LSCF and Friday Harbour announce memorial donationhttps://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/Pages/LSCF-and-Friday-Harbour-announce-memorial-donation.aspx2/8/2021 10:48:15 PMLSCF and Friday Harbour announce memorial donation<h1>​​Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation & Friday Harbour Announce Memorial Donation<br></h1><p><span style="font-size:0.875rem;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size:0.875rem;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/LSCF-and-Friday-Harbour-announce-memorial-donation/Mary%20jane%20Brinkos%202.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Mary Jane Brinkos and friends at Lake Simcoe Consesrge presentation" style="margin:15px 20px;width:499px;height:340px;" />The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation today accepted a $100,000 dollar donation made in memory of Mary Jane Brinkos, one of the original "Ladies of the Lake", a group of local volunteer residents committed to preserving and improving the health of Lake Simcoe. Ms. Brinkos, died in Barrie on January 29th at the age of 77.</span></p><p>The donation in her name was made by Jim De Gasperis, Managing Partner of Friday Harbour Resort on Lake Simcoe together with Mario Giampietri, Shauna Dudding, Vimal Patel and Cheryl Shindruk of Geranium.  <br><br></p><p>"The Foundation is honoured to accept this donation in memory of Mary Jane," said Foundation Board of Directors President, Debbi Conzelmann.<br><br></p><p>"Mary Jane's energy and her tireless efforts to protect Lake Simcoe and raise awareness of issues affecting its health leave a wonderful legacy of advocacy," added Foundation Executive Director, Cheryl Taylor.<br><br></p><p>"My family and I are delighted. We thank Friday Harbour, Geranium and our friend Dan Davidson for arranging this touching and generous acknowledgement.  This is so fitting and in harmony with my mother's passion for her precious lake's health," said her daughter, Diana Brinkos, who encouraged others to support the Foundation with donations of their own. <br><br></p><p>"We offer our condolences to Mary Jane's family and by making this donation in her name we want to acknowledge her commitment to the environment generally and to Lake Simcoe in particular," said Jim De Gasperis.<br><br></p><p>Mary Jane was a generous volunteer with several organizations, including Parent Finders.  As an adoptee herself and a parent of two adopted children, Mary Jane was very passionate about lessening the stigma around adoption.<br><br></p><p>Friday Harbour Resort donates a portion of the sale of each unit to the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation's <em>Inspiring Greener Communities Program</em>. They have been an avid supporter of all the Foundation's fundraising efforts, contributing almost $300,000 to date.  <br><br></p><p>Donations to the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation can be made in Mary Jane's memory <a href="https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/LakeSimcoeConservationFound/OnlineGiving.html">here​</a>.<br></p><p>Photo Description: Mary Jane Brinkos attending a 2017 Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation cheque presentation ceremony at Friday Harbour. (L to R: Mary Jane Brinkos, Shauna Dudding, Cheryl Taylor, Debbi Conzelmann, Jim De Gasperis, Cheryl Shindruk, Mario Giampietri)<br><br><br></p><p> </p><p>​<br><br></p><p><br><br></p>
LSCF is recruiting for its Board of Directorshttps://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/Pages/LSCF-is-recruiting-for-its-Board-of-Directors.aspx1/29/2021 10:12:57 PMLSCF is recruiting for its Board of Directors<h1>Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is recruiting for its Board of Directors<br></h1><h1><img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/LSCF-is-recruiting-for-its-Board-of-Directors/IMG_2180.JPG?RenditionID=10" alt="IMG_2180.JPG" style="margin:5px;" />​​​​​​​​​​​​​</h1><h1><br></h1><p><span style="font-style:italic;font-size:1em;font-weight:bold;">A</span><span style="font-style:italic;font-size:1em;font-weight:bold;">s we begin to emerge from a global pandemic, getting outside to enjoy nature has played an intrinsic role in improving our health and well-being. Let's take care of it.</span></p><p>​​​​​​</p><p>The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation (LSCF) is a registered charitable organization incorporated in 1973. Located in Newmarket, we are the leading environmental charity in our watershed, raising funds for the priority programs and projects of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA). Each year we work with our community partners to raise funds to help support science and research, restoration and protection and outdoor education initiatives to ensure a healthy and vibrant ecosystem.  LSCF is certified with Imagine Canada for excellence in non-profit management and manages both the legacy Annual Campaign as well as the Connect Campaign to re-build the Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek.</p><p>Your role on the Board is to provide the highest level of governance and decision making. Meeting bi-monthly, the Board oversees, articulates, and communicates the Foundations vision and mission in the community. You will identify, encourage, and secure financial support and appreciation for the Foundation's vision and mission. You will be a key contributor to the development and evaluation of the strategic plan, policies, key fundraising programs and approve Foundation financial support to LSRCA. There are also opportunities to serve on various Board Committees.</p><p>If you have a passion for nature, Lake Simcoe and its surrounding areas and want to ensure we protect and restore it for future generations, then consider serving on the LSCF Board of Directors.</p><p>For more information and to apply, please contact Cheryl Taylor, LSCF Executive Director at <span><strong><a href="mailto:c.taylor.on.ca">c.taylor@lsrca.on.ca​</a> </strong></span>by April 30, 2021.<br></p><p>We are located at: 120 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket, ON L3Y 3W3<br></p><p><br></p><h4><br></h4><p><br></p>
Annual Fund Coordinator Job Advertisementhttps://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/Pages/Annual-Fund-Coordinator-Job-Advertisement.aspx1/13/2021 10:13:13 PMAnnual Fund Coordinator Job Advertisement<h1>Annual Fund Coordinator​<br></h1><p>Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is hiring the following position:<br></p><p>1-year Part Time Contract</p><p>Newmarket, Ontario</p><p>Hourly Rate: $23.32 to $29.15</p><p>Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation<strong> </strong>is a registered charity whose mission is to raise funds for the environmental protection and restoration of the Lake Simcoe watershed. Since 1973, we have worked with our implementation partner, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to support critical environmental programs and projects. Our vision is of a community that works together to respect and support a healthy eco-system.</p><p>Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Annual Fund Coordinator<strong> </strong>will manage the planning, implementation, reporting and assessment of annual fund activities: special events like the annual signature Conservation Dinner and select annual fundraising programs like Conservation Days and Marina's Program that engage the community and support our mission.</p><h3>What you offer<br></h3><ul><li>University bachelor's degree in Business or Marketing with a post graduate diploma in Fundraising.</li><li>4-7 years of experience in a non-profit environment or equivalent.</li><li>Experience with event coordination, revenue generation and fundraising.</li><li>Team player with excellent organization skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.</li><li>Proven ability to raise funds and meet goals.</li><li>Excellent communication, writing and editing skills.</li><li>Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and e-Tapestry (or other) donor software.</li><li>Strong financial management skills.</li><li>Member of Association of Fundraising Professionals and knowledge of Conservation Authorities and their Foundations is an asset.</li></ul><h3>What you will do</h3><ul><li>Lead all aspects of event and program coordination including planning, budgeting, registration, execution, monitoring, analysis and reporting to both the Executive Director and the LSCF Board of Directors, as required. Recommend changes as required to maximize revenues and effectiveness.</li><li>Manage donor and sponsor acknowledgement and stewardship.</li><li>Manage relationships with external vendors and internal departments to meet annual giving deadlines and goals.</li><li>Provide input and guidance on LSCF's overall fundraising strategy.</li><li>Cultivate relationships with new and existing donors and sponsors.</li><li>Meet or exceed overall established revenue goals.</li><li>Develop relevant written materials that support fundraising events and programs.</li></ul><h4>Start Date</h4><p>March 2021</p><h4>Hours of work</h4><p>21 hours a week (3 days per week)</p><p>Please forward a single pdf document that includes a résumé and covering letter to the Authority's Human Resources, referencing Competition #1-2021, by 4:00 pm on January 25, 2021 to <a href="mailto:careers@LSRCA.on.ca"><strong>careers@LSRCA.on.ca</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p>The Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the Authority will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you are contacted regarding this competition and you require disability related accommodations, please inform Human Resources.</p><p>All personal information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We thank all applicants for their interest in the Authority; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.<br></p><p><br><br></p>
LSCF Thanks RBC for Supporting Outdoor Educationhttps://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/Pages/Thanks-RBC-for-Supporting-Outdoor-Education.aspx12/18/2020 2:22:33 PMLSCF Thanks RBC for Supporting Outdoor Education<p style="text-align:center;">​​​​​​<img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/Forms/EditForm/Tech%20in%20Nature%20photo.jpg" alt="Tech in Nature photo.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:1075px;height:477px;" /><br></p><p> <img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/Forms/EditForm/RBCFND_LogoDes_B_V_rgbPE.jpg" alt="RBCFND_LogoDes_B_V_rgbPE.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 15px;width:170px;height:186px;" /> </p><p>COVID-19 has revealed just how important time spent outside is for our mental and physical well-being. Time in nature also inspires kids to help take care of it.<br></p><h1> <span class="ms-rteStyle-Accent2">RBC Partners with LSCF to Launch New Tech for Nature Initiative​<br></span></h1><p>LSCF and LSRCA are thrilled to partner with the <a href="https://www.rbc.com/community-social-impact/environment/environmental-donations.html">RBC Foundation through their Tech for Nature</a> funding program. Through their support, children and adults can explore the outdoors for engaging, inspiring and outstanding educational experiences designed for the new digital world.<br></p><p>Thanks to RBC's generous support, LSRCA's amazing outdoor education team now offers their innovative training and resources online for educators looking to take student learning outdoors. Tech tools like iPads help <a href="https://www.lsrca.on.ca/Pages/Forest-School.aspx">Forest School​</a> children learn about fish species at Scanlon Creek and secondary students used the Seek app by iNaturalist to identify tree species in their own neighbourhoods.<br></p><p>In addition, LSRCA now proudly offers <a href="https://www.lsrca.on.ca/education/online-learning">virtual programming</a> and interactive digital resources to families so they can learn about animals in their community and get outside exploring.<br></p><p>" I am so grateful for the support that RBC has provided through the Tech for Nature grant. It has enabled our team to continue to develop and deliver engaging education programs which serve to connect our students with their natural environment. It is this critical connection that ultimately leads to action towards a sustainable future for all ", says Nicole Hamley, LSRCA Education Manager.<br></p><h3>Thank You RBC Foundation!​<br></h3><p>Get Connected to Outdoor Education Today!<br></p><p>​Your generous support is always appreciated for <a href="https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/LakeSimcoeConservationFound/OnlineGiving.html">Outdoor Education​</a> as well as our new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek via the <a href="https://scanloncreek.ca/">Connect Campaign</a>. Please give if you can.​<span style="font-size:0.875rem;">​</span></p>
LSCF launches Give a Little Green Campaign with Mini Documentaryhttps://www.lakesimcoefoundation.ca/Pages/LSCF-launches-Give-a-Little-Green-Campaign-with-Mini-Documentary.aspx12/17/2020 10:47:30 PMLSCF launches Give a Little Green Campaign with Mini Documentary<h1>​​Give a Little Green this Holiday Season<br></h1><h2>LSCF launches fundraising campaign with Mini Documentary<img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/Holiday-Giving/Give%20a%20Little%20Green.png" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px 20px;width:356px;" /><br></h2><p>It's no secret that 2020 is a year unlike any other and one that most of us would like to forget. But dark clouds often bring silver linings, and bad experiences can teach us powerful lessons, like the importance of a healthy natural environment to our own physical and mental well-being. This Holiday Season, Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation invites you to “<a href="https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/givealittlegreen2020">Give a Little Green​</a>" for a sustainable and healthy Lake Simcoe for future generations. </p><p>The “<a href="https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/givealittlegreen2020">Give a Little Green</a>" campaign's goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of 2020 to solidify Foundation support for LSRCA programs and projects. In the last five years, the Foundation has supported over 60 programs and projects in the Lake Simcoe watershed to help improve the local environment. The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0ipx4aQkdg&t=4s">mini documentary</a> showcases six of these projects/programs, all while taking in stunning views of the Lake. The projects featured include:<br></p><ul><li>Aquatic plant monitoring (weeds!) in Lake Simcoe </li><li>Reducing surface water run-off at Goodyear Farm in Beaverton </li><li>Meadow restoration project at Rogers Reservoir in East Gwillimbury</li><li>Fish barrier removal project at Sheppard's Bush in Aurora </li><li>Forest School at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area </li><li>Online pond removal at Pangman Springs in Whitchurch-Stoufville </li></ul><p>“The Foundation has been an extremely important partner to the Authority for years. They raise money for us to do projects and to keep our educational programs going. They are essential."  - Mike Walters, CAO, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.<span style="font-size:0.875rem;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:0.875rem;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0ipx4aQkdg&t=4s"><img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/LSCF-launches-Give-a-Little-Green-Campaign-with-Mini-Documentary/Video%20Still%205_with%20play%20button.jpg" alt="Video Still 5_with play button.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:1122px;" /></a><br></span></p><p>“I think we can all agree that 2020 is a year that we'd like to all forget. So many charities have had financial challenges like never before due to the pandemic. However, one thing to come out of this is the realization that nature is so important to our well-being and will be vital in our recovery from COVID-19." Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director, LSCF<br></p><p><a href="https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/givealittlegreen2020">​Give a Little Green Campaign</a><br></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0ipx4aQkdg&t=4s">Mini Documentary on YouTube</a></p><p><span style="font-size:0.875rem;">F</span><span style="font-size:0.875rem;">or more information please contact Cheryl Taylor, LSCF Executive Director | c.taylor@lsrca.on.ca | 905-895-1281 X310 | Mobile: 416-453-6054 </span></p>