Annual Members’ Meeting
On Wednesday June 19th the Ontario Farmland Trust hosted its Annual General Meeting at the University of Guelph Arboretum.
The meeting was overseen by Board Chair Bernard Pope, Secretary Megan Mills, and Treasurer Spencer MacDonald.
After a greeting and introduction by the Board Members, Bernard began the meeting with a message regarding the important role played by OFT staff, volunteers, and members in protecting Ontario farmland. Bernard also focused on the strides made by OFT in its mission of permanently protecting Ontario farmland, looking towards finalizing prospective easements in 2020.
Next, as an overview of the progress OFT has made over the past year, Executive Director Kathryn Enders shared the successes of OFT through a review of the 2018 Annual Report. Kathryn also shared updates on OFT easements that are currently in progress across Ontario. We look forward to protecting farmland in Prince Edward County, Bruce County, Essex County, and more! OFT has much to look forward to in 2020 as we continue working with landowners passionate about protecting their farmland, increase the range of our message across Ontario, and approach over 1500 acres of protected farmland!
After the formal meeting, Arlene Slocombe, Executive Director of the Wellington Water Watchers, shared with us their mission of the protection, restoration, and conservation of drinking water in Guelph and Wellington County, and gave a presentation on their work on Bill 71, Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019. The presentation highlighted the number of similarities between water conservation and farmland protection, and the importance of unity in conservation throughout Ontario.
Finally, the attendees of the AGM were joined by Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner, who detailed the roots of conservation in Ontario and updated us with the status of Bill 71, Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019 which is based on the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act of 2001.
The morning concluded with an excellent lunch and great conversation between members and supporters.
We would like to welcome newly elected board members and extend our thanks and gratitude for all of the hard work from board members whose terms have finished.
Thank you to everyone who attended and see you next year!