Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Newmarket - Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe was elected chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority board at the LSRCA's Annual General Meeting Jan. 23.

The AGM marked the beginning of the organization's 64th year of focused environmental science, research, protection, restoration and education in the Lake Simcoe watershed.

This year's AGM saw nine new faces on the board as a result of the municipal election in October. It also saw a change in leadership, with Dawe as chair and Regional Councillor / Deputy Mayor, Township of Scugog, Bobbie Drew elected as vice-chair.

"I am thrilled for this opportunity to chair such an amazing organization with a strong record of environmental achievement in this watershed," Dawe said. "The dedication and passion I see at the board and staff levels is unprecedented. We have challenges ahead of us, but I know that we have a board and staff team fully capable of working to find ways to move forward."

Vice Chair, Regional Councillor / Deputy Mayor, Township of Scugog, Bobbie Drew said she is "excited to be helping to lead the board of an agency that is tackling some heady issues like development and climate change. I see real opportunity here. I am proud of our accomplishments and see tremendous opportunity in the future."

Highlights of the LSRCA's 2014 Annual Report, released at the AGM, include expanding the authority's environmental project assistance to urban dwellers, growing ownership of and ongoing upgrades to its green spaces, and minimizing the impact of new development.

The annual report and a short video rendition can be found online at

Here is the complete list of the 2015 Board of Directors:

City of Barrie Councillor Peter Silveira
City of Barrie (Citizen Representative) Mr. Jay Dolan
City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Stephen Strangway
City of Orillia (Ex-Officio) Councillor Sarah Valiquette-Thompson
Durham Region (Brock) Ms. Debbie Bath
Durham Region (Scugog) Deputy Mayor/Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew
Durham Region (Uxbridge) Councillor Pat Molloy
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Councillor Peter Ferragine
Town of Innisfil Councillor Richard Simpson
Town of New Tecumseth Councillor Shira Harrison McIntyre
Township of Oro-Medonte Councillor Scott Macpherson
Township of Ramara Deputy Mayor John O'Donnell
York Region (at Large) Deputy Mayor/Regional Councillor Danny Wheeler
York Region (Aurora) Mayor Geoffrey Dawe (Chair)
York Region (East Gwillimbury) Mayor Virginia Hackson
York Region (Georgina) Mayor Margaret Quirk
York Region (King) Councillor Avia Eek
York Region (Newmarket) Councillor Dave Kerwin
York Region (Whitchurch-Stouffville) Councillor Ken Ferdinands

 Article courtesy of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Photo: Johanna Powell


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