NPCA Letterhead with surrounding greenery
NPCA Letterhead with surrounding greenery

10.05.2020

NPCA ANNOUNCES JACKIE OBLAK ELECTED CHAIR OF PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

On behalf of its Board of Directors and members of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC), the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is pleased to announce Jackie Oblak has been elected Chair of the Public Advisory Committee.

“The Public Advisory Committee acts as an important liaison between Niagara, Haldimand, and Hamilton residents and the NPCA,” says Jackie Oblak, Public Advisory Committee Chair. “I plan to support the PAC through encouraging participation, respectful dialogue, and sharing of perspectives. I look forward to working with, and learning from, this amazing group of people.” 

Ms. Oblak now serves as Chair of the Committee, in addition to her position as the PAC’s Environmental Sector Representative. Her extensive volunteer and committee experience includes previous roles as Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee and Chair of the Torbolton Forest Advisory Committee. Throughout her career, she has worked on projects in climate change adaptation, source water protection, environmental land use planning, species at risk protection, and was involved in initiating the Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust. Ms. Oblak was an environmental educator for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s Bill Mason Centre, (BMC), working with thousands of children in the BMC’s “natural classroom”.

“The mandate of the Public Advisory Committee is to provide collaborative local perspective, guidance and expert advice in the implementation of NPCA’s policies, plans and other issues as the Board of Directors may require,” says Brenda Johnson, NPCA Board Chair. “Jackie brings a great mix of skills to this Committee as the newly elected Chair, including a background in governance and environmental research which will be key in supporting the objectives of the PAC. With two vacant seats yet to be filled, we hope other members of the community will be encouraged to apply and participate in this meaningful work.”

Several recent changes to the PAC Terms of Reference have included additional representation for both First Nations and Metis communities and added members from the Agriculture, and Conservation Area User/Volunteers sectors. There are currently two vacant positions available on the PAC for Development Sector and Public-at-Large. Application period is open for both vacancies until October 30.

To learn more about the PAC or to apply for a vacant position, visit https://getinvolved.npca.ca/public-advisory-committee. Learn more about the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, visit www.npca.ca. Follow Facebook and Twitter for more updates.  

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About NPCA:

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 60 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management.

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture, and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.

Questions related to the above release should be directed to:
Erika Navarro, Communications Specialist
905.788.3135 ext.262
Mobile: 905-650-4027
enavarro@npca.ca