The Toronto Bruce Trail Club has been transforming lives through conservation since 1962. This year, as we celebrate our 60th anniversary, our members arrived looking for a fresh start as we safely returned to regular routines. Our members have enjoyed reconnecting through social gatherings, organized hiking activities, and opportunities to show their Club spirit.
It truly is a joy to attend urban, car and bus hikes in the historical landmarks of Toronto, on the Bruce Trail, in cross country and snowshoe trails and on weekend trips! The sounds of our members actively living out their membership reminds us of our true purpose: working together to protect our treasure, the Niagara Escarpment, while spending time together along the Bruce Trail.
Our Club continues to flourish with the help and support of the entire TBTC community. It is only with this financial support that we can provide our members with the opportunity to attend, while providing the required funding for trail maintenance, land stewardship and activities-based programming such as Bruce Trail Day and biodiversity hikes.
We have a Diversity Committee, committed to actions that encourage transparency, accountability and improve diversity across our Club. We are in a nature and climate emergency. We need to be joining with people from all backgrounds in leading, championing and accessing nature.
Our Board recognizes the value of our Club membership and the impact they have. Our conservation heritage is as rich as our hiking traditions. Our director reports highlight stories on our conservation successes and land management work and information on how we have explored nature’s wonders through the 1,300 km of trails.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the TBTC Board of Directors many of whom fulfil dual roles on the board and for the BTC. They include Louise Kent, Graham Allen, Marlis Butcher, Margaret Corner, Alina Lin, Peter Pritchard, Laurent Thibault, Rhea Rasquinha, David Rowney, Neil Stein, Tom Swales and Juliet Williams. Without their work many of the club activities would not occur.
This year we are saying goodbye to Marlis Butcher. I have appreciated her many contributions and wise counsel. On behalf of the TBTC Board of Directors, I thank Marlis for her steadfast generosity and support.
As we return to the Kortright Centre for Conservation, I hope that you make some time to reconnect with nature and friends and continue to explore the wonders of the Bruce Trail.