Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

LSRCA completes strategic plan

Annual General Meeting showcases impressive 2011 achievements and opens 2012 business

Amid representatives from both the federal and provincial governments, watershed municipalities and community environmental groups, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) held its 61st Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Newmarket on Feb. 3, 2012.

In addition to celebrating 2011 accomplishments, the order of business called for the election of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. In a unanimous vote of confidence, board members re-elected current Chair, Mayor of East Gwillimbury, Virginia Hackson and Vice Chair, Township of Scugog Regional Councillor, Bobbie Drew, to their seats. Both women have held their positions for six consecutive terms.

“I’m honoured to be able to continue supporting the work of such a skilled group of staff and dedicated board members,” said Mayor Hackson. “Having been in this watershed for my entire life, it’s an absolute joy to continue to lead an organization that is focused on protecting and restoring our precious land and lake. I’m looking forward to working together with staff and the board to meet the challenges and opportunities 2012 has in store.”

Closing out the business of 2011, Mayor Hackson showcased some of the Authority’s impressive accomplishments summarized in LSRCA’s 2011 Annual Report. Highlights included the authoring of five peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Great Lakes Research; winning the 2011 Smart Commute Central York Employer of the Year Award; completion of the Authority’s Strategic Plan, Focused Future 2014; and highlights from LSRCA’s International Twinning Mission to Mexico.

Wrapping up her presentation, Mayor Hackson thanked board members for their tireless support of the Authority’s work; federal, provincial, municipal and the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation for their partnerships; and watershed communities for their interest and commitment to working towards achieving the Authority’s vision of A Watershed For Life.

To read a copy of LSRCA’s 2011 Annual Report and strategic plan: Focused Future 2014, please visit and click on Reports & Studies.

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