Board of Directors
- President Linda Bennett
- Past President David Stringer
- Vice-President Christine Trudeau
- Treasurer Jean Kronberg
- Secretary Mary Higginson
- Director Joëlle Claudon
- Director Daniel Cloutier
Dear Members of the Nature Society
Welcome to our website!!
Covid-19 has modified our lives as you all know. Just as we were to start up our meetings in March, health authority guidelines directed us to suspend in-person gatherings.
During the summer and into September we held executive board meetings outside, socially distanced. We realized the only way to continue meeting through the fall, and to reach out to keep in touch with our membership, would be to go virtual. So we have reintroduced our Nature News Newsletter online and we have initiated Zoom executive board meetings. In time, we hope to expand these to whole membership virtual meetings with guest speakers. More news on this will follow.
Our immediate concern is the Colacem Cement Plant Hearing which now starts on Monday, November 9th. As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) process will only be through video conference or by telephone. We are troubled that our members and community will not be able to express their opinions in person, and we encourage you to share your views through local media such as the The Review.
You are invited to read our report which we submitted to the LPAT Hearing and the Letter to the Editor published in The Review on October 28, 2020. Both can be seen under the Cement Plant tab.
Other projects we have been working on include the construction of a new bird feeder in Voyageur Park and the repair of the Prescott-Russell Trail birdfeeder. We plan to install a memorial plaque on the feeder to honour William Spekkens for his years of leadership in our Society. He both designed and built the birdfeeder.
Please visit our Facebook page to see frequent posts. Your ‘Likes’ and comments are most appreciated.
Our Annual General Meeting will be deferred to a safer time or format. The present executive has agreed to continue until then. In the meantime, annual memberships remain at $10 per person and can be sent by cheque.
For as long as this pandemic limits our ability to meet in person, let us continue to work tirelessly to promote environmental concerns and to celebrate and experience the restorative powers on Nature.
I leave you with the words of our foremost Canadian scientist and environmentalist, Dr David Suzuki:
Change is never easy, and it often creates
discord, but when people come together
for the good of humanity and the Earth we
can accomplish great things’
Yours in Nature,