We are delighted to share some very exciting news about our project to re-establish Quebec Lodge. After several lengthy, unfortunate delays, we are finally ready to move forward with the new camp.
The initial postponement was caused by a lawsuit filed against the Anglican Diocese of Quebec by the owner of the adjoining property. That issue now having been settled in favour of the Diocese, the Bishop is ready to transfer ownership of the land to the Foundation.
In addition, it has been necessary to revise our charitable registration since the Foundation is no longer affiliated with the Anglican Church. It is well known that the Canada Revenue Agency moves very slowly, so this process has been lengthy and frustrating. Finally, our application has been approved, and we are again in a position to issue tax receipts. Our revised objectives are educational, and our programme will be based on environmental awareness and stewardship.
Ironically, these delays have been a blessing; we will be moving forward with a plan that is better and more focused. We have continued to meet regularly and have moved ahead with developing the educational programme and planning the camp infrastructure. To develop the curriculum we have been working closely with the Environmental Studies and Education Departments at Bishop’s University and members of the Quebec Lodge community. Dr. Avril Aitken, Bill Crooks, Duncan Plaunt, James Oliver, Dr. Darren Bardati, Vincent Nedelec – these are the dedicated group who have created a programme which takes advantage of the rich natural resources available on the property. We are excited about our partnership with the University and look forward to employing students to deliver the programme.
Our implementation team, under the leadership of Brian Wharry, our Camp Director, is also hard at work. We plan to offer a day camp in the summer of 2016 as we continue to work on the infrastructure for the residential camp. Meanwhile, we are pursuing the goal of creating a large nature preserve on the property and have consulted with the Massawippi Foundation about this project.
Despite the fact that the development of the camp infrastructure has been delayed for two years, all the members of the Foundation remain dedicated to the cause. Moreover, it appears that none of our donors have withdrawn their pledges. Due to these various delays we have not been in a position to receive donations for several years, but, happily, we are now ready to move forward. We greatly appreciate your support, as we would not have been able to reach our goal of raising $1.5 million without the financial commitment represented by your pledges.
We would be delighted to share additional information with you. Please visit our website at www.quebeclodge.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much for your patience and continued support through these long delays. We trust you share our joy and excitement as we move forward with the creation of the new Quebec Lodge.
Ruth Sheeran Stephen Stafford
President and Campaign Director and Campaign