Message from HCA’s Board Chairman, Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, and HCA CAO, Lisa Burnside
Our 2019 annual report, not only marks our first year of progress towards our new 5-year strategic plan goals, but is also a rebirth of the HCA Annual Report.
While we remain grounded to our roots to protect people and property from natural hazards, we are now more than ever, connecting people with nature and launched a new and revitalized mission, vision and logo along with the new 5-year strategic plan.
Staff and the Board of Directors have made strong progress in all five priority areas. In 2019, we provided orientation to new Board members regarding the strategic plan and toured the watershed to assist our Board in setting strategic directions and priorities. We updated policies and provided training to staff to optimize organization performance, purchased land, carried out master planning work and undertook flood forecasting and monitoring for watershed health. We also engaged residents and the community with planting and invasive species removal for the benefit of our watershed and invested in the further development of the Saltfleet Conservation Area to offset the impacts of climate change. We met with Provincial ministry staff and revisited our founding principles from our 1958 Spencer Creek Conservation Report to share our history and origins of our programs and services, all the while balancing the needs of the one million visitors to our owned and managed conservation areas.
We have much to be proud of. Many significant projects and programs were undertaken in the past year. These accomplishments are the result of the hard work and dedication of our professional staff, whose passion and commitment for our organization and watershed is tremendous.
All of this would not have been possible without the support of many volunteers and the ongoing support of our major funder and partner, the City of Hamilton. We are pleased to highlight that work and we look forward to continued progress in 2020.