Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has renewed its commitment to a thriving environment and to working to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe Watershed.
This came with the release of its new Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 at the LSRCA's annual general meeting Friday, Jan. 22, in the York Council Chambers.
The conservation authority says its vision and mission for the next five years are not a departure from its previous direction, but a renewal of that commitment. The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, "Vision to Action, Action to Results," lists a number of priority actions, including:
• Create an Action Plan with the development industry and municipal and provincial partners to advance smart, sustainable community building and development in three years.
• Develop a Watershed-wide Carbon Reduction strategy in five years.
Initiate an applied social innovation research project to advance collaborative engagement in two years.
• Harmonize with neighbouring Conservation Authorities in three years.
The Authority’s 2015 Annual Report was also released at the AGM. It details highlights of the Authority’s achievements over the past year, including research findings, outreach efforts, and community-driven restoration projects.
The LSRCA board also re-elected Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe as Chair.
“Receiving the continued support of my colleagues on the Board of Directors means a great deal to me,” Dawe said. “This past year as Chair of LSRCA has been a highlight in my career and I’m thrilled to continue on in that role. I expect 2016 will be even more exciting as the Authority begins implementing our new five-year strategic plan.”
Councillor Richard Simpson from the Town of Innisfil was newly elected to the position of Vice Chair. “During my time with LSRCA, I have been impressed with how the Board and staff respond to issues and challenges and look forward to my expanded role,” Simpson said.
LSRCA’s strategic plan and annual report are available online at:
In the photo: Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe (left) was re-elected to Chair of LSRCA for another year. Innisfil Councillor Richard Simpson was elected as Vice-Chair.
With files from LSRCA. Photo courtesy Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.