Conservation in a city region is something we have been part of for the past 6 decades. In this year's annual report we highlight some of the stories of that important work.
As the population grows in the GTA, demands on our natural resources also increase. One of the greatest challenges of our time is to find ways by which cities can grow and thrive but do it in a way that maintains the health of the natural systems upon which we all depend.
TRCA, working alongside its partners, focuses on work that will improve the quality of life for the residents of the GTA.
From improving access to our conservation areas, to building new sections to create a continuous Waterfront Trail, to managing the risks of flooding and erosion, TRCA works to make a difference in the backyards of the GTA residents.
At TRCA we recognize that the work that goes into protecting and enhancing our natural environment also has a huge impact on people’s health and well-being.
Over the years, TRCA has increasingly been involved in engaging diverse groups of residents and community groups to take ownership of the environment where they live, work and play. Our stewardship programs, volunteers and community projects like SNAP are the gateway to enhancing our neighbourhoods and building a more sustainable city region.
It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Board, to congratulate our terrific staff for another great year of progress. I also extend my sincere thanks to the hundreds of partners and supporters who make our work possible. In particular , I acknowledge the commitment of our member municipalities to provide so much technical and financial support to the work of the TRCA.
-Gerri Lynn O'Connor
Again in 2012, the staff team at TRCA enjoyed exceptional support and inspiration from the members of our Board. As a result, we have another year of terrific accomplishments to add to the rich legacy of this organization. We trust that the stories and illustrations presented in this report convey some of the urgency that we feel for the importance of our work, as the region continues to grow at an incredible pace.
2012 was a big year for TRCA’s corporate identity. We announced our new logo and wordmark that show how TRCA's work is watershed based, takes a global perspective , and seeks to balance water, greenspace and community needs. The evolution embraces and respects our heritage while acknowledging our progressive approach.
As in previous years our partnerships with our municipalities in our regions stand strong and help us achieve our goals.
Whether it is the support our education group receives from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the TD Friends of the Environment Fund, or commitments from Waterfront Toronto, The City of Toronto on the flood protection of the West Don Lands, or projects we lead with the Province, the regional and area municipalities across our jurisdiction, TRCA’s work is enabled and strengthened by working with our partners.
Conservation in a city region also speaks to how knowledge and expertise is shared among the residents of the GTA. TRCA, through its work in renewable energy, flood management, PAIE and M2P and research and monitoring training is contributing to expanding the knowledge base of GTA residents as well as deepening the connection to the natural environment.
I encourage you to explore this report, become familiar with our projects and get to know some of our amazing staff. Most of all I encourage you to find ways to become involved in sustainable city building. Human life on the planet depends upon our ability to build better cities.