A note from the Executive Director
As the New Year starts and I reflect on our mission and its impact for the Great Lakes, I am compelled to thank the hundreds of people who have worked with us during the last year. First and foremost, thanks to the more than 200 individuals from 112 organizations who have led, supported, and collaborated on the projects we’ve funded. Your persistence, dedication, and impact during a public health crisis are inspiring. You are creating new tools, new approaches, and better strategies to make the Lakes healthier.
Thank you to the hundreds of advisors and experts who have volunteered your valuable time to help us do our work better. We are better because of the hours each of our experts have spent helping us shape our programming and offering constructive feedback to prospective project teams. Thanks too to those who participated in our external evaluation. We have already put your honest, often direct, and constructive advice to work in our internal operations, and you’ll all be seeing more about this effort soon.
I want to thank the recipients of the 2020 Great Lakes leadership Awards for Excellence in Communication as well. We are thrilled to recognize your efforts to highlight the victories we share in protecting the world’s premier freshwater ecosystem, but also the challenges we face. You are essential to connecting this fantastic ecosystem to the people that live near and benefit from it.
Last, let me offer some thanks in advance to those with whom we will be working in the New Year. As always, we’ll be seeking new advice and expertise as we start up new project teams. To help replace those informal chats in the hallways or at happy hours at the events where we usually see one another—we invite you to share ideas about the opportunities you see to improve the health of the basin ecosystem—particularly those where small innovations create transformational change. Help us build a better normal!
Be safe and well,