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A Busy Otonabee Region Conservation Authority AGM

by Terry gillis

January 27, 2017


At the 58th Annual General Meeting of the Conservation Authority held Thursday evening (January 19) at the Ennismore Community Centre in Ennismore, Andy Mitchell, representing the Township of Selwyn, was acclaimed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority for 2017. Sherry Senis, Deputy-Mayor of the Township of Selwyn, was acclaimed Vice-Chair of the Conservation Authority, an office she has held since 2009.

As well, on Thursday, Otonabee Conservation presented the Environmental Excellence Award to four recipients:

- Conservationist: Barbara Elliot of Fleming College

- Stewardship: Lara Griffin - the Peterborough Junior Field Naturalists

- Partnership: Mike Richardson, Manager of Parks and Recreation for the Township of Selwyn

- Business: General Electric Canada –Peterborough and BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada

“The awards recognize the conservation efforts of those who are very passionate about conservation but remain quite humble about their involvement and accomplishments. It’s our way of saying thank you and sharing their success with the watershed community, “said Dan Marinigh, Chief Administrative Officer of Otonabee Conservation.

At the 2017 AGM, ORCA also released their Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. “This strategic plan is a significant document that reflects our commitment to providing excellence in the delivery of conservation programs and services as we move forward over the next 4 years,” explained Andy Mitchell, Chair of Otonabee Conservation.

The plan defines four strategic goals:

- Safeguard people and property from flooding and other natural hazards

- Contribute to the maintenance of a healthy and resilient natural environment

- Provide recreational opportunities in the natural environment

- Build awareness and understanding of the value of the natural environment

Watershed residents are encouraged to download the plan, which is available on the Otonabee Conservation website at

In 2017, the Board of Directors will meet the third Thursday of every month, unless otherwise notified. Anyone interested in attending a meeting or appearing as a delegation before the Board are welcome. Meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. and are held at the Otonabee Conservation Centre, located at 250 Milroy Drive, Peterborough. The meeting agenda is available on the Authority website [] in advance of the meeting.