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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

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