CVC Strategic Plan

Our Future Taking Shape – Strategic Plan 2020 – 2022

It was with great excitement that we launched Our Future to Shape, our strategic plan for 2015-2019. We accomplished a lot within five years, but there is much more to do as we continue to face challenges to the natural environment such as climate change, rapid urban growth and invasive species.

When we began down the path of updating our strategic plan, it was impossible to imagine the barriers we would face that challenged our progress. We persevered and are now pleased to present Our Future Taking Shape, Credit Valley Conservation’s Strategic Plan for 2020-2022. It outlines our vision, mission, values and commitments that guide our operations. There are eight goals with associated outcomes and directions.

Our Vision

A thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.

Our vision is our desired end-state for our local environment and communities. It guides every aspect of our work by describing what is required to sustain our quality of life.

Our Mission

Together, we conserve, restore, develop and manage the natural resources of the Credit River Watershed through the power of science, education, policy, planning and leadership.

Our mission is our reason for being. It provides a path to achieve our shared vision.

Our Values

Our values guide our actions. They represent who we are as people and as an organization. They factor into every decision made at every level. As our organization evolves, our values remain a constant source of inspiration and guidance.

  • Leadership: We lead by example. We inspire and empower the community and our partners.
  • Service: We are responsive and professional in our interactions with the public, our partners and among ourselves.
  • Collaboration: We work together and with our volunteers, partners and the community to achieve shared goals.
  • Accountability: We are accountable to taxpayers, our partners and donors. Above all, we are accountable to the environment.
  • Integrity: We are consistent, honest, ethical and make decisions based on the best available science.
  • Excellence: We continually learn and improve to be the best we can be.
  • Innovation: We encourage new and creative technologies and approaches.
  • Holistic Thinking: We see the big picture and recognize the interconnectedness of elements that form larger systems.
  • Inclusiveness: We value the diverse perspectives, work experiences, lifestyles and cultures that together inform the work we do.
  • Spirit: We help each other, give back to the community and celebrate achievements.

Our Commitments

  • Stewardship of Land and Water: We are thoughtful and principled stewards of Credit
    Valley Conservation’s publicly held land and water and partners in the stewardship of our
    entire watershed.
  • Accountability: We are accountable to the residents of the Credit River Watershed,
    conservation area visitors, donors, our partners and, above all, the environment.
  • Indigenous Peoples: We are committed to partnering with Indigenous nations,
    communities and peoples to advance reconciliation though our work and practices.
  • Service: We provide our customers, clients, partners and visitors with customer-focused
    programs and services that protect people and communities and connect people with nature.
  • Staff: We support, engage and develop our people, fostering a culture of inclusiveness,
    health and safety, well-being, excellence, and leadership.
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