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Meet our New Team Members!

In 2019-2020, the SCCA underwent strategic planning, governance training and a management transition. The goal of this transition is to revitalize our organization and ensure the SCCA efficiently and effectively achieves its mandate to protect biodiversity on the Sunshine Coast.

In the fall of 2020, the SCCA hired Suzanne Senger as our new Executive Director. An experienced NGO leader with the skills and expertise to develop capacity and resources, campaigns and projects, Suzanne will guide the SCCA to meet its conservation mandate going forward. As well, the SCCA has hired Holly Neate, as our new Administrator. Holly too brings non-profit, administrative, organizing and networking experience to her role with the SCCA. 

Suzanne and Holly will work closely with our experienced Board of Directors to support the SCCA mission to preserve the natural biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast Region for the present and future benefit of all life, and raise public environmental and conservation awareness. 

Contact

Suzanne Senger, Executive Director executive@thescca.ca 

Holly Neate, Administrator info@thescca.ca  

About the SCCA Team 

2021 marks the last year of the federally $1.5B funded, nation-wide Oceans Protection Plan (OPP). Dianne Sanford and Angela Kroning, from the SCCA Marine Committee, attended the 7th Pacific Dialogue Forum held virtually Feb 17-19th to learn of the progress made on the initiatives relating to the creation of a world-leading marine safety program and to the restoration and protection of marine ecosystems.

They were able to attend and ask questions at 16 sessions, ranging from the collection of marine bird and shorelines baseline data in northern BC and the reducing threats to marine mammals, to the effects of climate change on coastal hazards and some nature-based solutions. On the second day, the federal government provided examples of successful initiatives established with Indigenous partnerships (one of the four pillars of the OPP) such as the pilot Safe Distance Offshore Shipping Program co-chaired between Haida Gwaii and Transport Canada. The last day focused on responsive planning for oil spills, specifically on the advances in oil spill science nationally and internationally. Participants were also invited to provide input in Environment & Climate Change Canada’s environmental emergency policy involving a ship-source oil spill.

Summaries, evaluations, and conclusions reached by the attendees will be detailed in an upcoming report later in March.

Information on OPP accomplishments to date: https://tc.canada.ca/en/initiatives/oceans-protection-plan/report-canadians-investing-our-coasts-through-oceans-protection-plan

Dear Friends,

On December 31st, 2020 the SCCA was informed by citizens of Gibsons that trees had been cut down in the sensitive forest area on Gospel Rock, Block 7.

We walked the property on January 2nd and 3rd, 2021 and documented a freshly cut swath of the sensitive ecosystem along the eastern edge of the property.

On Monday January 4, 2021 we learned from the Town of Gibsons that this cutting took place on December 18th and the Town issued a Stop Work Order on December 21, 2020. Tree cutting cannot resume on Block 7 until the Town lifts the Stop Work Order.

It is critical that the Stop Work Order be kept in place until the remaining forest is legally protected and reparation addressed.

We’ve spent the better part of the last week trying determine what happened here, whether this cutting will affect our conservation covenant agreement, and how to proceed from here.

We don’t have clear answers for you right now but we will certainly update you as we learn more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@thescca.ca

You're invited to join our SCCA team for our very first online AGM!

When: Thursday, June 25th from 5 to 6 pm.
Where: Online through Zoom!
Click this link to join the meeting on June 25th.
Or call 778.907.2071.

Meeting ID: 942 9144 2968.
Password: 690590

Join us to learn what we've been up to since we last met, what we're currently working on and what initiatives we're looking forward to advancing over the coming year. Find out about the many ways you can get involved and support our work to preserve the biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast! Download the AGM agenda

You can also see our Chair's Report, the 2019 Financial Statements, and the minutes from our 2019 AGM here.

Membership & Voting: if you were a member in 2019 and would like to have voting privileges at the AGM, please follow this link to renew your membership in advance of the AGM.
NEW members must be in good standing for at least 90 days before the AGM to have voting privileges. To find out your membership status, contact Sarah at: membership@thescca.ca.

Interested in joining the Board? We would love to attract some new Board members to our team, and in particular, we're interested in recruiting a youth director (really, anyone under 30! ;), and are keen to include greater diversity. Contact Naomi, our Program Manager, if you'd like to learn more about joining our team: office@thescca.ca.

Help with Zoom: if you haven't used Zoom yet - never fear, we're here to help! Check out this handy introductory video, and if you still have questions, contact Naomi at the email above and she'll walk you through getting set up.
You can choose to download Zoom and use the application, or simply follow the invitation link to join the meeting through your web browser. You can also call in to join the meeting over the phone.
We highly recommend that you plan to join the meeting at least 10 minutes before we start so that you can adjust your settings and ensure everything is working well.
Note that you do not have to be on video if you don't want to or don't have a camera on your computer.


BC Timber Sales Consultation for 18 cutblocks proposed near Klein, North and Ruby Lakes

BC Timber Sales and Tsain-ko Forest Products are hosting an open public meeting on Thursday June 25th at 6pm via Zoom. This consultation is the public's opportunity to comment on a plan to log ~170 hectares in close proximity to Egmont lakes and recreational trails.
 
Please register to participate in the the meeting by emailing: Forests.ChinookTimberSalesOffice@gov.bc.ca
 
You must register by 3pm on Thursday June 25 and ask to be invited. They will send you a Zoom invitation and link, and you will be able to join by phone, computer or smartphone.
 

The SCCA is seeking a part-time Administrator to join our team.

Our Administrator works together with our Board of Directors and Executive Director to manage administrative duties to support our mission, policies, goals and objectives. See full job description including qualifications here.

Term: four month, part-time, renewable contract
Compensation: Maximum of $1000/month, hourly rate commensurate with experience.

Application Closing Date: August 17, 2020
Interviews will be held: August 20 - 22
Preferred starting date: September 1, 2020

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume with Administrator in the subject line to office@thescca.ca. Only candidates selected for an interview will contacted.

The SCCA is committed to employment equity as an ongoing process. We encourage qualified applicants from underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous persons, racialized communities, persons with disabilities, and members of sexual or gender minority groups. The successful candidate will be required to complete a criminal record check.

 

The SCCA has worked in partnership with the Friends of Gospel Rock Society (FOGRS) to secure protection of ecologically rare and sensitive lands in the Gospel Rock Neighbour Area since 2004. In 2013, The Town of Gibsons adopted the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan, which outlined its commitment to protect over 47% of Block 7, a 44-acre privately owned parcel on Gospel Rock, as a combination of Greenspace and Park. ‘Little Africa’, the ‘Cross Rock’, the forested slopes down to Gower Point Road and the entire waterfront on Block 7 are to be protected. 

In 2018, the SCCA engaged the (new) Block 7 property owner and partnered with The Land Conservancy (TLC) to secure a legal covenant over the proposed conservation area. We worked to create a draft covenant agreement and expected to reach agreement in 2019 but things stalled with the Town of Gibsons.

In recent months the SCCA learned that the Town staffs want to build a multi-use transportation trail through the fragile conservation area as they believe it is required in the 2018 Development Agreement. The SCCA and the property owner were working on the basis that the original Development Agreement trail map was a draft rather than a mandate. The SCCA has always advocated for low-impact pedestrian access on Gospel Rock and the 2019 draft covenant agreement would allow this. The SCCA supports development of a boardwalk trail on the waterside of the road and implementation of traffic calming measures to ensure cyclist safety through this scenic area. We cannot support a multi-use trail through the covenant area. 

The SCCA appeared as a delegation to the Town on May 5, 2020 to initiate dialogue with Gibsons Council on this issue. We are asking Council to amend a 2018 development agreement signed with the property owner to clarify that all trails through the covenant area will be low-impact and pedestrian access only.

Click here for our submission to the Town of Gibsons, and check out the Council meeting video below to see our team in action (from 3:25 - 39:44).

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