Friends of the Greenbelt Board Recruitment: January 2019

Call for Directors

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is currently recruiting two (2) board members. Currently directors of the Foundation also become directors of a related but separate not-for-profit organization, the Greenbelt Fund.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is dedicated to promoting and sustaining the Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature, enhancing the quality of life for all residents of Ontario. Our Board of Directors helps the Foundation realize these goals, ensuring the Foundation’s policies, grants, investment, management, and investment reflect these objectives.

Brief Description of the organization – Foundation and Fund

On February 28, 2005, the Ontario Government established a provincial greenbelt that spans the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. The Greenbelt was formed by adding one million acres of farmland and environmentally sensitive areas to the already protected Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine. Now a world-class model for preservation, Ontario’s Greenbelt is the largest of its kind, spanning almost 2 million acres of protected forest, farmlands, and wetlands.

Shortly after the Greenbelt’s creation, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation was established. As a charitable organization, the Foundation operates independently from government to coordinate and fund activities that bolster the richness of life in and around the Greenbelt. Since 2005, we have invested and leveraged more than $50 million into farming, environmental protection, and tourism projects to make the Greenbelt a great place to live, work, play, and grow.

In 2010, the Greenbelt Fund was created to support the Foundation’s mission of enhancing and supporting agriculture in the Greenbelt and throughout Ontario. The Fund delivers support to farmers and local food leaders to ensure more Ontario food is served and distributed through our public institutions, retail, and foodservice markets including hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities. Helping to overcome challenges and support economic growth, the Fund’s goal is to create systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food consumed in the province through grants, education, policy, and networking initiatives.

Priority Skills, Experience and Background

The Foundation is seeking individuals with professional and other experience related to our primary areas of focus, environment and land use planning, ecology and natural systems, local food and agriculture as well as sustainable tourism and recreation.

Priority will be given to candidates from diverse ethno-cultural or newcomer communities as well as Indigenous groups. We are also particularly interested at this time in candidates with experience and expertise in public affairs and policy, the development sector as well as municipal planning.

Responsibilities and Time Commitment

The Foundation and Fund generally meet four (4) times per year with various committee meetings. Directors are expected to attend regular board meetings as well as participate on a committee. There may also be special sessions during the course of the year for planning, strategy and other matters.

How to apply

The Board recruitment process is being led by our Board Development Committee. Short listed candidates will be interviewed as part of this process.

Expressions of interest including a resume or similar should be sent to Namgyal Dolker at ndolker@greenbelt.ca

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