest will be Jasper Lament, CEO of Nature Trust BC. The Nature Trust holds land within the Powell River area, and this is an opportunity to find out what the Nature Trust does, as one of BC’s largest land conservation organizations, as well as explore ways MLCS and the Nature Trust may be able to collaborate.

We hope you can join us, if you are in this area. This is a time to renew your membership and consider joining our board.

This property sold in the winter of 2019 to a cohousing community. 

For anyone in the Powell River area, Herondell Bed and Breakfast conjures up visions of an idyllic, serene, secluded paradise of nature.

Situated alongside the Eagle (Lois) River, the 45 acres is forested with a large house, three ponds and a guest cabin. I have visited there for weddings, activities and to search for species at risk.

Now Herondell is for sale, and we are looking for the perfect buyer. What makes a buyer perfect? It’s somebody who cares for the land, nature, home and has the funds. This is 45 acres and priced for today’s real estate market. If you are reading this and think you know the perfect buyer, please take a look at this flier and contact the owners or realtor.

We invite everyone to attend the AGM on Sunday, November 26, 7 pm at 3852 Gordon Avenue in Powell River.

Along with the regular business of an AGM–president’s and treasurer’s reports, new and old business, election of officers, and new and renewed memberships–we have speakers Delia Becker and her partner Scott to talk about their experiences with salmon enhancement and restoration up and down the coast.

Send an email for a full AGM package including minutes of last year. In order to vote at the 2017 AGM you need to be a member in good standing for the current year before November 15. If unable to attend the AGM but wishing to have your voice heard, you need to submit a Proxy form. Both membership and proxy forms are included in the AGM package.

We hope you will attend and meet likeminded people interested in preserving and conserving our natural national biodiversity.

New Beginnings

Hello from your executive director,

A change has happened, and I think it is a good one. After functioning as a volunteer board since inception on August 2008, we now have three volunteer staff.

At our November 2016 annual general meeting, I stepped down from being a board member (president since 2008) to being a staff member.

As executive director I am free to pursue the necessary funding we require to fulfill the mandate of a land conservancy.

Kelly Chapman, who has been assisting the board over the past year as a volunteer environmental specialist, is also now under the fold as volunteer staff ecologist and environmental planner.

The board is doing well. At our AGM we were thrilled to bring Justin Frazer and Rachel LeBlanc onto the board as directors. Rob Southcott moved into the president position, Ted Crossley is now vice-president, Lesley Thorsell is secretary and Gord Kennedy remains as treasurer.

Kelly and I have been busy developing connections with the conservation world. We and MLCS are partners in a study relating to the federally listed species at risk found within the coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone. That’s the area in which Powell River is situated. You can find out more about this study on our new page: Research.

We have also applied for funding from the BC Real Estate Foundation to create a conservation strategy for the Powell River region. We have support from many different partners and hope to hear good news later this spring.

One of our newest members, Leeanne Barr, has offered to update our website and it is her handiwork you are now seeing.

Leeanne has added another new page to this website: Stories. When I attended the Land Trust Alliance of BC conference early November, the importance of storytelling was forefront. Stories carry the history of organizations, and for Malaspina Land Conservancy Society there are many stories to tell. Take a look. Do you have a story of your own about conservation that you would like to share? Send us a comment and let us know.

With that update, I will now sign off until next time,

Janet

Hello,

Twelve months flies by. Here we are, once again, planning our annual general meeting. We hope you will join us this year to find out what your land conservancy has been up to.

The AGM is on Tuesday, November 22 at 7 pm in Powell River, BC. Please contact us through this website if you are in the area and wish to attend, and the address will be sent along with all of the AGM information.

Membership dues are still $10 per person, $30 per non-profit organization, $100 per business. They have remained the same since we began in 2008. Our memberships are our main source of funding at the moment, so please do join up. You can do so at the AGM or on this website with the buttons along the right side.

We have a good board of five, but are looking to bring on new people. Everyone shares their own ideas and this helps Malaspina Land Conservancy Society to grow.

After the AGM, there will be a review of the Land Trust Alliance of BC‘s recent educational seminar. Topics from the seminar include an update on conservation covenants, working with first nations on conserving land, and climate change and land conservation.

There will also be plenty of time for questions.

I and the board look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the AGM.

Janet

Malaspina Land Conservancy Society is delighted to be recognized as an eligible recipient of ecological gifts under Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program.

The Ecological Gifts Program is good news for landowners who own ecologically sensitive property and wish to protect nature and create a legacy for future generations. Tax benefits encourage landowners to consider donation of interests in their land, whether that be through donating the land or engaging in a conservation covenant over part of their land.

The fair market value of land donated is established by the federal Minister of the Environment on land approved for the Ecological Gift Program through Environment Canada. The tax benefits are related to the Income Tax Act.

As a recipient, MLCS will be involved in ensuring the land’s natural biodiversity and environmental heritage are conserved forever.

Find out more about the Ecological Gifts Program by visiting http://www.ec.gc.ca/pde-egp.