Tri-Valley Conservation Awards Gala – October 22, 2008
Community Group Category

Presented by Dell Hallett, RVCA General Manager

Karen Hunt, David Reesor & Dell Hallett

Photo by ORMG (Ottawa Region Media Group)

The Otty Lake Association produced the Rideau’s first Lake Management Plan with hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours. Lake Management planning is not for the feint of heart. It requires community vision and community support – which can be a tall order depending on individual interests and needs. But if you work through the challenges, the struggles and the long hours, you can end up with a plan that will help protect and sustain the health of the lake for future generations. Lake Association volunteers worked closely with the community, municipalities and other agencies to develop a community vision and community supported plan. Congratulations to the Otty Lake Association on the successful completion and future implementation of their Lake Management Plan.

Andrea Klymko, Karen Hunt & David Reesor accepting FOCA's Jerry Strickland Award from Roslyn Moore, FOCA Vice President at the FOCA Fall Seminar
The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Association (FOCA) Presentation of the Jerry Strickland Award Nov. 22, 2008
FOCA presented the OLA with the 2008 Jerry Strickland Award in recognition of “their leadership, pivotal role in regional networking, developing new partnerships, and demonstrating that waterfront communities can achieve their long-term goals through concerted and collaborative effort.”
Jerry Strickland was a former executive director and friend of FOCA who died in 1995. According to FOCA, the purpose of the award is to recognize the importance to Ontario cottagers of the issues that Jerry worked on and fought for over the years while he was at the helm of FOCA. It is presented annually to “a cottage association that has realized a significant accomplishment which benefits Ontario cottagers in general and/or demonstrated innovation in its work with its members and surrounding area.”