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​The Connect Campaign Celebrates Monumental Private Donation​

Smiling kids standing on a tree stump in the forest with their hands up in the air.Lake Simcoe Watershed – June 27, 2023 – The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is thrilled to announce that the Connect Campaign, to build a new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, has received its largest private donation to date from Paul Sadlon. Mr. Sadlon's contribution of $850,000 is a resounding endorsement of our mission to foster environmental stewardship and create a sustainable future for our community.

​Designed with a net-zero carbon footprint, the new Nature Centre will be home to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority's school-based education programs. It will also act as a community hub where residents of all ages and abilities will have opportunities to engage with nature and participate in programs that enlighten them about climate change and inspire them to take meaningful action. This state-of-the-art building will not only enhance efforts in environmental conservation but will also enable the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority to meet the growing needs of the watershed community.

“With this generous and transformational investment, students and visitors will be able to continue to participate in experiential outdoor learning and connect with nature close to home. The new facility will be an incredible teaching tool for the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and will help inspire future environmental champions," said Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director, Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation. 

Thanks to Mr. Sadlon's support, the Connect Campaign has surpassed its ambitious fundraising goal of $3 million. Along with additional funding commitment from Infrastructure Canada's Green and Inclusive Community Building Program of $4.17 Million, the Scanlon Creek Nature Centre is quickly becoming a reality.

Paul Sadlon speaking at the podium at the 2023 Conservation Foundation Dinner"I moved to Bradford as a young child and have lived here my entire life. This is Paul Sadlon country! My car dealership in Barrie has served the community for decades and I see firsthand the incredible work that needs our collective support. The new Nature Centre will be a one-of-a-kind facility that is desperately needed to keep our kids healthy, engaged and inspired by nature. I am very proud to support it", says Paul Sadlon.

Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of York Region, and Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority added, "We are truly honoured to be the recipient of Paul Sadlon's generous donation. Through his contributions, we are that much closer to realizing the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority's vision for the Scanlon Creek Nature Centre. We look forward to the vibrant future of this exceptional facility, and we extend our appreciation to Paul Sadlon and his entire team for their support." 

The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation aims to raise an additional $600,000 to maximize the available funding through Infrastructure Canada. To learn more about the Connect Campaign and its mission to build a sustainable future, visit the website at www.ScanlonCreek.ca

​​​​​​​​It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to collaborate, protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed with innovative research, policy and action.


Media Contact:
Sinem Connor
Senior Communications Advisor
Lake Simcoe Region Conse​rvation Authority
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
Mobile: 289-763-4507
Email: s.connor@LSRCA.on.ca​​

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Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation Media Contact: 
Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director
Mobile: 416-453-6054​