Guest letter from the editor

John Lounds (Photo by Mike Ford)

John Lounds (Photo by Mike Ford)

Dear friends,

As I write this, I am very aware of the first signs of spring in my garden. The days are a little longer, and I can hear the birds that have returned early. I would usually be encouraging you to get out and celebrate spring. But this year is different.

The global impact of COVID-19 has changed everything. This spring I find myself asking you to do something I could never have imagined: stay home. Postpone your visit to a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) conservation project or trail, as we work together to keep our communities safe. 

The health and well-being of our NCC community – our staff, our volunteers and supporters – is our number one priority. Our offices are now closed, and our public events, including the Conservation Volunteers program, have been postponed until further notice. I want to assure you, however that your gifts are still working hard protecting Canada’s species and natural spaces. Our staff are learning new ways to work remotely to make sure our vital mission continues. I am inspired by their ingenuity.

While COVID-19 remains a threat, I urge you to enjoy nature virtually through our Google Trekker hikes. In the weeks to come, we'll offer you ways to connect with nature from the safety of your home, balcony or backyard.

Thank you for your continued support. The stories of restoration in this magazine demonstrate that we are still doing amazing things together. We know nature is important in our lives and good for our health and happiness. I look forward to celebrating a return to nature with you, just as soon as we can all do so safely.

Take care of each other,

John Lounds
President & CEO

PS – Watch our website for updates as the situation changes.

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