Message from Executive Director Jennifer Cross

Dear friends,

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.
Sincerely,
Jen Cross Signature

5 Comments on “Message from Executive Director Jennifer Cross

    • Hi Lisa,

      Just looking at the AHC website and decide to read Jennifer’s farewell speech and there you were Lisa Schuyler. I can’t believe you are now in Dawson City.. How cool is that! Just wanted to say Hi and good luck in the Yukon. Eh, you never know you might strike rich when panning for gold. Derek

  1. Jennifer, the Algoma Highlands Conservancy can never encapsulate, in a simple message, the full value you have provided to our organization. Your multiple efforts represent a shining example that we hope others working with the conservancy will aspire to. Your contributions were truly critical to keeping the AHC alive and vibrant over the last five years. You flourished in your position both as executive director and as a conservation biologist and we are confident that the AHC benefit from your longstanding dedication for years to come. We hope that this experience will benefit you as well in any endeavor you wish to pursue. We were honored to have you as a member of our team and wish you only the best in the years to come. When we first received word of your new adventure, we really wondered how the AHC would be able to cope without you. Although all things change, we truly wished that you could have stayed much longer with us. You made quite an impact on us here both organizationally and personally. The strong foundation you have laid will be of great benefit for anyone coming in behind you, and the AHC looks forward to continuing on your notable work. The fact that you still remain involved with the AHC even from as far away as Alaska, speaks to your personal dedication to all things AHC, as well as our the exceedingly high value we place on your continued contributions. Thank you so much for all the things you have done to make the AHC a continuing success story on so many fronts. We wish you and Rob all the very best in your new habitat and are trying to keep in mind that you aren’t really gone just living farther away.
    It is with sincere appreciation,
    The Algoma Highlands Conservancy Board of Directors

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