Happy Holidays from Joan

Dear Friends,

As we approach the holiday season, I look back on a successful year for the Foundation with many exciting prospects ahead as we move into 2014. For myself, the year-end holds even more significance as I prepare for retirement after over 40 years in Ontario’s environmental, energy and conservation movement; 26 of which have been spent in my hometown with the Hamilton Conservation Authority and the Conservation Foundation.

As testament to the importance of living and learning in the outdoors, I look to my childhood skating on Twenty Mile Creek; family camping trips and ocean retreats, and a summer with Junior Conservationists, for creating a passion and commitment to conservation.

red berries in snow

Thus began a lifelong career “selling” Ontario’s Conservation Authority movement; marketing outdoor recreation and trails, waterfalls and Westfield; raising funds to make it happen, and most importantly championing environmental education for all ages.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who support the important work of both the Conservation Authority and Foundation; and to my friends and colleagues and our partners, volunteers and donors I extend many, many thanks. It has been a wonderful career.

As a generous donor recently told me “You’re not moving out of Canada are you? No, then you’re not done yet! We will meet again.”

May the new year give you what makes you happy and keeps you healthy.


Joan Bell
Executive Director