A society that respects ecosystems, honours diverse cultures and sustains an
economy in balance with communities and nature
To work locally, nationally and internationally to support organic agriculture, land
stewardship and appropriate technologies for the future of our planet
FBC rural ofﬁce illuminated by stunning summer sunset
Our Work, Areas for Action....................P.3
Program Achievements.......................... P.4
Strategic Goals At-A-Glance...................P.8
Program Goals...................................... P.10
Staff and Board....................................P.13
2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of Falls Brook Centre
which came into being largely as a result of the Rio de
Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992.
Looking backwards ﬁrst. During the lead up to the 1992
Rio Earth Summit I was working at the national level in
Canada with the ﬁrst global “e-connection”, a Canadian
experiment to ﬁnd out if position papers and work
programs could be developed using the brand new
technology of the time, e-mail. Eight selected partner
groups from the South were given computers and modems
and were asked to talk to eight representatives of the
Canadian Environmental Network, who represented
environmental views internationally. It was the ﬁrst time
this medium had been used to discuss global concerns
between diverse countries. This was moderately successful
as a ﬁrst experiment, given challenges like the dial-up
connection speed and some hesitancy to adopt this
At the time I was also vice-Chairperson of The
Environment Liaison Centre International, which was the
Nairobi -based network for most of the world's
environment groups, especially from the South. We were does one cast one’s vision forward to imagine the future
chosen to lead the Paris Conference, hosted by President and plan accordingly?
Mitterrand in Paris which was convened to showcase
global environmental concerns and successes leading up to One fundamental disconnect is between human societies
the Rio Earth Summit: photo galleries were displayed, and the land that supports us. Falls Brook Centre is an
essays presented, and over 500 delegates from all walks of organization promoting and modeling reconnection. One
life were brought to France. Delegates met to share of the strengths of Falls Brook Centre is our connection to
concerns and to develop position papers for policies on other parts of the world, through internships and
forests, agriculture, energy, addressing the difﬁculties collaborative work; this gives us a more global perspective.
people were facing and their hope for developing We must become “Occupied” with the land base,
sustainability. promoting our messages to grow and eat food without
chemicals, to work for protection and restoration of forests,
This was the ﬁrst large gathering of people who found clean up rivers and oceans, support local businesses, ﬁnd
them sharing concerns about ecology, communities, learning in building communities, celebrate what we have,
agriculture, forests and cultures with people from countries reduce use of fossil fuels, let children be part of a
they might never have heard about before. It was amazing productive society rather than a consumer society
and exciting to meet other people from around the world
and have the opportunity to work together late into the Falls Brook Centre has a long term vision of sustainable
night on shared position papers and present our views in communities. A place to aim for in all of our work: good
forums in Bergen, Norway; Brussels, Geneva and Paris governance, good food, cultural strength, supporting local
leading up to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. initiatives and cooperation, living in balance with what
nature provides. With this as our goal, FBC works and
Fast forward through a turbulent twenty years of climate collaborates with many organizations, individuals, board
change reﬂected all around amid growing economic members, and overseas partners. We are inching along,
contractions: wars for oil, disrespect for the Planet we live restoring landscapes, working with people, promoting re-
on, food shortages, more inequality with bankers and skilling in a variety of technologies.
corporations afﬂicted with a desire for proﬁt above all that
knows no limits. Rural areas worldwide are seeing their Thank you to all our supporters, and everyone who works
people drain into urban areas, leading to the loss of vital with us. We are pleased to go onwards on this journey.
skills for living in a sustainable, land-based community. At
the same time our rural and wild spaces are being opened
to resource extraction on an unprecedented scale. How
J ean Arnold
FBC Science Centre headquarters, Salado, Honduras
Having land and not ruining it is the most
beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own
- Andy Warhol
Our Work Action Areas
Research and Develop:
Falls Brook Centre is a sustainable community
Sustainable and appropriate technologies, ideas and
demonstration and training centre in rural techniques
New Brunswick. By combining appropriate new technologies with local,
traditional wisdom and practice, we will contribute to
Located in South Knowlesville, Carleton County, on 400 the growing body of knowledge of land restoration and
acres of Acadian forest and farmland, our land base stewardship, appropriate building design and renewable
represents a balance between the two major economic energy and efﬁciency options.
drivers in the region – forestry and farming. FBC strives
to promote exemplary sustainable practices in these two Apply and Demonstrate:
areas, plus in the growing ﬁeld of appropriate technology Restorative, respectful practices with land and
and renewable energies. communities
The foundation for all our activities, and the source of
Onsite demonstrations include our certiﬁed organic inspiration for others, will continue to be the work we
gardens and orchards, interpretive forest trails, solar and accomplish on the ground. Our efforts to set a positive
wind energy systems, an off-grid conference centre for 30 example of sustainable, rural living drive us to
people, tree nurseries, herbariums, non-timber forest continually strengthen our demonstration site.
product propagation, and a straw bale house museum.
These demonstrations provide the basis for a variety of Promote and Encourage:
educational and outreach programs for visitors of all Viable, land-based work and living
ages. The centre’s agricultural areas are certiﬁed organic Through our practical demonstrations and a vibrant
by the Organic Crop Improvement Association, NB. outreach program, we will increase public awareness of
viable consumer choices, lifestyle options, and career
Falls Brook Centre implements international possibilities in Canada and around the world.
programming in appropriate technology, community
education, solar electriﬁcation, landscape restoration, Work in Partnerships:
Analog Forestry, and organic agriculture. Locally, nationally and internationally
Our partnerships throughout New Brunswick, Canada
We are active at the policy level with environmental and the world are what keep us informed, relevant, and
NGOs and other partners on the national and connected. We view our collaborators as vital facilitators
international stage. in a global exchange of knowledge, practical skills, and
values that will bring the change we desire.
We represent our region and our country in networks
such as the New Brunswick chapter of Canadian Organic Make the Links:
Growers, the Atlantic Council for International Between local and global actions and realities
Cooperation, the Canadian Environmental Network, the As an organization, we follow the motto “Think global,
Canadian Renewable Energy Association, the Forest act local”. All of our actions at home reﬂect what we
Stewardship Council and the International Analog advocate in the global context. We continue to work to
Forestry Network. bring home the lessons we learn overseas, while sharing
local skills with international partners.
A dance in the barn keeps everyone up late
Program Achievements to 2011
We responded to a growing public interest in local,
organic food and environmental health through two
major outreach projects:
In 2008, we initiated the “Food Miles
Challenge”, bringing local and organic
farmers into the spotlight while reaching
out to local consumers with information on
where to buy locally grown foods.
In 2009, the “Community Conservation for
Watershed Protection” project began,
highlighting the importance of aquatic life
Elderberry harvest from the berry patch
in our local watershed. A broad audience
was reached, including local farmers, regional events, we have built new relationships with
community recreation groups, students, members of the NB organic sector.
and families, all with the same message of
We have introduced a three month onsite organic
workshop series geared towards FBC’s International
Youth Internship candidates, as a part of their pre-
Our organic demonstration site’s capacity was increased departure training program. Their participation in the
substantially with the addition of two garden plots, workshops gives them a valuable base in organic
allowing us to increase crop rotations and reduce soil- production, which they are then able to share with our
borne disease. Storage capacity for our food crops has international partners.
improved with a new freezer and cold storage. Interns,
WWOOFers and staff have been involved in various In 2010, FBC’s “Mexican Network of Organic
food preservation workshops, ensuring that the harvest Markets” project was completed successfully, resulting
is extended as far as possible. in the integration of 22 new markets into the national
network, as well as the augmentation of best practices
Provincially, we collaborated with the Atlantic in participatory organic certiﬁcation throughout
Canadian Organic Regional Network and the New Mexico. Our partnership with the Mexican Network of
Brunswick government to develop the NB Organic Organic Markets is maintained through our
Strategic Plan 2009-2010, with the goal of creating international internship placements.
policies that promote the growth of the organic sector
in the province. Through this and engagement at other
Working hard in the gardens
Planting hundreds of acorns in the nursery
Forest Stewardship Internationally many of our partnerships have grown
Locally, the Forest Stewardship program has focused on out of a shared interest in biodiversity restoration using
increasing and maintaining FBC’s Acadian forest analog forestry as the methodology. Analog Forestry is a
restoration site. The past three years have seen the system used to restore fragmented forests that utilizes
plantation of hundreds of native tree seeds in our forest species that yield returns for those doing the restoration. !
nursery and of saplings and native understory plants For three years we worked with the Latin American
onto FBC property. More interpretive signage, Model Forest Network in Costa Rica, Dominican
boardwalks and benches have been installed along our Republic and Honduras. !Working with CATIE, the
12 kilometres of nature trails, increasing our capacity to agro-forestry university situated in Turrialba, Costa
host visiting groups and to feature restoration Rica, as the overall manager to implement analog
methodologies. forestry on 14 sites per country, we have restored sites
within municipalities, botanical gardens, small farmers’
August Chanterelle harvest from FBC forest sites and the University itself. CATIE sites have been the
subject of student research on various aspects of carbon
storage and ecosystem services.
In Cuba we are completing a restoration project in the
Province of Guantanamo. Analog Forestry has been
accepted by the Cuban government as a preferred
method of restoration and we have had many requests
from other areas of the island to begin working in this
discipline. In April 2011, Falls Brook Centre scientist
Dr. Ranil Senanayake was the keynote speaker for the
Cuban Global Forest Congress which included
participants from more than 100 countries.
In Honduras we are working across the North Atlantic
coast to restore mangrove forests while supporting long-
term community economic development in the
region.!Home base is Cuero y Salado, a biosphere
reserve located outside of La Ceiba. The community
beneﬁts from increased ﬁsh and crustacean habitat,
ecotourism, wildlife habitat, birding and environmental
education for all ages. We have been fortunate to receive
support from Arpin Canoe Restigouche’s annual canoe
fundraiser and from the Campbell Webster Foundation,
Blue Moon Foundation, and CIDA, whose contributions
have improved life in the region with kitchen gardens,
solar electriﬁcation and efﬁcient wood cookstoves.
and Renewable Energy
The Appropriate Technology and Renewable Energy
program has contributed to a number of local energy
and efﬁciency initiatives, working in partnership with
diverse organizations to promote greater energy
efﬁciency and to reduce dependency on fossil fuels
through locally appropriate and renewable
Our local demonstration facilities have been upgraded,
with the installation of new solar hot water systems,
upsized solar electric systems, and a site-wide energy
audit to highlight areas for improvement in our own
energy use. The RE systems of two buildings have been
upgraded to meet electrical code. We have also added a
solar electriﬁed fence and animal barn to the pasture
and built a new “Justa Stove”, which is a highly efﬁcient
wood-burning stove that has been modeled in many of Wind turbine construction workshop
our Central American partner communities.
Provincially, the FBC Appropriate Technology program
Our extensive public engagement program has seen an has collaborated with the Alliance for Community
increased interest in our Energy Empowerment Energy with the aim of encouraging provincial support
workshop series, which provides hands-on training to for renewable energy. To the same end, we have also
businesses and individuals in passive solar heat, solar been engaged in provincial Energy Commission
electric, wind energy, and efﬁcient heating techniques.
The Climate Change Bus has continued to serve as an Our partnership with Grupo Fenix in Sabana Grande,
interactive public engagement tool, traveling Nicaragua, has been maintained through ongoing
throughout the province to inspire audiences of all ages intern placements that promote the uptake of
renewable energy and the improvement of rural
to think about climate change.
Solar installation workshops at FBC are always popular
Analog Forestry planting in Honduras
Community Development In the summer of 2009, FBC launched our ﬁrst annual
Falls Brook Free School, a celebration of learning that
and Education invites community members to share their skills,
knowledge and ideas in an open, ‘free’ environment.
Thanks to the success of the ﬁrst two Free Schools, this
Since 2008, FBC’s Community Development and
Education program has engaged thousands of children, event has become an annual summer tradition.
youth and adults with the objectives of building
Our international project work in Honduras,
community resiliency and environmental leadership in
Nicaragua, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica
the province of New Brunswick.
and Mexico has moved forward signiﬁcantly with the
From 2008 to 2011, the Upper Saint John River Valley incorporation of community education initiatives that
Initiative conducted Community Asset Mapping promote literacy, sustainable resource use, and
economic independence through small business and
sessions in ﬁve forest-dependent communities, followed
by seven Strategic Planning workshops and the
development of a series of experiential, skill-building Photovoltaic construction with guest teacher Dr. Richard Komp
workshops intended to overcome the more common
barriers to successful community development. These
workshop themes were “Group Facilitation”,
“Understanding Interpersonal Conﬂict”, and
“Leadership Skills”, developed in response to recurring
issues in community development in rural areas. The
workshops were delivered to almost 400 participants
over the course of two years, along with accompanying
resource booklets and workshop handouts.
Engaging NB communities in an asset-oriented
dialogue fostered pride and a sense of ownership over
local resources, sparking the creation of economic
action plans in response to recent mill closures, and the
development of a Forest Goods and Services Directory,
for local forest products.
Our sustainability education programs for classrooms
reached approximately 1000 students per year, offering
an increasingly diverse range of experiential,
curriculum-linked, indoor and outdoor classroom
workshops. We developed the capacity to meet the
curriculum needs of nearly every grade level, offering a
range of topics including biodiversity and ecosystem
function, fair trade, food security, green technology,
governance, and local stewardship.
Strategic Goals Summary
Program/Goal Research and Apply and Promote and
Develop Demonstrate Encourage
Community Informal skill-building/ Positive organizational Global worldview
leadership programs practices and culture
Community celebrations and
Education Sustainability A model integrated living and skill-building opportunities
Education modules Sustainable consumer
Use of appreciative inquiry behaviour
Training opportunities for models for community action
educators planning Critical thinking about our
aﬀect on ecosystems
Organic Permacultural, carbon neutral Organic production Awareness of local food
and appropriate food sources
production systems Traditional, biodynamic and
permaculture techniques Consumption of organic and
Creative food storage and fair trade goods
processing solutions. Eﬀective nutrient
management New organic farmers
Sustainable, just marketing Organic certiﬁcation Consumption of local,
models seasonal goods
Healthy, balanced eating
Appropriate Improved onsite energy Improved energy Awareness of energy
systems and eﬃciency plan eﬃciency in all onsite eﬃciency
Renewable Energy Improved, relevant RE Use of eﬃciency in building
workshop content RE systems meet national system design
Solar electriﬁcation kits for Renewable energy to oﬀset
Latin America Oﬀ-grid best practices energy expenses
Policy change to better
Forest Biodiversity restoration Maintenance and restoration Consumer support of local
methods for multiple ecosystem types forest products
Climate change adaptation Restoration nurseries Community-based forest
Community forestry opportunities Long-term vision of forest
Strategies to maintain
environmental services Forestry apprenticeships
Work in Make the Global Links
Students, teachers and Gender equality
Model community economic
Sustainability education development in the bounds of
networks in region ecosystems
Like-minded organizations Promote and support
and institutions microenterprise
Local governments, rural Share stories to inspire action
communities, and neighbours on climate change
Farmer-to-farmer and farmer- Farm market networks to
to-market networks promote participatory
Organic agriculture networks
Kitchen gardening and forest
Promote sharing of ideas, gardens for food sovereignty
Energy groups that hold Develop technologies and
similar goals techniques to improve
appropriate and renewable
Expand work opportunities technology
in appropriate technology and
renewable energy Build internship
Improve livelihoods using
Protect Crown Lands, Skill exchanges in biodiversity
promote community forestry restoration
Collaborate with Forest Transition from mono to
Stewardship Council (FSC) polycultural land use
Non-timber forest products;
Analog Forestry Network Ecotourism
Demonstrations to aﬀect
Promote and Encourage:
Awareness of locally available foods and local
The Organic Agriculture program addresses the marketplaces, including farmers’ markets, roadsides
revitalization of rural agrarian economies with a stands, farm-gate sales, home delivery services and
focus on organic agriculture and local markets. Falls CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
Brook Centre understands healthy, appropriate, safe Consumption of fair trade products and increased
food to be the foundation of healthy communities. awareness of the origin of imported commodities in
This understanding commits us to the organic Canada.
agriculture principles, the consumption of locally
produced foods, and food sovereignty for all New organic farmers’ education by promoting and
communities. hosting organic farm apprenticeships.
Increased consumption of locally produced, organic
goods in place of conventional, imported products,
Research and Develop: leading to stronger, more secure local food systems.
Appropriate permaculture design systems to improve Healthy, balanced eating habits based on locally
current food production onsite, in New Brunswick available foods.
Locally feasible carbon-neutral solutions for multiple
scales of food production. Work in Partnerships:
Creative food storage solutions for food produced With local, regional, national and international
locally and in partner countries, including value- farmer-to-farmer and farmer-to-market networks to
added products and processing. promote sharing of ideas and innovative solutions
Sustainable, fair marketing models for small
producers. With organic agriculture networks to encourage the
growth of organic agricultural practices locally and
Apply and Demonstrate: Make the Global Links:
Production of high-quality, organic food using Continue working with farmer-to-farmer networks in
organic principles combined with local traditions, Mexico and elsewhere to promote participatory
permaculture design, and biodynamic techniques. organic certiﬁcation and consumer education.
Effective nutrient management and composting Support food sovereignty in project partner
systems according to organic standards. communities by sharing kitchen garden and forest
Certiﬁcation of organic food production by national garden techniques with women and families.
and international certifying bodies. Support global knowledge and skill exchanges in
organic food production.
Abundant vegetable gardens feed staff and interns through the year
Tree seed from the Acadian Forest
Community-based sustainable forest management,
Forest Stewardship including co-operative land management and
Falls Brook Centre strives to maintain and restore the
diverse, life-giving forests in New Brunswick and Protection and sustainable use of local forests,
around the world, by working to restore biodiversity stemming from a long-term vision of stewardship.
in degraded areas, assisting forest-based communities The establishment of a forest stewardship
with land management and joining with others to apprenticeship program in New Brunswick.
change policies that undermine our ecosystems and
the species that depend on them. We intend to work
for the restoration of forests and watersheds, with the Work in Partnerships:
goal of preserving their ecological, social and
With the Crown Lands Coalition in New Brunswick,
economic life support systems.
the Community Forestry Coalition at a national level,
and the Forest Stewardship Council internationally,
Research and Develop: as well as exploring new partnerships with other
forest stewardship oriented organizations.
Biodiversity restoration methodologies in degraded
areas. As the North American ofﬁce of the International
Analog Forestry Network (IAFN).
Climate change adaptation methodologies for fragile
Community forestry models based on ecological land Make the Global Links:
management and governed by communities. Foster knowledge exchanges in biodiversity
Strategies for ensuring the long term viability of restoration techniques.
environmental goods and services. Encourage land management strategies to transition
from monoculture to polyculture.
Apply and Demonstrate: Strengthen income generation derived from non-
timber forest products and eco-tourism.
Biodiversity restoration and maintenance in project
sites. Use demonstrations of land management to inform
and change national forest policies in partner
Restoration techniques for wetlands, forest gardens, countries.
non-timber forest products and ecosystem services.
Continue working in Cuba to restore biological
Restoration nurseries for native tree, shrub and plant diversity and income generating opportunities
species. throughout Cuba using Analog Forestry.
Opportunities for small enterprise based on non- Mangrove restoration and subsequent community
timber forest products. beneﬁts, including ﬁsh and crustacean habitat
restoration, ecotourism, and ecological services along
the Atlantic Coast of Honduras.
Promote and Encourage:
Expand international internship opportunities and
Consumer support of local forest products through
partnerships in forest stewardship.
forestry-themed community events and festivals,
publications and workshops.
Net-metered demonstration site Staff and Interns
Appropriate Technology The use of appropriate renewable energy technology
as a means of offsetting energy expenditures in
and Renewable Energy homes, businesses and other buildings, and reducing
reliance on fossil fuels.
In the face of global resource depletion and a Policy changes to further integrate renewable energy
changing global climate, Falls Brook Centre engages into provincial and national production regimes.
individuals and communities on the importance of Work in Partnerships:
resource conservation through behavioural changes,
increased efﬁciency and the use of renewable energy With other like-minded energy groups with the aim
resources. of expanding opportunities for renewable energy
technologies in New Brunswick and around the
Research and Develop: Expand the international youth internship
Improved renewable energy systems for use onsite at placements in the renewable energy and appropriate
FBC. technology ﬁeld.
An energy efﬁciency plan for FBC site focused on Make the Global Links:
reduced dependency on fossil fuels. Developing technologies and techniques in
Improved, consistently relevant content for hands-on collaboration with our international partners to
public workshops in renewable energy system improve appropriate and renewable energy
installation and maintenance. technology applications.
Simple solar electriﬁcation kits for distribution in Improve the livelihoods of partner communities
partner communities in Latin America. around the world through expanded use of
Apply and Demonstrate: appropriate renewable technology.
All new buildings installed onsite will be energy
efﬁcient to the highest degree possible.
Improved renewable energy systems. Community Development
Best practices for off-grid living and energy efﬁciency
in grid-powered buildings. and Education
Culturally appropriate, low-cost, and low
The development of viable communities is an
maintenance technologies for housing, agriculture,
overarching goal for all the work Falls Brook Centre
cooking and energy.
carries out, while education is the vehicle that makes
Promote and Encourage: our work accessible and relevant to our partners,
Increased public awareness of energy efﬁciency audiences, and communities. We endeavour to
measures, using workshops, the Climate Change Bus explore, develop and deliver appropriate tools that
and other outreach tools. will equip individuals and communities with the
knowledge, vision and solidarity to build resilient and
The design of efﬁcient energy systems, homes, and vibrant rural places in New Brunswick and around
communities for reduced energy consumption. the world.
Research and Develop: Work in Partnerships:
Culturally and community speciﬁc skill-building and With local students, teachers, principals and
leadership programs for future ecological leaders and sustainability education networks to offer hands-on,
community groups. experiential, sustainability education as a
Training opportunities for formal and informal complement to classroom activities.
educators in sustainability topics using outdoor With the New Brunswick education department and
learning, experiential learning and other modes of education districts to further integrate sustainability
delivery. education into education policy.
Curriculum-linked sustainability education modules With rural communities, organizations and public
for classrooms that address ecology, citizenship, and institutions with a shared interest and local
global topics. government departments to build greater awareness
of and interest in the design, development and
maintenance of sustainable communities.
Apply and Demonstrate:
With our immediate neighbours in Knowlesville to
Processes of problem-solving and community-based build upon our vision of a truly vibrant and
decision-making to address economic and ecological ecologically viable rural community.
A living and working environment that integrates
organic food production, forest stewardship, Make the Global Links:
biodiversity restoration, and appropriate technology Promote models of community economic
use that can be adopted by local communities. development that operate within the bounds of the
Appreciative inquiry models like Community Asset natural ecosystem and that promote shared
Mapping for use in community action planning. responsibility and access to resources by women, men
Inspire action on climate change by sharing stories
Promote and Encourage: across borders about current affects of a changing
A global perspective that positively inﬂuences local climate.
behaviours towards stewardship, conservation, and Increase the visibility of FBC’s international partners
support of local economies. and projects through website improvements, visits
Community events and celebrations that generate from project representatives to New Brunswick, and
new ideas and energy and build skills while creating continuing to implement lessons learned from
bonds among community members. international partners locally.
Sustainable consumer behaviour such as buying local Use Community Asset Mapping to fully assess and
goods, organic products and fair trade commodities mobilize community resources.
wherever possible. Present and demonstrate alternatives to current
Critical thought and curiosity about human economic models.
communities’ connections with the environment and Expand international internship opportunities in
the impact of our actions upon it. community development.
Cuban children showing kitchen garden produce. Cuba Global Forest Congress
Tegan Wong-Daugherty and family, Eco-stars learning to be naturalist Listening to music at the Fair, an FBC
FBC staff repopulating Knowlesville! guides in Honduras annual celebration of rural living
FBC staff person, Emily Shapiro New arrivals at annual Free-School Childrenʼs Parliament at FBC
Leland Wong-Daugherty, staff artist Sorting winter apples for storage Sally Puelston, staff naturalist
Falls Brook Centre has become a truly unique and dynamic
place to work and learn, thanks to the diverse skills and
perspectives brought to us by our staff, volunteers, interns,
directors and visitors. We seek to strike a balance between
short-term and long-term staff members; this will be
caused by actively recruiting individuals who are Board of Directors
committed to living and working in a remote area while
continuing to welcome short-term visitors and employees. Bronwen Cunningham, Chairperson
We have worked to improve and standardize our practices Dr. Aaron Johnston, Vice Chair
surrounding communication, information management, Nicole McLaughlin, Secretary
program evaluation and planning. These actions will serve Marcelle Thibodeau, Treasurer
to ensure that we continue to be relevant and accountable
to all of our partners, stakeholders and audiences. Our Marc Connell
Policy Handbook and Board Handbook are updated on a Rev. Elaine Strawbridge
yearly basis where necessary; we will be introducing an Karen Hine
annual Operational Plan to complement the Strategic Plan
and guide project implementation; an organizational
review by the Board of Directors will be undertaken over Jean Arnold, Executive Director (ex oﬁcio)
the next three years; and our internal information network
continues to be backed up regularly, with the physical
backups being stored offsite.
At Falls Brook Centre, we are fortunate to have a strong
network of formal and informal partnerships with like-
minded organizations around the world and close to home.
We intend to make the most of these partnerships through
the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and by working
together to build practical examples of participatory
community development, biodiversity restoration and
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