River project aiming for financial sustainability after federal funding loss
The organization that keeps an eye on the Annapolis River and works to mitigate environmental threats to the waterway and surrounding habitat is facing struggles of its own.
Clean Annapolis River Project’s federal core funding has been unavailable for the past two years and despite creating a contingency fund in better times, finances have become a concern.
“Leaner days are here, our reserves have dwindled, and we are at a critical moment despite careful management and reorganization,” said CARP’S executive director Levi Cliché in a media release. “We have been planning for this, and have made strides in our fundraising efforts.”
But Cliche said there is still work to do to shape the organization to sustain itself in the absence of core funding. He said CARP is reaching out to its members, supporters, and the wider community to help it get there.
For the past 26 years, Clean Annapolis River Project has been striving to protect and enhance the natural values of the Annapolis River and surrounding landscape, Cliche said.
“Working closely with community volunteers and partners, we have collaborated to improve fish and wildlife habitat, eliminate and reduce sources of water pollution, make strides to combat climate change, and create opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages to experience and learn about the natural wonders of the Annapolis River watershed,” Cliche said.
“We are proud of our record of creating local jobs in science that provide opportunities for residents and attract new talent to the area,” he said, noting that these jobs are often career building opportunities for local youth. He said CARP also attracts young, talented, and highly engaged professionals to live in and contribute local communities in many ways beyond their work with CARP.
“Our projects and programs contribute between $400,000 and $600,000 each year to the local economy, all of which goes toward making our communities greener, healthier, and more liveable,” Cliche said.
Cliche said CARP has been fortunate for the hard work and dedication of the people in the local communities because what the organization strives for takes a great deal of community and volunteer support.
“The quality and the level of impact that we collectively have, however, would be impossible to achieve without a core staff to plan, develop, fundraise, manage, and deliver our programs and projects -- or a space from which our operations can be based.”
Despite the uncertainty, Cliche said CARP is looking forward to a long and shared future of sustained environmental stewardship and is hoping with public help it can continue to learn about, enhance, and protect the natural environment.
Cliche said he welcomes and encourages people to contact CARP with any suggestions, concerns, or questions about the organization, its mission and work, and its future.
Reach CARP by email at carp@ annapolisriver.ca, by phone at 902-532-7533, or in person at 314 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal. Mcphee-potter-; Drusilla C.,
77, of Halifax, formerly of Liverpool, passed away peacefully in Drummond Hall, Halifax on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Born in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, she was a daughter of the late William and Margaret (Ferguson) Ferguson. Dru was a former owner-operator of the Liverpool IGA Store along with her husband Eldon for many years retiring in 1991 to devote her full attention to being a grandmother. She was an active member of the Liverpool United Baptist Church serving in various positions within the church before moving to Halifax. She was also a member of the “Christmas Girls Club” which met every Wednesday evening. She and her husband Eldon travelled extensively throughout the world and, in her later years, Dru travelled many times to BC to be with her grandchildren. Dru will be fondly remembered for her love of her family and her love of Cape Breton which remained “home” in her heart.
She is survived by her daughter Michele “Shelly” (Jeff) West of Fall River, her grandchildren Morganne, Kelsey and Gregory and her brother William (Betty) Ferguson of North Sydney. Dru was predeceased by her first husband Eldon Mcphee, her second husband William Potter, her sisters Christine Mcneil, Peggy Mcleod, June Evans, Anna Lewis and her brothers Rod, George, Gordon, Donald and Bruce. Visitation was Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Liverpool United Baptist Church with Reverend Richard Bristo officiating. Reception followed in the church hall. Burial was in the Liverpool United Baptist Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com