New Board of Directors Announced

For Immediate Release


Leading Canadian Environmental Charity, the Bruce Trail Conservancy announces its new Board of Directors


[Hamilton, October 9, 2013]
The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Janice McClelland to President of the BTC.


Speaking with regard to the BTC's mandate of establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, Ms. McClelland noted "In a year when carbon dioxide levels passed a feared milestone, it is a good challenge to be leading a team with the goal of conserving and preserving an additional 5,000 acres of land along the Bruce Trail in order to protect the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, essentially the ‘lungs' of southern Ontario."


Ms. McClelland has contributed in a volunteer capacity on the Executive and Board of Directors of the BTC and with the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club, one of 9 Bruce Trail Clubs that make up the grassroots elements of the organization.


Ms. McClelland, who became involved as a recreational hiker in 1986 and as a volunteer in 1999, states, "I am constantly amazed, humbled and energized by the commitment that supporters of the Bruce Trail Conservancy consistently demonstrate.  From hike leaders, to trail workers, to our Board of Directors, all are dedicated to moving our mission and conservation efforts forward.  I am honoured to be part of this dynamic, strategic and effective organization that maintains close to 900 km of main trail between Niagara and Tobermory, over 400 km of Side Trails and stewards over 8,416 acres (3,406 ha) of Escarpment land."


The 2013-2014 Bruce Trail Conservancy Board of Directors is as follows:
*  Lynn Allen (At Large)
*  Roger Beach (Treasurer)
*  Warren Bell (Executive Vice President)
*  Walter Brewer (Peninsula Club)
*  Marlis Butcher (At Large)
*  John Grandy (At Large)
*  Jean Kerins (Caledon Club)
*  Peter Leeney (Toronto Club)
*  Janice McClelland (President)
*  Bruce Price (At Large)
*  Connie Reeve (At Large)
*  Don Richards (Sydenham Club)
*  Malcolm Sanderson (Secretary)
*  Trudy Senesi (Niagara Club)
*  Marietta Service (Blue Mountains Club)
*  Isabelle Sheardown (Dufferin Hi-Land Club)
*  Jill Smith-Brodie (Beaver Valley Club)
*  Paul Toffoletti (Iroquoia Club)
*  Jim Ugulini (At Large)




Beth Gilhespy, Executive Director of The Bruce Trail Conservancy reflected on the year ahead, "The work of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is becoming more sophisticated and challenging. The efforts of our Board reflect this new environment. In real terms the BTC's Board of Directors is providing strategic leadership and vision, enabling the BTC to achieve major conservation successes for the people of Ontario".


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About The Bruce Trail Conservancy
The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

In 2013 The Bruce Trail Conservancy was named a top Canadian environmental charity by Charity Intelligence - read the full report here: www.charityintelligence.ca/environmental-charities

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