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BLUE MOUNTAIN WATERSHED TRUST FOUNDATION

P.O. Box 605

Collingwood ON L9Y 4E8

705-445-0357

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www.watershedtrust.ca

 

Directors for 2016

Director Phone Email
 

Donald H. Avery

 

705-300-3527

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Lora Gibson

 

705-444-2655, Cel 705-888-2787

 

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Blanka Guyatt

705-293-0477

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Donald J. Kerr

705-444-0847

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Peter McDonald (Recording Secretary)

705-444-8294

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Carl Michener

416-476-7484

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Michael P. Seguin (Secretary-Treasurer)

519-599-7179

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Eleanor Ward (Vice-President)

416-972-1399

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Norman Wingrove (President)

705-445-0357, Cel 705-444-9432

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Committees:

Watershed Action Group

The Watershed Action Group Committee was formed in August, 2002 with the objectives of continuing the campaign of the Senior League and subsequently the Trust to protect and preserve of Collingwood's Silver Creek Wetlands through encouraging grass-roots citizen involvement and encouraging municipal councillors to become connitted to the conservation of our natural heritage. The Castle Glen Resort Sub-Committee was formed in 2003 to engage in the campaign to protect the Niagara Escarpmwent, a World Biosphere Reserve, from this large proposed development.

The WAG (originally the "W" stood for "Wetlands") Committee was founded in August 2002. Its focus was the preservation and protection of the Silver Creek watershed, especially the provincially significant wetlands at the mouth, from the considerable development pressures that were building up. The BMWTF had "taken up the torch" from the Senior League (now Nature League) in the campaign to save this last remaining coastal wetland on southern Georgian Bay.

Our first task was to prepare and present a Participant Witness Statement at the October 2002 Ontario Municipal Board Hearing in which the landowner challenged the Town of Collingwood's Interim Control By-law. The ICBL was enacted at the suggestion of the BMWTF to protect the wetlands until the new Official Plan was approved. The Town's By-law was upheld by the OMB.

Thanks to the hard work of the founding members and the addition of many dedicated new members, the WAG Committee's role has expanded to include the other significant threat to the Silver Creek watershed, Castle Glen. This meant participating in two more OMB hearings. We are also a Participant in the second Silver Creek OMB hearing which has been ongoing for over three years. The landowner is objecting to the Town's new Official Plan.

WAG Committee members have also been involved in stakeholder advisory sessions reforming the Planning Act and the OMB, as well as the Province of Ontario's "Places to Grow" initiative. We have also commented on and supported Ontario's Clean Water Act, 2006.

With the disbanding of the Land Acquisition Committee, WAG will assume this responsibility, working with partners with broad experience in this area, such as the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy.

Purpose:

To ensure that the wetlands and other natural heritage features of the BMWTF area of interest are protected from inappropriate development.

To recommend to the BMWTF Board actions that achieves this purpose.

Assist in fundraising as necessary to provide money to undertake projects that will further the process to achieve this purpose.

Responsibilities:

" Work co-operatively with local, provincial and federal governments and Conservation Authorities and other public bodies to raise awareness of the issues and to implement solutions.
" Raise awareness of the public, working with and providing input to the Membership/Communication/Publication Committee.
" Fund-raising events through the striking of sub-committees, i.e. the 'SOS - Save Our Silver Creek Wetlands Dinner Committee'.
" Become involved in "rubber boot" projects by providing volunteers to plant trees, do stream bank rehabilitation, etc. in co-operation with CA's and local environmental groups.

Watershed Action Group Committee ("WAG"):
Don Avery
Duncan Bristow
Ivan Chan
Don Gibson
Stella Juhasz
Don Kerr
Brian Lucas
Greta McGillivray (honorary member)
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Peter Tollefsen
Norman Wingrove

Communications

Responsibilities:

Create a Communication Plan for each calendar year and review with Board of Directors for approval
Create specific communications and review with Board of Directors for approval before issuing or a minimum of two Board Members based on the turnaround time and magnitude of the communication
Continue to design and maintain an effective, current website for all of our key stakeholders
Publish two Watershed Newsletters annually with involvement and input from Board of Directors and Committees
Evaluate committee performance and present a report to the Board of Directors that can be used for the Annual General Meeting

Communications Committee:
Ivan Chan
Blanka Guyatt (co-chair)
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Eleanor Ward

Education

"The earth is primary, everything else is derivative. Knowledge of this fact and the interrelationship and interdependence of all its living systems must be the central organizing principle for civilization."

The Mandate of the Education Committee is to raise consciousness that all human endeavours rely on natural capital and to promote pragmatic participation in activities that support watershed ecosystem sustainability.

The BMWTF Educational Committee's actions may include, but are not exclusive to the following:

*Enter into partnerships to deliver relevant curriculum to support environmental education.

*Support community initiatives promoting behavioral changes to improve ecosystem habitat.

* Promote public and student participation in monitoring and rehabilitation efforts such as tree-planting and monitoring of stream communities.

* Promote the participation of students and other citizens in the advancement of environmental public policy, such as a ban on the use of unnecessary pesticides, the preservation of essential ecosystem functions and ecological land use planning.

* Promote the support of locally-grown organic foods including involvement in school garden initiatives.

Education Committee:
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Alison McGillivray

Finance

The purpose and goals of this committee are to inform, guide, and make recommendations in all financial matters including budgets, expenditures, grant applications, and annual financial statements and bring matters of financial importance to the Directors for discussion and approval.

Finance Committee:
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William A. Sloan

Fundraising

Governance

The purpose of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation Governance Committee is to ensure that there is adequate and responsible governance of the BMWTF and that the Board of Directors fulfills its legal, ethical, and functional responsibilities through adequate governance policy development, recruitment strategies, training programs, monitoring of board activities, and evaluation of board members' performance.

Responsibilities:

The responsibility of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation Governance Committee is to make recommendations to the Board:
1. regarding maintenance of an active and effective Board including recommendations for removal, replacement and appointment of Directors and to ensure that Board members are aware of their legal duties as Directors of a charitable corporation.
2. regarding the development of committees as necessary for effective conduct of the activities of the BMWTF;
3. to ensure there are adequate Terms of Reference for the Board and its committees;
4. regarding policies and practices relative to conflict of interest; 5. for limiting liability exposure;
6. regarding the management and monitoring of insurance coverage to ensure that the BMWTF is adequately covered for loss of property, commercial & general liability and Directors' and Officers' liability;
7. management of our charitable status;
8. and review the terms of reference annually and report this review to the Board.

Although the Secretary is responsible for maintainance and annual update of the Directors' Handbook, the Governance Committee will review all of the elements of the handbook that are within the Committee's Terms of Reference.

Governance Committee:
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Don Gibson
Michael P. Seguin

Membership

The purpose of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation Membership Committee is to ensure that we are effectively communicating with our key stakeholders (Members, Community, Government - Local, Provincial & Federal, Educational Institutions, Environmental Organizations and the Media ) to provide them with current, relevant information that encourages their support, membership and/or donations.

Maintain the membership database

Track membership statistics from year to year
Report to the Board of Directors as appropriate and specifically at the Annual General Meeting
Retain current members
Attract new members
Express appreciation via a thank-you letter for all support, memberships and donations

Membership Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 705-445-5414

 

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