Strategic Plan

Introduction

Friends of Wabakimi (FOW) is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in the Province of Ontario, Canada. FOW members annually elect a volunteer Board of Directors (the Board) to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Corporation in order to achieve the objects (or purposes) and provisions set out in its Letters Patent issued October 2, 2014.

This Strategic Plan, prepared by the President, presents the Corporation's vision and mission statements, organisational principles, long-term goals and supporting strategies. It may be amended from time to time as required and will be reviewed and evaluated before a replacement plan is developed and adopted.

Short-term targets will be developed and incorporated into each successive one-year Operational Plan to support the strategies and achieve the long-term goals set out in this Strategic Plan.

Vision Statement

The Wabakimi Area shall be an exceptional wilderness recreation destination for the benefit of present and future generations of visitors.

Mission Statement

Through volunteer stewardship initiatives and in collaboration with government agencies, non- government organisations (NGOs), First Nations, resource-based industries and other stakeholders, FOW will participate in planning processes to advocate the protection and preservation of the diverse natural, cultural and historical resources of the Wabakimi Area.

Organisational Principles

FOW willl embrace the following organisational principles in the conduct of its affairs:

  • Operate in an honest, open, transparent, constructive and respectful manner;
  • Develop relationships in a spirit of collaboration and not of confrontation;
  • Adopt positions and develop strategies based on sound science and research;
  • Make decisions based on consensus;
  • Practise sound evidence-based decision making;
  • Encourage the commitment and volunteer contributions of members;
  • Engage all who respect and support the vision, mission and values of FOW; and,
  • Acknowledge and respect traditional treaty rights and privileges of First Nations.

Goals & Strategies

FOW will strive to achieve the following goals using the strategies listed for each:

1. FOW will actively advocate for the protection and preservation of the diverse natural, cultural and historical resources of the Wabakimi Area.

FOW will achieve this goal through the following strategies:

  • Engage and collaborate with government agencies, NGOs, First Nations, tourism and resource-based industries, and other stakeholders;
  • Develop partnerships with, or memberships in, government agencies and NGOs that share and respect the the interests, vision, mission and values of FOW;
  • Actively campaign for conservation of the ecological integrity of the Wabakimi Area;
  • Monitor and actively participate in land-use planning exercises that impact the ecological integrity or wilderness recreational opportunities of the Wabakimi Area;
  • Support sustainable economic development that does not disturb or threaten the ecological integrity or wilderness recreational opportunities of the Wabakimi Area;
  • Identify strategies to mitigate the impact of threats to the ecological integrity or wilderness recreational opportunities of the Wabakimi Area;
  • Issue timely news releases to print and electronic media to address threats to the ecological integrity or wilderness recreational opportunities of the Wabakimi Area; and,
  • Encourage visitors to the Wabakimi Area to practise recognised, sustainable land-use principles such as Leave No Trace.

2. FOW will ensure existing canoe routes and related land-based values in the Wabakimi Area are identified, recognized, maintained and improved.

FOW will achieve this goal through the following strategies:

  • Identify potential canoe routes through research of extant maps, reports and journals;
  • Mount volunteer expeditions to confirm and document the existence and current condition of identified canoe routes;
  • Document the location and measured lengths of portages, and inventory the locations and capacity of backcountry campsites of identified canoe routes;
  • Collect current canoe route information contributed by visitors to the Wabakimi Area;
  • Collaborate with Ontario Parks and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) to ensure accurate and complete canoe route information is registered in the MNRF Natural Resources Values Information System (NRVIS) data base and in all MNRF publications;
  • Collaborate wih forest management planners to ensure accurate and complete canoe route information is rendered on forest management values maps; and,
  • Develop stewardship initiatives in co-operation with Ontario Parks and MNRF to rehabilitate, maintain and improve canoe routes identified in NRVIS.
  • Report impacts of human use and threats to the Wabakimi Area (e.g., poaching, trash sites, forest fires, etc.) to appropriate authorities.

3. FOW will be the leading source of current, accurate information about sustainable wilderness recreation opportunities in the Wabakimi Area.

FOW will achieve this goal through the following strategies:

  • Develop and publish Wabakimi Canoe Route Maps booklets of canoe route maps;
  • Develop and publish a Wabakimi Canoe Routes Planning Map;
  • Compile and publish a comprehensive list of canoe route launch sites;
  • Compile and publish a list of resource-based tourism establishments;
  • Publish visitor information on the corporate website and social media pages;
  • Develop and publish printed and electronic educational materials to enhance visitor experiences in the Wabakimi Area;
  • Mount an annual speaking tour to promote visitation to the Wabakimi Area;
  • Participate in major paddling events, symposia and expositions;
  • Submit articles to commercial print and electronic media to promote sustainable wilderness recreation in the Wabakimi Area;
  • Offer complementary canoe route and trip planning advice to FOW members.

4. FOW will strengthen its capacity to successfully deliver its mission.

FOW will achieve this goal through the following strategies:

  • Develop a comprehensive and sustainable revenue stream from a broad-based, active and robust membership, corporate sponsorships, sound fundraising activities including the sale of goods, grants, donations, gifts and bequests to manage the day-to-day affairs and to achieve the objects (or purposes) of the Corporation;
  • Develop strong, productive and respectful partnerships with government agencies; NGOs, First Nations, tourism and resource-based industries, and other stakeholders to promote protection and preservation of the diverse natural, cultural and historical resources of the Wabakimi Area and to help the Corporation achieve its objects (or purposes);
  • Improve knowledge of natural resource management and conservation biology,
  • Develop public outreach educational programs;
  • Instill a culture of continuous evaluation and improvement in all corporate affairs;
  • Develop a succession plan to recruit future Board members and select Officers;
  • Design effective induction programs for new Directors and Officers;
  • Conduct regular analyses to measure the Corporation's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT); and,
  • Report regularly to FOW members regarding strategic planning results and outcomes.



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