Chairman’s Report


2018 ANNUAL REPORT ON THE OTTAWA BIOSPHERE ECO-CITY (OBEC)

First, thank you Sustainable Eastern Ontario for bookkeeping & fundraising support.

BUILDING ON SUCCESSES

In 2018 OBEC’s iconic Database of Sustainability Projects became even more attractive and easy to use (thanks to Bob). The school sustainability planning model was adapted to create the Hintonburg Community Sustainability Plan. Helping were two Queen Elizabeth Scholars from Malawi (thanks Alinafe and Chimwemwe). The Community Foundation of Ottawa agreed to fund three more community sustainability plans in 2019. Public Workshops on Themes of Sustainability continued, with topics of transportation and energy. And the annual general meeting remained an enjoyable event with keynote speaker Jill Sturdy on Naturehood.

SERVING MEMBERS BETTER

Training/Information sessions in OBEC Council featured performance measurement, interview preparation, engaging volunteers, and public speaking. Also, a content management system was initiated and members will soon have easy access to key documents (thanks Michelle).

INCREASING OUTREACH

We’re receiving quite positive comments on OBEC’s Website (thanks to Emad). Check it out for project reports, virtual Theme workshops, sustainability plans, and other information. Added to this were Facebook and Twitter messages for activities (thanks Yinyan). A national website is under development (thanks Jacob and Emad). OBEC Partnered with Water Rangers to support the sale of its water test kits. Participation in the National Capital Environmental Non-profit Network was ongoing, and Quarterly Reports to UNESCO continued.

MODIFYING THE ORGANIZATION

In 2018 OBEC simplified its structure, removing the committees that supervised teams.

Also, it strengthened teams for Admin & Human Resources (Amanda, Kevin, Michelle, Rob) and Communication (Jacob, James, Yinyan). The Fundraising Committee moved to the OBEC Board with an external advisor (thanks Kristina). The OBEC Council will convert to a Council of Stakeholders for all of Ottawa, to be launched on 24 May 2019. Previous OBEC Council members may attend open OBEC board meetings quarterly (beginning in March).

PREPARE FOR FUTURE GROWTH

OBEC is developing a Quality Management System on ISO 9001 standard (thanks Moez), for better results assessment. It is also focusing on fundraising for the future (thanks Jordan & Jen).

Jim Birtch, OBEC Chair, 28 January 2019