Nature Conservancy of Canada pleased with senate appointment of long-time volunteer, PEI program director Diane Griffin
The Nature Conservancy of Canada commends today’s announcement that Diane Griffin of Stratford is being appointed to Canada’s Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Griffin has been involved with the Nature Conservancy of Canada since 1999, presently serving as a volunteer member on the Atlantic province’s Board of Directors. Previously she was a member of the NCC’s National Board of Directors. She was also NCC’s program director on Prince Edward Island from 2009 to 2013.
The Vice President of Regional Operations with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Linda Stephenson, says Griffin has worked closely with willing private land owners to donate or sell their properties to NCC. Her ability to build relationships is reflected in conservation achievements that can be seen province-wide.
“People who know Diane will recognize her fingerprints on conservation successes at Boughton Island, Basin Head, Greenwich Dunes, Conway Sandhills, Abrams Village, St. Peters Lake Run and Harbour, Governors Island, Holman’s Island, and Reynolds and Thomas Island just to name a few,” said Stephenson. “Diane Griffin has made lifelong contributions towards conserving special areas across the country and on Prince Edward Island.”
NCC’s Senior Vice-President, New Conservation Strategies, Michael Bradstreet, says Griffin's selection is fitting recognition given her passion to protect wilderness areas and sensitive coastlines for wildlife but also for recreational use.
“I have worked and collaborated with Diane Griffin for over 30 years. She is fun-loving, smart, co-operative, successful, gentle and determined and has made an indelible mark on lands that are now protected for nature and generations of Islanders to enjoy,” said Bradstreet. “Diane will make a strong contribution to public policy and bring a welcome perspective to Ottawa given the ongoing discussions on how to help our communities adapt to climate change”.
Griffin is a biologist, naturalist and a respected authority on birding. She and her husband Kevin have lived in Stratford for many years, where is serving her fourth term on the Town Council.
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