Wanted: New volunteers for committees

We have room for four new members of our board of directors this year, starting in May. The board meets once per month, usually the third Tuesday of the month at our office in Marshfield. Board members are collectively responsible for setting the priorities for the organization. Individual board members take on tasks that meet their skill set and interests.

Having a diverse array of skills and personal perspectives is valuable to our board. As long as you support the mandate of our organization “to protect and enhance the health and aesthetic qualities of the Winter River – Tracadie Bay watershed” you are welcome to join.

We are also exploring a youth committee, that will meet separately from the regular board. This committee would tackle less of the formal stuff (bylaws, finances, government relations) and handle tasks where younger people may excel – communicating our message by social media, recruiting volunteers for events, finding creative sources of funding, and coming up with innovative solutions to problems.

Please contact Sarah, our watershed coordinator, and former youngest member of the board of directors to get more information.

info@WinterTracadie.ca or 902-314-9293

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We are now a registered charity!

After a lot of paperwork, we have become a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency. If you would like to make a donation, we have created a page with links so you can easily do so – which will help our organization and reduce the amount of taxes you pay.

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Volunteer appreciation

National Volunteer Week 2016 is April 10-16, so here is a little word art showing some of the many ways that our great volunteers help out.

thank you word art v2

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Volunteer Events

Tree planting

  • June 13 at the Brackley Commons park (14 Union Road) from 10am until noon.
  • June 20 at the old Grand Tracadie school (16 Harbour Road) from 10am until noon.

At our tree planting events we will have snacks & drinks, trees & tools. We will also have some trees available for people to take home and plant where they like.

More information in a printable version: Walmart evergreen flyer

Shoreline Clean-up

In partnership with the Aquaculture Alliance we will be cleaning the shore around Tracadie Bay between June 25 and 27. Organize your own clean-up crew, our join in with our summer students when they head out.

A dedicated Waste Watch drop-off bin for clean-up wastes will be at the wharf in Tracadie.

Further details will be posted here as they are finalized.

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Upcoming Events

May 26

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 26th, from 7 to 9pm at the Corran Ban Hall (located at 1231 Route 6).

Our guest speaker for the evening will be John Jamieson, Executive Director of the PEI Federation of Agriculture. The title of John’s presentation will be “Engaging Farmers, Empowering Watersheds.”

Update: John Jamieson, has just been appointed as Deputy Minister with the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries effective May 25. As a result, we will be without a guest speaker this evening.

We welcome everyone to attend. We will have snacks, drinks, and free shower heads too!

June 6

We are having our annual spring hike this year on Saturday June 6th. We hope to find some Lady’s Slippers in bloom, even with this late spring.

Meet at the trail head at the end of the East Suffolk Road at 10am for a guided walk of the Winter River Trail.

June 10

Workshop on Nutrient Management for homeowners and aquaculture operators: 7pm at York Community Centre. Learn how you can help prevent problems associated with too much nitrate in the environment, such as techniques for maintenance of your septic system and lawn management. For Aquaculture operators, how does the nutrient loading of our groundwater effect your operations? What is the current situation in Tracadie Bay with the new opening to the bay? We will be offering free nitrate testing of your water. Sample collection bottles are available at our May 26th AGM, any Access PEI location, or by calling 902-314-9293.

Here is a link for instructions on how to properly collect a sample for water analysis: http://www.gov.pe.ca/environment/index.php3?number=1038048&lang=E  (just follow the first three steps for our event).

Guest speaker list:

  • Aquaculture: Aaron Ramsay, PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Septic systems: Morley Foy, PEI Department of Communities, Land, and Environment
  • Impact on Estuaries: Bruce Raymond, PEI Department of Communities, Land, and Environment

June 13

Volunteer tree planting event in the Brackley Commons park (14 Union Road) from 10am until noon.

 

June 20

Volunteer tree planting event at the old Grand Tracadie school (16 Harbour Road) from 10am until noon.

 

At our tree planting events we will have snacks & drinks, trees & tools. We will even have some trees available for people to plant at their homes within the watershed.

More information in a printable flyer: Walmart evergreen flyer

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Volunteer opportunity!

This Sunday, October 26th, we will be installing a gabion basket to prevent bank erosion on the Winter River. We will be meeting at Tim’s Creek (off the Suffolk Road) at 1pm. Should only take a couple of hours. BBQ to follow, so bring a friend.

Email info@WinterTracadie.ca for directions or more information.

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Volunteers needed this summer

Help us out by chatting with your neighbours about the watershed.

This summer we are planning to have staff and volunteers visit every household in the watershed as part of an information campaign, to increase awareness of our group and the issues we face, and also to build our membership. We have created a series of brochures to give interested residents about a variety of topics that are important to us.

Any participation level is appreciated – you can just visit your immediate neighbours or road, or take on a larger area. You can also make the visits whenever it fits your schedule.

Email us for more information: info@WinterTracadie.ca

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