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2011 Annual Report Arrives

Hello Friends,


We are so excited to present this year's annual report! This annual report is really special to us because not only does it cover this past year at HAT but also how we got here looking back at the past fifteen years. We have included a timeline of successes and challenges over the past fifteen years and all of the supporters who have helped us reach our goals. Anyone who has ever donated, volunteered or worked with HAT has played a huge role  by helping us demonstrate how a small organization can survive and achieve great results in a difficult non-profit sector. Please enjoy the report and drop us an e-mail of your favorite memory with HAT over the past 15 years!



AGM Announced - December 14th

It is that time of year again! Below are the logistics for this year's Annual General Meeting and we will be releasing more information about the meeting as we get closer to the date. For now, mark your calenders!


When: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Where: Swan Lake Nature House

Time: 6:30pm- Meeting Starts at 7pm.


Ready, Set, Solve


Ready, Set , Solve : The CRD Student Climate Challenge is an amazing initiative from the creative people working on climate change in the CRD. We are so pleased to be apart of this intuitive project and have been lucky enough to receive a great group of University of Victoria students to help make our office green! Here is some more information about the project via the CRD Climate Change website:


Ready, Set, Solve (RSS) is a fun, applied learning challenge focused on getting post-secondary students to help solve small, but real, energy efficiency and climate-related challenges that exist in the Capital Region during the fall 2011 academic semester.

Municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and institutions in the Capital Region face unique challenges in working towards their climate action goals. Undergraduate students have a fresh perspective, and the relevant skills and knowledge but often lack the opportunity to gain practical experience, build their networks in the community, and direct their learning to the topics that they are most passionate about.  Simply put, the goal of RSS is to bring these two groups together in the pursuit of real climate change and energy efficiency solutions, it’s a win, win, win situation.

We unfortunately work in an older building which isn't overly energy efficient and we are so busy working on protecting land outside of the office that we don't have the time to make our office more energy efficient. We are so thrilled that our group of students are going to help us reach our goals of cutting carbon emissions and lowering our energy bills. We will keep you up to date over the next few months on how our office is coming along. A big thank you the Capital Regional District and our wonderful group consisting of Vicki, Jessica and Inka for all your hard work! We really appreciate it!


HAT Chat Summer 2011

HAT Chat Summer 2011 - Our latest newsletter is here! Click on the image to find out more about Conservation Connection 2011, Painted Turtles, Habitat Stewardship and much more!



Conservation Connection Forum



Conservation Connection is back for its 11th year and this one is shaping up to be the most expansive and engaging forums to date. It will take place on Friday, September 30th at Royal Roads University and will feature some amazing panels, workshops and a guided nature walk by an experienced naturalist. We are also thrilled to have secured a very special keynote speaker (who will we announce shortly) that will surely garner attention from community members in the Capital Regional District. We look forward to seeing everyone at this can't miss event that will help us learn from each other on the importance of conservation in our community. Below you will find the FINAL agenda and a 'vintage' clip from a Conservation Connection that took place in 2007.

Register today

Cost(Presenter) $20 + applicable taxes, (Not for Profit) $30 + applicable taxes, (others) $40 + applicable taxes, (Keynote Speech Only) $10 + applicable taxes.

Online Registration: Click here to register and to reserve your spot. Space is limited so register today to reserve your spot.  



Friday September 30th, 2011

Royal Roads University, The Mews Conference Centre

8:00-8:45 Arrival and Set-up (Ballroom)

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Introductions (Ballroom)

9:00-10:30 Concurrent Sessions:

Session 1: Municipal Panel: Collaborationbetween Local Government and Non-profits in the Capital regionPanel with Laura Byrne (District of Sooke), Cory Manton (Saanich) and Fred Hook (City of Victoria) 

Session 2: The Quick & Dirty of Volunteer Management with Leanna Hill from Volunteer Victoria

10:30-10:45 Coffee and SnackBreak

10:45-12:00 Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Nature Walk (through the Royal Roads Grounds) with Andy MacKinnon, co-author of Plants of Coastal British Columbia

Session 2: Non-Profit Funding Strategies with Paul McNair, Director of Land Trust Alliance of BC  and innovative fundraiser

12:00-1:15 Lunch by Truffles Catering

1:15-2:30 Concurrent Sessions:

Session 1: Grant Writing Tips with Professional Advisory Panel that includes Marg Rose, Birgit Castledine and Linda Gray from Victoria Foundation, Lindsay Silverson from World Fisheries Trust and Danella Parks from Vancity

Session 2: The Many Faces of Conservation: Join Global Human Rights Practitioner Moussa Magassa and Gagan Leekha former Multicultural Environmental Education Program Coordinator (Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society). 

2:30-2:45 Snack break

2:45-4:00 Closing Keynote Session:

Bob McDonald host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks, award-winning science journalist and author

Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years. He is the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people. He is also a regular reporter for CBC Television’s The National as well as Gemini winning host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up. McDonald has also hosted Greatest Canadian Invention and the seven-part series Water Under Fire.

As a print journalist, McDonald has authored three science books and contributed to numerous science textbooks, newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Owl Magazine and many others. His latest book is Measuring the Earth With a Stick, and he has written the introductions to The Quirks & Quarks Question Book, The Guide to Space: 42 Questions (and Answers) About Life, the Universe, and Everything as well as Nasty, Brutish and Short, the Quirks Guide to Animal Sex.

Beyond his work in media, McDonald is Chairman of Geospace, an exciting new environmental centre and planetarium for the Toronto Waterfront.

McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada as the recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute and the McNeil Medal from The Royal Society of Canada. McDonald was also the recipient of a 2008 Gemini Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series.

He has received six honourary Doctorates, from the University of Guelph, Carleton University, Laurentian, McMaster, University of Winnipeg and University of Calgary.  In 2011, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Bob McDonald's talk will be presented by VanCity and we cannot thank our sponsors enough for all they have done to ensure that this year's Conservation Connection will be a memorable one. The Victoria Foundation continues to step up and help us to create this event as well as Royal Roads University who provides the amazing venue and food.






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