Happy New Year to all of our dedicated donors, partners and regional park friends! Similar to our favourite park critters, we’re jumping into 2019 with bright eyes and bushy tails.
For us, January is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the year ahead. We like to start each New Year by reviewing the previous year and setting goals for the future. Reflection and review help us to strengthen our mandate and ensure that the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks system – which now includes 22 regional parks, 2 ecological conservancy areas, 3 regional park reserves and 5 regional greenways remains healthy and strong for future generations.
In 2018 Pacific Parklands Foundation was involved in many projects and events including the continued growth of the Bus Grant Program, the distribution of scholarships and bursaries to young environmental leaders, the administration of the George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program (a program that has granted over $72,000 to 12 park projects since its inception in 2016!), and much more.
What’s in store for 2019?
Although we’ve got lots of exciting plans, we’ve narrowed our list to 3 key goals that will guide our year.
1). Connect more people to nature by continuing to expand the Bus Grant Program – to date, the program has connected over 1,400 individuals to regional parks;
2). Extend our reach and heighten our communications strategy so that the regional parks community has a clear understanding of who we are and what we do;
3). Enhance wildlife conservation projects by assisting our park partners with fundraising. We’re currently raising money for important bat monitoring equipment so that the Burke Mountain Naturalists can increase their understanding of local bat populations.
We’re $1000 away from reaching our fundraising goal of $3,000. Help us reach our goal and give bats a fighting chance by donating today.
Thank you to everyone that has supported our work during the past year. We look forward to working with you again in 2019 to further the conservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver’s regional parks.