What is the South Shore Joint Initiative’s mission and vision for the South Shore?

 South Shore Joint Initiative (SSJI) is a coalition of individual members and partner organizations working to protect Prince Edward County’s South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) in order to maintain or increase the biodiversity of its terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Members are Prince Edward County-based individuals who support the objectives of SSJI. Partners are individuals and organizations who wish to support particular objectives and initiatives of South Shore Joint Initiative as part of the larger coalition to protect the South Shore IBA. Together, we are working to increase the conservation of Canada’s last undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline and public lands.

 

What organizations are involved in the South Shore Joint Initiative?

Founded in 2018, the South Shore Joint Initiative currently includes nine local, provincial and national partners. They include: Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County, Birds Canada, County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy, Kingston Field Naturalists, Nature Canada, Ontario Nature and Quinte Field Naturalists.

               

 

Who is part of the South Shore Joint Initiative? How can I contact the South Shore Joint Initiative?

The South Shore Joint Initiative is governed by a board of directors elected by its members. For 2020/2021, the board includes president John Hirsch; vice president Cheryl Anderson as well as directors Dick Bird, Amy Bodman, Chris Currie, John Foster and Myrna Wood. The board is also supported by network organizer Megan Miller.

To learn more about the South Shore Joint Initiative, please send an email to southshoreji@gmail.com or call 613-849-7743 and we will connect with you directly. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Instagram by following @southshorejointinitiative.

 

Is the South Shore Joint Initiative a charity? Can I get a tax receipt if I donate?

The South Shore Joint Initiative is an incorporated non-profit. It represents nine local, regional and national organizations that have come together for the first time to advocate for more conservation and protection of the lands and surrounding waters of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Area in the South Shore of Prince Edward County. Donations to the South Shore Joint Initiative are not eligible for a tax receipt.

 

How does the South Shore Joint Initiative fund its work?

The essential work of SSJI is funded through donations and memberships. Currently we have a grant from three foundations to fund a campaign to achieve Conservation Reserve designations for Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area and Ostrander Point Crown Land Block.

 

How can I help the South Shore Joint Initiative?

Thanks for asking! There are many ways that you can help preserve and protect Prince Edward County’s South Shore. Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Reading news and updates about the South Shore by following @southshorejointinitiative on Facebookand Instagram, liking and sharing our social media content
  2. Sharing your South Shore photos and stories on Facebookand Instagram and tagging @southshorejointinitiative and/or #southshorejointinitiative
  3. Sending an email and/or writing a letter of support to government officials and telling them why the South Shore is important to you
  4. Becoming an annual member of the South Shore Joint Initiative
  5. Attending events – such as South Shore Strolls – hosted by South Shore Joint Initiative volunteers
  6. Volunteering with us at an event or by participating in our communications and advocacy activities
  7. Donating to support conservation projects and activities in the South Shore as well as our operations
  8. Considering opportunities to donate your privately-owned South Shore lands to a land trust
  9. Subscribing to our bi-monthly e-newsletter The South Shoreliner

If you have questions about getting involved with South Shore Joint Initiative, please send an email to southshoreji@gmail.com or call 613-849-7743 and we will connect with you directly.