Strategic Plan Project

Strength, Stability and Succession

The Peterborough Field Naturalists (PFN) have initiated the preparation of a strategic plan, thanks to support from the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund* (CSRF).


On August 22, 2023, the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough announced that the Peterborough Field Naturalists were successful in their application to the CSRF and will be receiving $15,700 to develop a five-year strategic plan. The strategic plan will support the PFN in moving ahead with a clearer vision, it will signal stability to its stakeholders, and it will ensure succession of the club for future naturalists. Key components of the strategic plan will include a communications strategy, governance training, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education.

The PFN Board of Directors prepared the application to the CSRF in February, 2023. A project team consisting of PFN directors Sue Paradisis, Anda Rungis, Fiona McKay, Ted Vale, Rene Gareau, and Shelley King have been carrying out the preliminary work. PFN member, Alan Sippel, will join the project team and work through the planning process with Arising Collective Strategic Consulting Services to complete the project by May, 2024.

PFN member input is essential to developing a strategic plan!

The engagement process will include an online survey for PFN members, volunteers and donors and interviews with key informants. Engagement with PFN members and partner organizations will ensure the plan is informed by those who interact with the PFN the most.

Thank you to all who took the time to provide input during November and December, 2023.

The Results — Strategic Planning Engagement Findings

*The Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF) is a one-time $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to help community service organizations, including charities, non- profits, and Indigenous governing bodies adapt, modernize and be better equipped the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services they provide through the to improve pandemic recovery and beyond.