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10
May

A Look Back at 2017

Sometimes our work isn’t all parks and plants, but instead business and boards.  Pacific Parklands Foundation is a registered Canadian charity (889353017RR0001) following CRA guidelines which require an annual report. We use our annual report to show you how you’ve made a difference in our regional parks. You did A LOT last year!  Read all about it in our 2017 Annual Report.

You’re probably wondering why we’re presenting our 2017 Annual Report in the spring of 2018.  It’s not because we took a 5-month holiday and it’s certainly not because we’re slow, it’s because of the discrepancies between our fiscal year and the calendar year.

Let’s get down to the basics

Do you know the difference between a fiscal year and a calendar year?  All organizations follow a fiscal year, which may or may not line up with the calendar year (January – December).  This means that their financial reporting has a set date.  Pacific Parklands Foundation’s fiscal year runs from October 1st – September 30th.  Although we review our financials and annual progress in the fall, it often doesn’t get shared until the spring when we host our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Still following?  We know business can be dry – the good stuff is coming!  Our AGM brings together our board of directors and we use the meeting to update the board on the previous fiscal year, review any organizational changes, and present our annual report before distributing it to you.  This means that spring is often a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future.  So what happened in 2017?

How did YOU make a difference in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks?

The Foundation had a successful year with many exciting events, including substantial growth in our Bus Grant Program (shout out to our new partners, YVR!).  Since the programs launch in the spring of 2017, we have connected 600+ people who face barriers to regional parks.

We were sad to say goodbye to a handful of long-standing board members, including Gaëtan Royer, Dr. Mordehai Wosk, Mel Kositsky and Tamara Taggart, but we also welcomed the exciting arrival of a new board member, Eleanor O’Connor.

In terms of fundraising, 2017 was a big year for grants.  We applied for 21 grants in total, and received $105,000 from successful applications.  Some of these grants allowed us to expand existing programs, like EcoBlitz.

A successful $10,000 grant from the Sitka Foundation allowed us to support the expansion of EcoBlitz to two new parks (Boundary Bay and Iona Beach) and a new habitat type, Coastal Sand Ecosystems.

EcoBlitz volunteers planting Dune grass at Iona Beach

Want to hear more?  Read our 2017 Annual Report here!

Prefer a hard copy?  No problem!  Send your name and mailing address to brynn@pacificparklands.com and we’ll send you one in the mail.

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