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ORCA reschedules annual general meeting

The 55th Annual General Meeting of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (Otonabee Conservation) will feature a special presentation on the new Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter, featuring guest presentations from Bill Kilburn of the Back to Nature Network and Meredith Carter of Otonabee Conservation.

The meeting will be held Thursday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ennismore Community Centre Auditorium in Ennismore.

“Seventy per cent of young Canadians spend one hour or less a day outdoors,” Kilburn explains.

“The new Ontario’s Children’s Outdoor Charter, the first of its kind in Canada, strives to turn that around by encouraging organizations and individuals to help children to get outside in order to be more active and to experience nature.”

Developed by a coalition of agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Back to Nature Network, the intent of the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter is to provide a framework that can be used by organizations and individuals to incorporate into their programs and communications so that they can encourage and advocate for more children to explore, discover, play, learn, and understand our environment.

The agenda for the evening will also include a presentation of Environmental Excellence Awards, a message from Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal, greetings from Peterborough Warden J. Murray Jones, electing of the Chair and Vice-Chair for 2014, and a 2013 Year in Review by Denyse Sanderson of Otonabee Conservation

Members of the watershed community are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting.

For further information call the Conservation Authority office at 705-745-5791 or check the website at

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