You can volunteer for a couple of hours, a day or on a regular basis. For example you can take a boat ride and collect water samples which can teach your kids about the environment and about volunteering.
URLA has been involved in several water quality testing programs over the years. URLA volunteers have collected water samples and measured water clarity and temperature numerous times each year for the Ministry of the Environment’s Lake Partner Program
We plan to set up a network of “buoy monitors”- persons living full time on the lake who can see the buoys from their properties. The monitors (there would have to be at least three) could keep an eye on the buoys in their area and notify us should a buoy come off its anchor.
The executive is comprised of volunteers committed to executing the activities of the Association.
School volunteer hours
Students can volunteer with the URLA and obtain credit towards their volunteer hours. As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999 (OSS), every student must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Volunteering with the URLA will students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities.
Roles and Responsibilities of Students
In consultation with their parents, students will select an activity or activities from the board’s list of approved activities, or choose an activity that is not on the list, provided that it is not an activity specified on the ministry’s and the board’s lists of ineligible activities. If the activity is not on the board’s list of approved activities, the student must obtain written approval from the principal before beginning the activity.
Before beginning any activity, students will provide the principal or other school contact with a completed “Notification of Planned Community Involvement Activities” (PDF, 88 KB) form indicating the activity or activities that they plan to do. This form must be signed by the student, and by his or her parent if the student is under eighteen years of age. More than one such form may be submitted when additional activities are planned that were not included on a previously submitted form.
A “Completion of Community Involvement Activities” (PDF, 82 KB) form must be completed by the student, the student’s parent (if the student is under eighteen years of age), and the community sponsor (that is, the person or organization that provided the community involvement opportunity for the student). The student must submit the form to the principal or other school contact upon completion of the 40 hours or at appropriate intervals determined by the principal.
URLA has recruited representatives from each road or other geographic entity, such as Westport, around our lake. These representatives perform a number of functions: they maintain and share with URLA a database of their road’s residents’ names, addresses and other contact information
Our AGM, annual general meeting is held around the second weekend in July.
Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation (RLEF)
The RLEF is a non-profit foundation that works with the BRLA and URLA to protect the lakes that we love. All RLEF directors are members of our local lake associations.
While our status as a foundation prevents us from taking a direct advocacy role, we continue to assist the lake associations in engaging with other stakeholders such as the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Parks Canada, M.N.R., Environment Ontario, and Township councils. The OMB Appeal on behalf of BRLA is an example of our assistance.
In the past we have contributed funding for the Big Rideau and Upper Rideau hazard markers, although our budgets did not permit doing so for the last two years. With your support we can ensure the markers continue to protect boaters traversing our waterways!
We’re a registered charity, get a tax receipt!
RLEF is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization. The CRA registration number for RLEF is 13978 9713 RR0001. As a registered charity, we will acknowledge your donation with a receipt that can be used for your income taxes. In addition, you can earmark your contribution for the navigation markers or for Westport Sewage Treatment oversight, if that is your preference. Donate now HERE
The Friends of Foley Mountain is a non-profit charitable organization which was established in 1996 by a group of Westport area residents. The Friends’ mission is to preserve and maintain Foley Mountain Conservation Area in its natural state for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. MORE
The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the valley of the Rideau River in Eastern Ontario.
The Conservation Foundation builds partnerships and seeks new individuals, corporations and groups wanting to get involved in the vital work of taking care of our own natural environment. MORE