SNC holds 75th birthday party

By Christopher Smith - EAP
SNC holds 75th birthday party
Over 150 people attended the South Nation Conversation (SNC)’s 75th anniversary. —supplied photo (Photo : Éditions André Paquette)

South Nation Conversation (SNC) celebrated a belated 75th anniversary at its Finch headquarters.

The SNC has been a leader of natural resource management in Eastern Ontario since 1947, and on June 15, it celebrated a belated 75th anniversary. Over 150 people from throughout the region attended the outdoor event, which opened with remarks from several community leaders, including Larry McDermott from Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, Russell Township Mayor Pierre Leroux, City of Ottawa Councillor Catherine Kitts, and General Manager of Conservation Ontario Angela Coleman.

“We were also pleased to welcome Angela Coleman, or former General Manager, back home to Finch to hear about her new leadership with Conservation Ontario and to thank her for her 20-year career at SNC,” said John Mesman, host of the event and Managing Director, Property, Conservation Lands, and Community Outreach. “It was incredible to see such strong support for SNC’s programs and services and to hear from our municipal partners on their experiences with SNC’s work through the decades.”

“It is great to be back in Finch to celebrate SNC and this important milestone,” said Coleman. “The work that SNC continues to do for Eastern Ontario is essential for the health and future prosperity of the local environment. The lands they maintain help form a Living Natural Legacy for our region.”

Since being established by the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario in 1947, the SNC has worked on behalf of 16 member municipalities in Eastern Ontario to protect the environment and get people involved in what goes on with the land they live on. Clean water projects, tree planting, and preventing environmental disasters like erosion and flooding are just some of the things the SNC has done over the years.

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