By Patricia Lowe, Director Community Engagement, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA)
A Business Continuity Plan has assisted Central Lake Ontario Conservation with the closure of its offices and Conservation Areas in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Like other businesses in Oshawa it is anything but business as usual, but business continues nonetheless. Our Virtual Private Network has allowed our complement of staff from all departments to work from home and continue to review plans for development and provide permits, ensure we continue with flood warning and forecasting, maintenance of our properties, but not unfortunately to generate the awe and wonder associated with our watershed in the spring.
That being said, we have shared a great bedtime story, 9 chapters in all and the 10th chapter the kids can write themselves. The story is about a very special bird that initiates spring in Oshawa every year, even amidst a pandemic. Look for Taylor’s Pheobes, on the new Central Lake Ontario Conservation Kids web page.
Thank you to our partners at CLOCA for sharing their experiences and how they continue to engage the community. We highly encourage you to visit the website, read Taylor’s Pheobes, and try their at home activities for yourself