Alex is in the middle of a habitat exploration, seeing how different creatures survive and build shelters using sticks, moss, needles, and cones.
You journeyed with A Rocha through a good and tragic year.
It was good because of the diverse and rich Creation care work done across Canada for people and places. You protected and supported 350,000 ha of land and over 12 species at risk. Salish Suckers, Barn Swallows, Yellow-banded bumble bees, Western Toads, and Northern Red-legged Frogs. You trained over 6,500 kids, young people and adults. It all happens through teaching and hands-on experiences in forests, on the farm and in the river. You nourished and inspired over 1000 people in need. These people find belonging through shared meals and accessible environmental education. The stories below give you a brief glimpse into how you’ve made a difference.
It was a tragic year because we lost dear friends in a tragic car accident. This impact report also acknowledges the pain, loss and heart-ache that so many of us feel. God’s loving embrace holds us together, and now more than ever, we cling to this love, for the sake of God’s world.
Thank you for caring for A Rocha through your prayers, words and gifts this year. We love and miss you Chris, Suzanna and Miranda.
For 20 years, the “5C’s” have been A Rocha Canada’s glue. These five commitments are: Conservation, Christian, Cross-cultural, Cooperation and Community. Yes, Chris Naylor and Miranda Harris played an essential role in holding A Rocha together. Their legacy is how we live out these 5C’s. These commitments continue to draw people into a unique way of offering hope, love and action. Our friends Loren & Mary-Ruth Wilkinson remind us of this vocation they termed “earthkeeping.”
Here’s to the next two decades of earthkeeping together!
Luke Wilson, CEO
Message from the Board Chair
Thank you, Luke, for giving me this opportunity to greet the A Rocha constituency on behalf of the A Rocha Canada Board. This past year has given me the joy of working together with a very dedicated Board team and with Luke in his first year as our CEO.
What a delight it is to read about A Rocha’s impact throughout 2019! We are, indeed, learning what it means to be earthkeepers, at times in sure leaps forward and at other times moving tentatively and experimentally. Truly we have much to learn and much to share.
Greetings to you all on behalf of your A Rocha Canada Board: Antoinette van Kuik (Chair), Tamar Koleba, Ledford Lilley (Treasurer), Sandra Manning, Ken Marr, Karen Reed and Barb Wernick.
Antoinette van Kuik