As the end of 2015 approaches, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported Nature Canada this year. I have been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and generosity of people who support Nature Canada – it inspires me every day.
And together we have achieved a lot this year! For example, you raising your voices for the Greater Sage Grouse and its habitat contributed to this summer’s announcement that its habitat near Govenlock, Saskatchewan will be turned over to Environment Canada (we will continue to pressure for the creation of an NWA). Your signing of our petition on Monarch butterflies spurred the announcement by our former Environment Minister and her colleagues in US and Mexico on trilateral action on Monarch conservation. Our NatureHood program expanded this year to provide over 3000 children and their families opportunities to explore and celebrate their nearby nature. And, showing the importance of long-term efforts, our decades-long push for the creation of Qausuittuq National Park on Bathurst Island to protect Peary Caribou, Muskoxen, Polar Bear, Walrus, Narwhal, Beluga Whales, Snowy Owls, and King Eider finally met with success when it was established as Canada’s 45th national park this summer.
Then, last week, I was thrilled when Nature Canada was named one of Canada’s top 25 charities for 2015. Our transparency, financial reporting, and our effective use of donor funds to achieve our goals are particularly recognized by this, and I hope will remind you of what you already know – that every penny you donate to Nature Canada is treasured and used efficiently and carefully to protect and conserve nature.
I am looking forward to the holidays and some relaxing days, long walks and good food (and hopefully some skiing, if the snow comes!) with my family. And then I am so excited about what 2016 will bring! We have a lot of work to do in continuing to press for the real protection of species under the Species at Risk Act, we will be asking you to raise your voices to protect crucial habitats across the country, and stay tuned for a brand new campaign we’ll be launching in the spring to Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives.
I wish you and your loved ones wonderful holidays. Thank you so much for your support of Nature Canada.