10th Anniversary Gala a Great Success

The Edmonton and Area Land Trust’s 10th Anniversary Gala welcomed guests at City Hall on Oct 25th to celebrate a decade of local nature conservation. Guests were greeted with an EALT booklet, program and decadent EALT chocolates.

Feathered guests livened up the party, making it a hoot. They even got quite feathery with Minister Shannon Phillips.

As the conservation conscious guests mingled, they had the opportunity to view interactive displays to see EALT’s decade of success, firsthand. A map of the 2,240 acres of conserved lands was featured along side EALT’s Emerald Award, all next to a sign, newly constructed by our indigenous partners, amiskwaciy Academy. Other displays featured our extremely popular Protecting Pollinators project, EALT’s much-admired volunteer program, môswa the new publicly-voted name for our mooscot, and so much more.

The gala event included an impressive lineup of speakers including Minister Shannon Phillips, John Acorn, Micheal Phair, Michael Walters, and EALT’s own Pam Wight and Glen Thoman.

Just a few highlights from the inspiring speeches are quoted below.

The past decade for Edmonton and Area Land Trust, they have done some incredible work to undertake conservation in the public interest in and around Edmonton, maintaining biodiversity, providing habitat for wildlife, and opportunities for people to be in nature.
— The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office
Another big move ... is to recover the spaces that were lost wrongly, although maybe temporarily distracted from their best purpose, which is why land trusts are essential to preserving what we know, and to helping us imagine the kind of city we should build, since they are about preserving the environment, they’re about preserving green spaces, and about preserving our memories of what land is best used for.
— Michael Walters, Councillor, City of Edmonton
[There is] a lot of concern about what conservation can do about climate change. Do land trusts conserve species? And my answer is yes! They do and it’s wonderful and I thank you all for the work you’re doing. The more area you have, the more species you will find in that land. You know, I look at what the Edmonton and Area Land Trust is doing: you set aside more land in a natural state and you’re going to protect and preserve more species and you’re going to provide an environment that species can move through and in which these dynamic changes in ecology can happen.
— John Acorn, University of Alberta professor, renowned biologist, Nature Nut
Together as partnerships we can do this type of thing, and by we I mean you! I see land donors out here today; I see all kinds of financial donors; I see people who volunteered over the years; and I see people who maybe are advocates. But advocacy is important for the land trust, and for conservation. Because you know, it takes a community to build conservation. Thank you all very much.
— Pam Wight, Executive Director, Edmonton and Area Land Trust

Guests enjoyed nibbling hors d’oeuvres, while enjoying the educational displays and each other’s company, as period musicians played in the background, lending an elegant ambiance to the celebration.