ERCA board members get first-hand look at organization’s operations

 

Kevin Money, director of conservation services with the Essex Region Conservation Authority, gives board members a tour of the new eco-friendly washroom/change room now under construction at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Also pictured are ERCA board members Larry Verbeke and Gord Queen.

Kevin Money, director of conservation services with the Essex Region Conservation Authority, gives board members a tour of the new eco-friendly washroom/change room now under construction at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Also pictured are ERCA board members Larry Verbeke and Gord Queen.

ERCA board member Rick Atkin and ERCA chair Joe Bachetti show some of the trees they planted along County Road 50 at the ERCA demonstration farm near Malden Centre. ERCA board members got a “hands on” look at what staff does at a recent board outing.

ERCA board member Rick Atkin and ERCA chair Joe Bachetti show some of the trees they planted along County Road 50 at the ERCA demonstration farm near Malden Centre. ERCA board members got a “hands on” look at what staff does at a recent board outing.

ERCA general manager Richard Wyma (right) speaks to board members and staff prior to board members getting a look at operations at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Wyma hopes to make such outings a regular occurrence for the board.

ERCA general manager Richard Wyma (right) speaks to board members and staff prior to board members getting a look at operations at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Wyma hopes to make such outings a regular occurrence for the board.

By Ron Giofu

 

Board members with the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) gathered for what was not a typical board meeting July 10.

A number of board members gathered at Holiday Beach Conservation Area where they toured the operation with ERCA staff with stops including the new eco-friendly washroom, the neighbouring demonstration farm, among other stops. Board members not only got a first-hand look, they got their hands dirty as well by performing such tasks as planting trees.

ERCA general manager Richard Wyma said in his previous employment, he was part of trying to learn Inuit culture so he wanted to bring that mindset to ERCA. A similar activity took place shortly after his arrival in 2010 and returned with last Thursday’s tour at Holiday Beach.

Wyma is hopeful it can become a regular occurrence.

The tour was intended to give board members a first-hand approach to what staff does, Wyma indicated, and to give board members further insight as to what goes into compiling the reports that are presented at meetings.

“You’ll get a hands-on experience on the many programs we deliver,” stated Wyma.

While senior staff is often at board meetings, he said the work of other staff also aids in compiling reports for the board of directors.

“You don’t always see your terrific staff,” he told assembled board members.

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