The Lake Erie North Shore Landowners Association (LENSLA) held its second annual
general meeting Tuesday evening at Port Stanley’s Royal Canadian Legion. The dinner
meeting was attended by about fifty people. LENSLA is a group individuals with properties
along Elgin County’s Lake Erie Shoreline who share an interest in good stewardship
of the land.
The highlight of the meeting was a presentation from Bryan Gilvesy, the CEO of ALUS
Canada (Alternative Land Use Services Program). ALUS Canada is a national, not-for-profit
organization that provides financial incentives for producing ecological services
on Canadian farmland. Bryan’s topic was Building stewardship through Partnerships,
Funding and Projects. He provided an overview of ALUS’s 11-year history and the
guiding principles and organizational structures that have proven to be effective.
Recommendations included, taking control of the organizations destiny; building
a constituency; creating a brand that survives; proceeding with respect; building
support one person at a time; creating value and sharing it; and collaborating.
Following the keynote address, LENSLA held its election for the coming year’s executive.
Kyle Cronk was re-elected President. Dominique Giguère was elected as First Vice
President and Jed DeCory was re-elected Second Vice President. The Secretary-Treasurer
position is temporarily open, but Dominique Giguère, who had that position, will
continue as the acting Secretary-Treasurer until a replacement is elected.
The executive reviewed highlights from the Annual Report and provided updates on
recent activities. The members then divided into small groups to discuss goals and
funding for the coming year before reconvening to share some of those ideas with
the entire group.
LENSLA can be contacted at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 550-1822.