David Turton re-elected as board chair of Maitland Conservation

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WROXETER – The Maitland Conservation (MC) annual general meeting on Feb. 17 included the election of officers for 2021.

David Turton, deputy mayor of the Town of Minto, was re-elected for another term as board chair. Turton represents Minto, Wellington North and Mapleton on the board.

Matt Duncan, councillor in the Municipality of North Perth, was re-elected vice-chair. Megan Gibson, councillor in the Township of Howick, was elected second vice-chair.

Turton opened the meeting saying, “While we won’t be holding any type of formal celebration this year, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Falls Reserve Conservation Area that we had originally planned to do last year.”

Turton thanked the surrounding municipalities for their ongoing support.

“It has taken MVCA 25 years to build our resources back to the level that we had in 1995,” he said.

“However, we still have to build more resources to stabilize our budget to deal with the challenges we face. It is thanks to the support of our member municipalities that we have been able to build back. We appreciate your support.”

The focus of the meeting was on how the Conservation Authority can support the Maitland Conservation Foundation (MCF) with fundraising efforts related to Conservation Areas and stewardship initiatives.

The MCF works in partnership with MC to raise funds for watershed projects. The Foundation is a registered, charitable organization that a volunteer Board of Directors leads, currently chaired by Kriss Snell.

The MCF has been raising funds for significant local projects since its incorporation in 1975.

The fundraising campaign will focus on Middle Maitland Headwaters Restoration Project, Watershed Resiliency Project, and Conservation Area Improvements.

Several guests provided remarks during the meeting, including Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb, County of Huron Warden Glen McNeil, Howick Reeve Doug Harding, Mapleton Mayor Gregg Davidson, and Jane McKelvie, representing Perth-Wellington MP John Nater.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times