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Annual Gratitude Report


Taking Time to Celebrate Success! We are pleased to have the chance to update you on the work of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation in 2014. So much has been accomplished this year to help protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed. Your support has allowed the Lake Simcoe Region Our Mission: Conservation Authority To raise funds from (LSRCA) to leverage all private individuals their sources of funds to and organizations to advance conservation invest in conservation, programs and projects restoration, research that will benefit us all. A and education projects big thank you goes out to of the Lake Simcoe all our donors for helping Region Conservation us provide that gap in Authority, to ensure a funding that allows these healthy Lake Simcoe initiatives to continue. watershed today and We’d also like to thank tomorrow. our volunteers, including our incredible LSCF Board Members who gave their time and resources in the past year to support a cleaner and greener watershed. It’s time for us to all celebrate our success together! In 2014, we were thrilled to raise almost $600,000 to support watershed wide restoration, protection and environmental programs and projects. This was an increase in revenue over 2013 and this success wouldn’t have been possible without PAGE 1

the commitment and loyalty of those in our local communities. As a foundation, we continue to maintain our accreditation with Imagine Canada through our responsible fundraising practices, and have continued to give funds to the Authority to support stewardship, education programs and conservation projects. Looking ahead to 2015 we will be reflecting and reporting on our successes since 2012, as well as re-vitalizing our strategic plan for the years ahead. Thanks again to all our supporters for helping to protect our watershed by offering your support in whatever form it took. We look forward to another great year. Sincerely,

Debby Beatty, President

Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director


Scanlon Creek Restoration Project

Progress in Our Watershed

The Creeks Project continued in 2014, with this high focus project at the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford West Gwillimbury. Aside from some tree planting and boardwalk building that will happen in spring 2015, this work is nearing completion. The three phase project began in 2011, and was made possible by individual donors, as well as the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program, Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, The Schad Foundation, Helen McCrae Peacock Foundation and the John and Pat McCutcheon Charitable Foundation. Thanks to this generous support, the degraded reservoir was taken off-line, allowing Scanlon Creek to by-pass the man-made dam and reconnect to Lake Simcoe. This has re-established historical spawning runs for local fish like the White Sucker and Northern Redbelly Dace, as well as increase the value of water for waterfowl. An important impact of this project will be a more robust and varied fish population in both Scanlon Creek and beyond. Monitoring of our aquatic species will continue in order to track success.

This project will offer education and stewardship opportunities; demonstrating restoration best practices to the school children and hikers who visit each year. Local trail users will be able to experience the natural wetland from re-vitalized boardwalks and viewing platforms weaving throughout the wetland.

“Supporting local environmental projects is a passion of the John and Pat McCutcheon Foundation and we are very pleased to be one of the funders for the Scanlon Creek Restoration Project. Scanlon Creek is a special place full of natural inspiration. Helping to restore and re-connect the creek and wetlands back to Lake Simcoe and knowing that fish can swim back to it again will benefit the entire watershed. “ John McCutcheon



Conservation Day

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Planting trees, clearing trails, getting dirty—this is what the employees involved in last year’s Conservation Day Program signed up for. They also agreed to work together to contribute to a healthier environment while learning more about what our local issues are and how we can resolve them. All the proceeds from this initiative go toward supporting programs and projects in the Lake Simcoe watershed that help improve water quality and quantity and create healthier fish populations. Every team member involved in these days had the wonderful opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the natural world, all for a good cause. A special thanks to employees of RBC for their enthusiastic participation in a Conservation Day on June 5th, 2014 helping with trail and boardwalk building at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Conservation Area.


“RBC is committed to helping protect our watersheds, and our employees are proud to help local organizations that make a difference. Getting dirty while helping out with the trails and boardwalks on June 5th at the Whitchurch–Stouffville Conservation Area was a fun and engaging activity that our whole team enjoyed. “ Steve Nixon, Regional Manager, RBC Royal Bank

FUN FACT! - The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation received 1,002 donations in 2014.


Tree Planting in the Holland Marsh The simple act of planting trees can protect our local watercourses from erosion and pollutants, and improve habitats for our fish and feathered friends. In October 2014, The Bradford Lions Club was responsible for planting 400 new trees and shrubs along the Holland Marsh canal. They invited the community to get involved and turned it into a morning of fun that also benefited an important natural space in our community. This event is a great example of how one group of people can work together to ensure the long-term health of our watershed.

“Working with local service clubs like the Bradford Lions and community groups like the Bradford Scouts is always a wonderful way to connect residents to the Lake Simcoe watershed and also to help them understand how planting native trees and shrubs benefits our local environment“ Pam Martin, LSRCA Forestry Program Assistant

A New Lake Simcoe Boat is Coming The LSRCA has been monitoring the near shore areas of Lake Simcoe since 2008. This work has included keeping track of the clarity, temperature and oxygen in the water, as well as its chemical make-up and the status of the biological community and invasive species. LSCF has just begun a five-year commitment to reserve funds to support the purchase of a new research vessel/boat that will be used for research and monitoring of Lake Simcoe. LSRCA staff has realized that it is vital to track near shore zones. They’ve discovered that these areas near shore respond earlier and much differently to

environmental changes than the other areas of the watershed. Our investment will help to effectively control invasive mussel colonization, monitor changes to nutrient inputs and surface water runoff, as well as prevent the loss of fragile habitats and life forms.

Current LSRCA research vessel that will be replaced.



Conservation Kids Camp

Bringing Kids to Nature

More kids got a chance to become immersed in nature in 2014, by attending Conservation Kids Camp at Sheppard’s Bush in Aurora. The complimentary spots for these kids, who otherwise could not attend, were partially funded by “Thank you for sending the North Newmarket me to camp, I had lots Lions Club and were of fun. My favourite part made available to kids was when we got to make from Newmarket Cares shelters out of wood and for Kids/Operation other materials. Overall I Sparrow and the York had a great time, all thanks Region Children’s Aid to you!” Society.

There is no doubt that the children enjoyed themselves at their week of camp and had an experience that left them with lasting memories. Here’s what two attendees had to say when asked about their time at camp:

“Camp was so much fun. We went hiking. We searched for teeny, tiny bugs that live in algae. We learned about insects and got to touch dead stuff! I made four friends. I would love to go back next summer! Can I go back?”

Outdoor and Environmental Education Program Delivery Every year the Foundation is proud to provide support to the outdoor and environmental education program at Scanlon Creek. This “We believe in the importance of outdoor education and we want to get more students outside. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We give the teachers simple tools, techniques and resources, then we show them how we do it.” Shane Kramer, LSRCA Senior Environmental and Outdoor Education Specialist


initiative offers unique learning opportunities to schools and community groups within the Lake Simcoe watershed. With a wide range of curriculum programs in: science, social studies, phys-ed, history, geography and the arts, LSRCA’s experienced outdoor educators bring the curriculum alive in a stimulating outdoor setting with a number of interesting hands-on activities for students. In addition, LSCF provided support for “Teacher Resource Kits” that will help teachers develop their own outdoor programming.


That’s What Friends are for:

Friends of Scanlon Creek Have Another Great Year

The volunteer Friends of Scanlon Creek group presented another great year of volunteer days and programming for the community in 2014. The Friends organized the first Run for the Trails on September 14, 2014 as a way to invite families out to enjoy the trails in Scanlon Creek and raise money at the same time. The Run gave the community an exciting opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature, while supporting the health of the area. The first annual event had close to 75 runners out to participate! The Friends also planned and executed a Family Day event, Kid’s Fun Day, bird watching workshops, night walks and a collection of Volunteer workdays around the creek.

LSCF Objectives To assist LSRCA: • Improve water quality by reducing the amount of phosphorus and other pollutants flowing into Lake Simcoe • Restore a cold water fishery to Lake Simcoe • Reduce aquatic weed growth in Lake Simcoe and the rivers and streams flowing into it • Provide environmental education programs to children of all ages • Protect our natural heritage features • Develop partnerships to promote science, education and public awareness



Partnering for Conservation Inspiring Greener Communities

Lake Simcoe Marinas Care

The Inspiring Greener Communities program had a successful year of welcoming new home owners to the Lake Simcoe watershed. There are now nine local builders who are participating in this program, with committed revenue of more than $1,000,000. This money will go to support priority Lake Simcoe watershed restoration and protection projects. The IGC program connects new residents to their environmental community and encourages an eco-friendly lifestyle with the Welcome Home gift bag they receive with the keys to their new home.

There are now four marinas participating in the Lake Simcoe Marinas Care program. This program offers marinas in the watershed the opportunity to become important partners in the sustainability of Lake Simcoe. By supporting the lake through this program, marinas receive a beautiful recognition plaque to hang in their location. They also gain the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the protection of the lake that is so important to their lives and livelihoods.

Our Vision A community that works together to respect and support a healthy ecosystem. Lake Simcoe and its rivers and streams will be cleaner, the land greener and its natural features protected for future generations to enjoy.



2014 Events 3rd Annual Polar Dip

Run for the Trails at Scanlon Creek

Last year saw our 3rd annual Polar Dip take place in chilly Lake Simcoe. Not only did some very brave souls get cold and wet in wacky costumes, we raised almost $11,000 to support programs that protect the Lake Simcoe watershed. A memento was given to each of the LSCF dippers in recognition of their icy swim. Now that is “freez’in” for a very good reason!

Last fall, the trails at the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford came alive with 75 runners taking part in the Run for the Trails. There was a 7km Open Run/Walk, as well as a 3 km Run/ Walk for kids 13 and under and a 1km Run/Walk for young kids and toddlers.

26th Annual Conservation Dinner

When everyone had crossed the finish line, more than $5,000 had been raised to support the revitalization of the Scanlon Creek Conservation area. This annual fundraising event is helping to create a fully accessible trail at Scanlon Creek that will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

Franklin Fishing Days

Our annual Conservation Dinner started in a church basement and has evolved into an event that has raised more than 1 million dollars since 2001. This signature event raises funds for critical environmental restoration, protection and educational programs and projects in the Lake Simcoe watershed. By gathering a group of likeminded people to celebrate the accomplishments of the LSRCA, we also create important awareness of the need to take care of the fragile ecosystems in our area.

The Franklin Club is located near Mount Albert and boasts a lake and two ponds that are brimming with Rainbow and Speckled Trout. Every spring and fall, the Club hosts Franklin Fishing Days as a way to raise money for environmental programs and projects in the Lake Simcoe watershed. It’s a wonderful experience with great fishing and the company of great friends and colleagues. Thanks to The Franklin Club for also generously donating a day of fishing as an auction item at the Conservation Dinner.

With your continued support you will be doing your part for a cleaner and greener community, today and tomorrow.

We are thrilled to report that last year, the Conservation Dinner was sold out completely and raised $140,000!



Board of Directors (May 2014 to May 2015) • Debby Beatty, President • Brad Rogers, Vice President • William Carey, Secretary Treasurer • Debbie Bath • Thomas Connell

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Ron Craig John Dale Geoff Dawe Bobbie Drew Robert Grossi John McCallum Steve Schaefer Steve Chenier

The following Directors retire from the LSCF Board of Directors at the May 20, 2015 Annual General Meeting: • Debby Beatty, President • William Carey, Secretary Treasurer • Tom Connell, Board Member

Volunteer Dinner Committee Thank You to all the hardworking dinner volunteers who helped us raise over $140,000 at the 26th Annual Conservation Dinner on June 11th, 2014 at the Carrying Place Golf and Country Club in King: • • • • • • • • • •

Thanks for your dedicated service to the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation Board of Directors and your commitment to the health of our beautiful watershed.

Mary Anderson Dan Andrews Janice Bennett Trish Barnett John Brown and Team Theresa Bos Natasha Denham Dana Eldon Shauna Fernandes Toshia Fleischaker Shelley Fogelman

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Julie Gerrard Lee Hanson Judith Link Lori McLean Susan McKinnon Judy Milner Patricia Milner Kim Morrissey Brook Piotrowski Mary Quattromini Meli Rosato Cheryl Taylor Bill Thompson Brenda Winter

Thanks to all Board Directors who also assisted with the Conservation Dinner.

Our Staff • Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director • Judy Milner, Development Officer • Lee Hanson, Annual Fund Coordinator

FUN FACT! - The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation received 235 online gifts in 2014.

The Conservation Foundation would like to thank our incredible volunteers. Your continued guidance and dedication to a healthier watershed is greatly appreciated.



2014 Financial Summary 2014 FUNDRAISING REVENUE: $575,706 WHERE DID IT COME FROM?

Receipted Donations: 48%

Foundations and Grants: 20%

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Events: 32%

WHERE DID IT GO? Restoration and Protection: 49%

Operations: 29%

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Capital Infrastructure at Scanlon Creek: 10% Science and Research (New Lake Simcoe Boat): 5.0%

Education: (Outreach Education and Teacher Resource Kits: 7.0%

Audited financial statements are available on our website at



Thank You To Our Generous Donors ECO CHAMPION ($250-$999) • • • • • •

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John Adams Barbara Bamford Trish Barnett Debbie-Ann Bath Bruce and Nancy Bone Buffett Taylor & Associates Insurance Agencies Rick and Margot Byers Joe and Laurissa Canavan William and June Coward Anthony and Joy DeWerth Michael and Maureen Douglas Clifford Dresner Norah Dunning Dr. David and Craig Ellis Jay and Vered Feldman Toshia Fleischaker Raymond Gauthier Philip Gilbert Virginia Hackson Sharon Herman Innisfil Lions Club Invesco Canada Limited Renée Jarrett Brian and Susan Kemp Kenn Voss Sales Inc. Donald and Lorraine Lawson

• Jocelyn Lee • McDowall Associates Human Resource Consultants Limited • Jeffrey Mills • Walter and Marylou Montanera • Monto Reno Marina • Melinda Naphtali-Stott • Roger Oatley • Hugh and Ann Osler • Drs. David and Donna Ouchterlony • Geoffrey Peat • Anatoli and Valeria Plotkine • Douglas Reid • John and Anne Marie Ritchie • Mary Jane Sarjeant • Mark Schollen • Scotiabank • John and Barbara Sibbald • Joel and Adrienne Slan • Mark Sokolowski • SONLAB Holding Corp. • Gary and Janis Soren • Thomas Taylor • George and Ellen Vins • Harry and Anne Walker • William Prager Limited • Alfred Wirth • Kelin Zhao

We also recognize the many donors who have given smaller amounts, as well as those who wished to remain anonymous. Every gift makes a difference.


Leadership Circle Our Leaderhip Circle are our most generous annual donors. The Leadership Circle fosters a vibrant community of engaged philanthropists who provide a broad base of support for the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation. Thank you for continuing to give to a healthier watershed. ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS ($1,000-$4,999) • • • •

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628627 Ontario Inc. James Baillie Donald Bainbridge Betty and Chris Wansbrough Family Foundation William Carey Robert Casper and Jennifer Wardrop Suzanne Caudry and Uri Zarum City Of Barrie Curb Appeal Hugh and Carolyn Cleland Sheila Connell John and Catherine Dale Larry and Joyce Dare Geoffrey Dawe Jonathan and Roberta Fidler Margot Franssen Irwin and Judith Gould Groundswell Urban Planners Inc. Nick and Beryl Hamilton-Piercy Mark and Ricki Harris Michael Higgins CH2M HILL

• Innisfil Fire Department -Station 2 • Keswick Marine (1977) Limited • Gordon and Doreen Lak • Bruce and Judith Langstaff • William and Jean Lawrence • Brian and Joannah Lawson • Lefroy Harbour Resorts Inc. • Bruce McCartney • Wayne and Beverley McLeod • North Newmarket Lions Club • John and Mitzi Pepall • RBC Foundation • Mark and Marla Shoom • James and Carolyn Swan • Marcella and Joe Tanzola • Robert and Diana Tweedy • Timothy and Susan Walker • Gayle Wood • Mary Grace Wright


NATURE LOVERS ($5,000-$9,999)


• Tom Connell and Sara Griffiths

• Brookfield Homes (Ontario) Limited • Emery Investments Limited • Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. • Great Gulf Group of Companies • Green Earth Village Inc.

• Ivanhoe Cambridge II - Vaughan Mills

WATERSHED HEROES ($10,000-$50,000) • • • •

Bill and Karen Barnett Debby Beatty David Beatty Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada • Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation • JPM Charitable Foundation

• Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change • The Lions Club of Bradford • The Schad Foundation • Uplands Foundation • Michael Wekerle

• Holland Landing Landowners Group • Magna International Inc.

• Mattamy Homes Limited • Metrus Development Inc. • Minto Communities • MMM Group Limited • Rice Commercial Group • SCS Consulting Group Limited/Beacon Environmental • Sharon Village Group

Evening Sponsor TREE MEMORIAL PROGRAM • Innisfil Funeral Home Limited • McClelland and Slessor Funeral Homes

• Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home


• Mattamy Homes Limited

FUN FACT! - The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation has 732 donors in 2014.

26TH ANNUAL CONSERVATION DINNER Watershed Hero • Copperstone Land Corporation • Friday Harbour Resort Inc. Environmental Leader • TACC Developments (Aurora) Inc.

• Geranium Homes (Ninth Line) Limited

• Cole Engineering Group Limited • Dillon Consulting Limited • Fieldgate Land Development Limited • Hill Hunter Losell Law Firm LLP • KLM Planning • Maxine Kerr Barrister

• Miller Thomson LLP • Pratt Develoment Inc. • SCS Consulting Group Limited • Shoreplan Engineering Limited • TD Commercial Banking

IN HONOUR Debby and David Beatty • Kenneth Beatty • Cindy Blakely • Brendan and Mary Calder • Timothy and Roz Crooks • Patricia Fischer • David Glue • Ruth Green • Paul and Vicki Hand • Lorrie McKenzie • C. Mary Mingie • Hugh and Ann Osler

• Martha Osler • Anthony and Susan Pigott • William Pigott • David and Kathy Richardson • Robert Showman • SONLAB Holding Corp. • Toronto Community Foundation • Brenda White • Briare Wynn




IN HONOUR David and Bonnie Collacutt • Barrie Huronia Probus Club Timothy Crooks • Paul and Vicki Hand

Patrick Duggan • Meaghen Shaver Patricia Phil • Laura Roberts Gayle Wood • Joanne Barnett

FIFTIETH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY David and Bonnie Collacutt • Ann and George McCullough

Ken and Yvette Graham • David and Bonnie Collacutt

IN MEMORIAM Beverly Anne Armstrong • Northern Casket (1976) Limited Robert Wayne Burr • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority John Francis Connolly • Paul and Mary Marshall Louis Coort • Paul and Mary Marshall Beris Walker Erwood • Donna Janes Gordon Heyink • David and Lorraine Alcomrack • Timothy and Terri Lynn Boadway • Daniel Card • Dan and Rosemary Chobotiuk • Dan Farren and Family • Dr. Andrew and Sarah Stapleton • Stephanie Swan • Vaughan Weddell


Edythe Hall • Paul Anonen • George and Margaret Barlow • Trish Barnett • Theresa Ann Bos • Daryl Bowman • Conservation Ontario • Paul Cottenden • Del Crake • LSRCA Executive Management Team • J Mark Foerster • Tom and Anna Gadsby • Geranium Homes (Ballantrae) Inc. • Paul Mathews • Alanna McGowan • Nancy McPhail • My Tribute Gift Foundation • William and Lisa Stevens

Bruce McClelland Hunter • Suzanne Arrell • Jonathan Balfour • Brian and Joan Barr • Ted and Sharon Black • Geoffrey Boone • Heather Brodeur • Ronny Carruthers • Robert Chafee • Phil Charal • John and Lynn Clappison • Michael Cruickshank • Heather Cunningham • Marc de de Montigny • Wendy Deeks • D'Arcy Doherty • John Easson • Tim Godfrey • James Grant • Katherine Green • Karen Green and Timothy Hughes • Tom and Carol Griffiths • John and Heather Harbinson • Michael Peter Harris • Peter Hatcher • Naneve Hawke • Barbara Haynes • David Higginbothom and Mary Byers • Richard Howson • Robert Hylton Hyland • Terry Allan Jackson • John H. Rennie • Joseph Flabbi • Karen Barkley • Tim and Janet Kennish • Gordon Lackenbauer • J. Spencer Lanthier • William and Jean Lawrence • Peter Lockie • Alix Mabee and Paul Smith • Tom Macmillan Macmillan • Sally Martyniuk • Heather Masterson • Jerome Morse and Catherine Lawrence • Lani and Charles Moses • Scott Pelton • George and Dora Pepall

• William Pepall • Christopher and Catherine Poole • Portfolio Management Corporation • Diane Ram • Michael Rea • Patricia Reid • Raymond Richards • Joshua Nathanael Robbins • Dawn Scott • Janice Seger Lambert • Richard Shallhorn • David and Elizabeth Sisam • Greg Sutton • Taylor Hazell Architects Limited • Robert and Katherine Tedford • John and Sean Walker Sorensen LLP • Davina and Kim Winer and Family Bruce McConnell • Timothy Thompson Eunice Ruth Mcleod • Claude and Lorraine Lamoureux • Ian and Jeanette Tedford • John Trott Ted McMurrich • Harry and Anne Walker Edward James Toal • Donald Marshall SEASON'S GREETING East Gwillimbury Council • Royalpark Homes Lorna and Bill Forbes and Anita and Scott Forbes • Florence Hertzman THANK YOU The Celebration Community • Tanya Porter


Annual Message from LSRCA MAKING A DIFFERENCE Some of you may know of Loren Eiseley’s story about a man who attempts to save thousands of starfish who lay dying along miles and miles of beach. This man is walking along the beach, picking up starfish, one by one, and Debbie Bath, throwing them back LSRCA Chair, 2014 into the water. A passer-by stops and asks why he’s doing it and comments on his foolishness… “Why bother? You can’t possibly make a difference.” The man picks up a starfish, throws it into the deep water and replies, “I made a difference to that one.” It’s easy to be overwhelmed and disheartened by what may seem like the insignificance of our individual actions, but the point of this story is that our individual actions can and do make a difference. If you are reading this, you probably care about this watershed and the future of your children, and your children’s children. You may already be doing your part to help protect

this watershed. But just in case you need some inspiration, here are a few of the ways we could use your help: • Volunteer at one of the dozens of tree-planting events we host each year. They usually run only a few hours and give you a chance to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends while doing something good for your community and the watershed. • Help us expand public participation by following us on social media and sharing our stories and events with your family and friends. • Donate to the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation. Your money goes directly to projects that improve the watershed. • Nominate a worthy person or group for a Conservation Award. Our annual awards recognize and celebrate the many people engaged in voluntary environmental activities that are making a positive difference in the watershed. I’m proud to be a part of this tremendous organization, working with you - each one of us doing our own small part, but adding up to so much more. Debbie Bath, Chair, 2014 LSRCA Board of Directors



The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation 120 Bayview Parkway, Box 282 Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X1 Charitable No.: BN 11900 3317 RR0001 The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is the leading registered environmental charity in our watershed; working to help restore and protect the land and water of the Lake Simcoe watershed. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the valuable conservation programs and projects of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. LSCF is accredited in the distinguished Imagine Canada Standards Program, demonstrating the highest standards for public confidence in the nonprofit sector.

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