Larry Moore President

Larry was born and raised in Maniwaki. After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he spent 34 years with Sears Canada, including 15 years as Vice-President. Now retired, he divides his time between his residence in Ontario and his cottage at Little Cedar Lake, which he has owned since 1995.

Larry has been a member of the Association's Board of Directors for a few years and holds the position of President. He supports all of the Association's efforts in protecting the environment of Cedar lakes.

 

 

A Word from the President - Fall 2020

I am pleased to report on the activities of the Association over the course of summer 2020. We were able to quickly adapt to the constraints of Covid-19 and remain focused on a short list of priorities.

 

Development plan of the Municipalité régionale de comté de La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (MRCVG) and demands of the APLC

After several years of anticipation and preparation, the SAD was released in July. Upon review of the extensive document, we concluded that our efforts to protect the watershed zones around our lakes were completely ignored. The declared land use, “Récréo Forestières,” offers no protection and will in fact enable activities incompatible with our objectives of conservation and maintenance of biodiversity.

A Committee of the Board has worked diligently over the past 8-10 weeks to challenge the decision. The Committee:

  • Developed a position paper and successfully launched an online petition garnering over 400 signatures. We are thankful to our members and the family and friends of our lakes for their support. The petition made an important impression throughout the ensuing campaign.

                               

  • Met with the Mayor of the Municipality of Messines and the consultant to the MRC on several occasions, presented our position paper with supporting documentation, and promoted our case for change across available media. All parties were genuinely engaged and considerate.

Consultations have ended and we must now wait for the consultants to complete and deliver their report to the elected officials. Our Board of Directors is cautiously optimistic that the way forward will enable us, in due course, to achieve our objectives.

 

Eurasian Milfoil

Given the constraints of working in the new world of the pandemic, we were unable to proceed with the second extraction exercise planned for this summer. Nonetheless, our VP of Environment and her team have continued monitoring existing sites as well as identifying other areas of concern. Yellow buoys have been installed in all locations. These areas must be avoided.

 

Strategic Plan 2021–2025

I am pleased to report that a Committee of the Board recently completed our new Strategic Plan and the Board of Directors has voted in favour of a motion to accept it.

The Chair of our Committee has commented that while adhering to the direction of the existing Strategic Plan, the new plan is more ambitious and will better respond to the environmental challenges that pre-occupy us, individually and collectively.

Communication

Our Communication team has continued to optimize the use of technology to more effectively and efficiently communicate with our members and stakeholders at large. One example is the production of videos featuring members of our Board of Directors speaking to specific lake-related matters of interest. This appears, from feedback, to be helping members better understand the work we are doing, and why it should be important to them. 

Our recent successful online call to action in the form of a petition is an excellent example of the power of timely relevant information. The SAD petition, for example, made an important impression throughout our campaign.

 

Conclusion

The summer season has been challenging in many ways, but I can assure you that our Board and volunteers remain motivated and dedicated. We see momentum in the participation level of members, financial contributions, and acknowledgment of the work that is taking place. Thank you for your continued support, which motivates so many in the shared pursuit of protecting our lakes. 

Stay safe,

Larry Moore
President