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Meet a Board Member: Jim Gendron

Posted January 11, 2021 by LSC

Get to know the people behind LSC

Successful organizations don’t just happen – they are created, nurtured and guided by people. Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) is fortunate to have a strategic, innovative and forward-thinking Board of Directors that positions us as a leader in the field of environmental stewardship. Today, we introduce you to another one of the committed individuals who is part of the team that governs the organization. Meet long-standing board member Jim Gendron.

Jim Gendron’s interest in park planning and open space management was first ignited during his time at Macdonald College of McGill University, where he majored in renewable resource management. This interest followed Jim into his professional career working as a park planner in Prince Edward Island, then a tenure with Alberta Recreation & Parks, followed by several years working at Alberta Energy and Natural Resources.

“All of these experiences contributed to an applied interest in natural resource management and I developed an aptitude for park management, policy and programming,” shares Jim, who is currently the principal at LTG Consulting.

He decided to share his talents and experience with the non-profit sector and became a director on the board of Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) in 2005.

“I was offered the opportunity to join LSC. I liked what the organization stood for and the programs that were both underway and being proposed,” says Jim. “I definitely thought, and still feel, that it’s a valuable organization to volunteer with.”

Jim has served on the LSC board for 15 years and he is currently chair. Through his steadfast commitment and assistance with board recruitment and community engagement, Jim has enabled LSC to thrive and navigate various challenges throughout the years. He views time spent volunteering as a great experience and sees LSC’s innovative shared-services partnerships with the Beaver Hills Biosphere and EcoServices Network as an opportunity to build on mutual strengths to create success.

“It’s the mix of skills and diversity of thought among board members and the excellent administrative leadership provided by our Executive Director, Brian Ilnicki and the LSC staff which make LSC such a great organization to volunteer with,” Jim offers.

Jim has demonstrated a long-term commitment to LSC but he also serves in other capacities to better his community, including volunteering on the board of Infill Development in Edmonton Association and the Finance Sub-committee of the Board of Governors for Concordia University of Edmonton.

We appreciate all that Jim has done for Land Stewardship Centre and all who give their time and talents in assisting non-profits thrive, especially amid these challenging times.

Learn more about our Board of Directors

Green Acreages: Taking Learning to a New Level

Posted November 10, 2020 by LSC

Central to our efforts this year was the ability to deliver virtual Green Acreages workshops.

Since spring, we delivered eight virtual Green Acreages workshops to more than 120 acreage owners in partnership with workshop hosts Brazeau County, Clearwater County, Mountain View County, Rocky View County, Red Deer County, Parkland County, Lac Ste. Anne County and Sturgeon County.

At these virtual workshops, participants learned how they can better manage and improve their properties by evaluating and mapping property assets and planning meaningful stewardship activities. Attendees also learned about municipal support programs, how to access funding to help with stewardship projects and they received a copy of the comprehensive Green Acreages workbook, compliments of the hosting municipality.

Here’s what some Green Acreages workshop participants had to say:

“[The workshop] helped me figure out how to identify and achieve my goals for my property,” Clearwater County resident.

“The idea that, as acreage owners, we are stewards of the land is now more clear to me,” Rocky View County resident.

“The Green Acreages workbook is a great source of information. It was interesting to hear about other people’s plans for their acreages,” Brazeau County resident.

“The Green Acreages workbook provides a solid foundation for us to steward our property,” Red Deer County resident.

Missed a workshop?

Reach out to Milena McWatt, Green Acreages Program Coordinator, who will be happy to talk with you about your acreage stewardship journey. You can also purchase the Green Acreages workbook through our online store.

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