A letter from Katherine Willow

The Carp Ridge Learning Centre (LC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to teach, model and facilitate healing and sustainability with an emphasis on our local community.

Over the last several years, the focus of the LC has been in setting up and running the first Forest School in North America as well as a wilderness program for homeschoolers, monthly families in nature walks and various children’s camps.

Now our attention is on developing programs about health, healing and sustainable living for the inhabitants of West Carleton in rural Ottawa, starting with a survey of needs together with other interested partners in the community.

Our other important goal is to restructure our board from a working board to one that is more hands-off, visionary and consultative, while making sure that all the programming, legal and financial obligations of the charity are met.

The Carp Ridge Learning Centre is currently run by a board of three directors and several volunteers and managed by an executive director, Marlene Power, with a dedicated staff. As we are coming up to our AGM in September, we are looking for new people to join us in our next steps.

If you are interested in contributing to your community, have a holistic philosophy and want to create a sustainable future for planet earth, we invite you to join our board of directors.

We sincerely hope that you will contact us for an initial tour and interview to learn more about the position of board member for this exciting and innovative organization. We have much to offer our neighbours in West Carleton and hope to act as a template for similar centres in other communities over the decades.

Please contact me at your convenience for an interview — I look forward to answering your questions and explaining in more depth what it means to be on our board: vision, responsibilities, specific projects, meeting commitments and insurance coverage. Our website is: www.carpridgelearningcentre.ca

Warm regards,
(Founder and volunteer board member, on behalf of the rest of the board)