Work on a Committee

Become an active participant in the process of realizing our dream for 70 beautiful acres of the former Guelph Reformatory.  To add your input to a committee, please contact

The standing committees are:

PEP, which now includes:

– with input from the Board, coordinate the planning and implementation of community and fundraising events
– work with the Promotion committee to maximize attendance
– support the Volunteer Coordinator in engaging and scheduling volunteers from the membership to implement the event
– assess the success of the event; recommend improvements  PROGRAMMING:
– develop year-round, seasonal programming relevant to 4 pillars of food, water, energy and heritage/culture that will engage the community
– develop programming tied to Ontario grades 4, 5, 6 science curriculum
– work with the Finance committee to develop a budget for each activity
– plan, implement and evaluate programs using a standardized form
– research possible in-kind donations of materials, services

– create and disseminate promotional materials such as brochures, buttons, bookmarks, flyers, posters
– manage social media: website, facebook, twitter

– create quarterly newsletter
– create more frequent ebulletins
– manage sending newsletters and ebulletins via Mailchimp or other platform

-determine strategies for promotion and ensure that they are followed;

-broaden the audience by determining how to engage the community in an inclusive way

includes treasurer, fundraising, grants acquisitions, audits, budgets
ensure the integrity and health of finances of the organization
review and recommend long-range financial plan based on strategic plan
review and recommend annual operating budget
review and recommend budgets for programs and events
research and apply for government and foundation grants
strategize, plan and implement fundraising i.e. events, projects, direct donations
strategize, plan and implement capital campaign for purchase of land
when needed, engage an auditor

– create policies to ensure that the organization works well
– review and revise by-laws as needed
– review and recommend organizational systems, such as internal communications, rules of meetings , policies such as rights and responsibilities of the Board
– oversee legal matters i.e. application for charitable status, hiring of staff

– oversee the process of purchasing the land
– build relationships locally, regionally and provincially with organizations,
politicians, public servants and others who will help champion the acquisition of the land, including the superintendent’s house
– continue current connections such as Ontario Land Trust Alliance, City of Guelph, Ontario Heritage Trust, various provincial Ministries