rare’s Town Hall Meeting

Over the first 13 years of rare’s development, the community has participated in its programs, supported the cause, and been a part of the strategy. On May 13, 2015, rare hosted its first Town Hall meeting to share a summary of our progress as a unique environmental organisation and charity, and our vision for the future. Thank you to all who attended — we were so pleased to have had the opportunity to have an open discussion with you. And thank you to everyone who has been a part of the journey thus far.

Topics covered included our developing international reputation and what that can mean for the region, our commitment to grassroots, our Chain of Learning that brings together conservation, research and education with its vision to help get Every Child Outdoors while we train the next generation of conservationists, and our accountability — to you.

View a copy of the Town Hall handout here.

What’s rare to you?

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As Bill Wilson, one of the advisors responsible for the first Environmental Management Plan, the guiding document for all actions on the property, said in rare’s early years, “rare is a place, a model and an attitude.”

As a Place, it’s larger than New York’s Central Park with old growth forests, three cold water streams that flow into the Grand River Watershed and artifacts going back at least 10,500 years — all preserved within one of the fastest growing urban areas in Canada which, in turn, is part of the Great Lakes Region, home to over 40 million people.

In fact, rare is a Model of biodiversity conservation, one that protects and researches ecosystems at a landscape level. From the active participation of a broad local community, to the work of traditional knowledge holders and researchers from around the world, rare demonstrates the inter-dependent nature of all aspects of our world.

It’s also an Attitude, fostering an understanding of our place in the ecosystem, and demonstrating our individual human dependence – and the entire planetary dependence – on a healthy environment that ensures the well-being of all species by providing clean air, water and soil.

We want to know more about what rare means to you. Send your stories and pictures to tamanna.kohi at raresites.org, or upload your thoughts to social media using #raretome.


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