I’ll admit that I’ve avoided writing this letter for some time now. I’m sitting her in Algoma Highlands Conservancy’s office with its big picture windows overlooking Stokely Creek, surrounded by mature maple forest, thinking, “How did I get so lucky to work here?”. I informed the Board back in May of my plans to move to Alaska and the time has come for me to leave. I’m not a very creative writer, so I don’t feel I can adequately describe how amazing these past 5 years have been. My husband and I jokingly say to each other, “Words are tough” whenever one of us stumbles verbally. Boy, he would love seeing me squirm right about now!
Working for the AHC has challenged me from the very beginning, which was back in December 2009. My background was almost purely natural resources research and fieldwork, so I’ll never forget how incompetent and overwhelmed I felt when one of my first tasks was to write a grant proposal. I’ll also never forget how elated and proud I felt when that proposal was approved! That rewarding experience has happened to me over and over again with the AHC. Working for a small non-profit organization often involves an “all encompassing” job description, from office administration/project management, to fieldwork and fundraising. Never a dull moment! The AHC is a wonderful community-driven entity. The land we protect is open for the public to enjoy and everything we do is for the betterment of current and future generations. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
I want to take a moment to thank all of the AHC supporters (including our advocates, volunteers and donors). Without you, there would be no AHC, plain and simple. Seeing, firsthand, the generosity and passion in so many of you has made me a better person, and I’ll be eternally grateful for that! I want to thank the Board of Directors for always keeping me busy and never failing to make me feel appreciated. I specifically want to thank my mentor and friend, Board member Dean Thompson, for being there to help me succeed no matter how full his plate was!
The Algoma Highlands Conservancy will always hold a special place in my heart. I plan to stay involved and help out in what ever way I can (remotely) as a Board member beginning in the New Year.