Town of Oakville Councillor Tom Adams was acclaimed as Chair of Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) at the inaugural 2022 board meeting held Friday, January 21. Councillor Adams has served on the CVC board since 2011. He takes over for Mississauga Councillor Karen Ras, who held the position since 2019.
“The challenges facing our watershed communities in recent years has brought into focus the critical need to protect and enhance our local environment. I look forward to engaging with my colleagues, our dedicated staff, partners, neighbours and businesses across the watershed as we collectively work toward a thriving environment and adapt to our changing climate,” said Councillor Adams.
Councillor Adams served as CVC’s Vice Chair in 2013 and from 2019-2022. He has worked to protect natural lands, build and renew infrastructure and strengthen municipal finances. He has a strong focus on the natural environment and was part of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Task Force on Climate Change. He is a Municipal Leader for the Greenbelt supporting protection of natural lands and building complete communities. He has been a land steward for the Bruce Trail Association and is a volunteer caretaker for a section of Oakville’s Morrison Creek.
The CVC Board of Directors also acclaimed Town of Caledon Councillor Johanna Downey as Vice Chair. Councillor Downey has served on the CVC board since 2015. She is a life-long resident of Caledon and active community volunteer. Having lived in the village of Bolton and on rural farm properties, she represents both a growing urban area and much of Caledon’s rich agricultural lands. She strongly supports planning principals that feature active transportation, community hubs and green spaces.
The CVC board consists of 12 members from watershed municipalities, all of whom were also reappointed to the Credit Valley Source Protection Authority:
- Tom Adams, Ward 6, Town of Oakville and Region of Halton Councillor
- Johanna Downey, Ward 2, Town of Caledon and Region of Peel Councillor
- Martin Medeiros, Wards 3 and 4, City of Brampton and Region of Peel Councillor
- Michael Palleschi, Wards 2 and 6, City of Brampton and Region of Peel Councillor
- Karen Ras, Ward 2, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor, until January 31, 2022, pending communication of a replacement from the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel
- Ron Starr, Ward 6, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor
- Stephen Dasko, Ward 1, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor
- Matt Mahoney, Ward 8, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor
- Ann Lawlor, Ward 4 Councillor, Town of Halton Hills
- John Brennan, Councillor, Town of Erin
- Grant Peters, Councillor, Town of Orangeville
- John Stirk, Deputy Mayor, Township of East Garafraxa
CVC is accountable through its Board of Directors to the municipalities and residents in the Credit River Watershed. The board approves and guides CVC policies, programs, projects and sets its annual budget.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Photo: Tom Adams, CVC Chair and Town of Oakville Councillor
Photo: Johanna Downey, CVC Vice Chair and Town of Caledon Councillor
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