Freshwater Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by Dennis Minty)

Freshwater Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by Dennis Minty)

Sisters’ groups and Patten Family Foundation commit $100,000 to Freshwater Bay project

October 10, 2018
St. John's, NL


Efforts to conserve an important coastal site on the Avalon Peninsula are getting a big boost.

Efforts to conserve an important coastal site on the Avalon Peninsula are getting a big boost.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Freshwater Bay conservation project has received $100,000 in donations from three major donors: the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland, the Presentation Sisters and the Patten Family Foundation. The Patten Family Foundation has committed $50,000, and the Sisters’ organizations have committed $25,000 each to the conservation project.

The Crosbie Group Limited offered to donate the 243-acre (98-hectare) property in Freshwater Bay to NCC for habitat conservation and for use as a hiking and recreation destination. A popular section of the East Coast Trail — Deadman’s Bay Path —-runs through the spectacular property, on the way to Cape Spear.

Although the land will be donated, NCC is raising funds to help care for the property over the long term and carry out necessary biological inventories, land surveys and appraisals. In addition to donations already received, NCC is still seeking approximately $235,000 to complete the project. All contributions are eligible for a charitable receipt as the Nature Conservancy of Canada is a registered charity.

"We are thrilled to be closer to conserving this beautiful forested property — thanks to the generosity of the Presentation Sisters, the Sisters of Mercy and the Patten Family Foundation," said Megan Lafferty, Nature Conservancy of Canada program director in Newfoundland and Labrador. "At NCC, we are also grateful for the donations we are receiving from individuals. Whether it’s $20 or $2,000, every contribution makes a difference. We are continuing to fundraise for this project and hope to announce its successful completion by early next year."

The commitments from the Patten Family Foundation, Sisters of Mercy and Presentation Sisters are the largest local donations NCC has received for the Freshwater Bay project to date.

"The Patten Family Foundation is pleased to be part of the conservation of Freshwater Bay," said Robert Patten in a written statement. "This conservation site, on the Avalon Peninsula coastline, is minutes from where many of us live. We hope the protection of this scenic space will allow its beauty to be enjoyed by generations of our family and by the people of our province for many years to come."

"We are pleased to become part of the network of members of the St. John’s community, led by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, to conserve and steward this land," said Sister Elizabeth Davis, with the Sisters of Mercy. "In so doing, we are taking leadership responsibility and becoming more accountable for doing what is right and good for the protection of Earth. We extend deep gratitude to the Nature Conservancy of Canada for giving us the privilege of participating in an endeavour that strengthens this place that holds fast our hearts."

"As members of a global congregation that spans 23 countries, Presentation Sisters worldwide have pledged to respond to the cry of Earth," said Sister Betty Rae Lee. "As we honour our commitment to walk lightly on Earth, the Presentation Sisters of Newfoundland and Labrador are honoured to partner with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to preserve this beautiful space for the benefit of future generations."

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been working in Newfoundland and Labrador since 1996, helping to conserve more than 13,500 acres (5,463 hectares) of ecologically significant land. Other NCC projects on the Avalon Peninsula can be found in Torbay, Maddox Cove and the Salmonier area.

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