Leora Berman, is the Chief Operating Officer of the Land Between and the Charity’s Co-founder (along with the late Mr. Peter Alley). With a background in Economics and Environmental Science, as well as years of Program Management, Leora is the architect behind the organization, its constitution, vision, and responsible for day to day operations. She instilled an advanced vision to “tell the full bio-cultural story of The Land Between and its people; as it is our relationship with the patterns and resources of the landscape that shape our perspectives and behaviours, and so which influences our identity and culture.” Leora also has a strong belief in the capacity of nature and people for renewal, and that solutions are always available to achieve a balanced approach and effective results.
A dedicated group of individuals representing the common good, and representing landowners across the region that provide both a grassroots perspective and the benefit of felt experience to support the development of strategic directions and to ensure democratic and fair governance.
2016-17 Council Members:
- Tracey Taylor
- Lorenzo Whetung
- Peter Carruthers
- Keith Hodgson
- Gary Williams
- Sandy Agnew
- Les Clark
- Leora Berman, acting Secretary
Heritage-Place of Honor
Peter Alley, Forefather of The Land Between effort, was pioneering; during the Ontario Living Legacy years, Peter began to sense that there existed a unique area in between the Shield and St. Lawrence Lowlands. He saw that there were rock barrens here, but no where else, and the perhaps this region was unique in other ecological features and functions. With remarkable dedication Peter spent 10 years reaching out to individuals, governments and agencies to inspire interest and participation in characterizing and mapping this landscape. His determined ambition was to protect the significant natural features and ecosystem services for future generations. Peter persuaded two land trust leaders, Ron Reid of The Couchiching Conservancy and Ian Attridge of the Kawartha Land Trust to take on a project and to find funding support to characterize and map the natural heritage of The Land Between. Peter passed away in 2006, shortly after Leora was hired to lead the research, and who used the strong foundation that Peter created and employing curiosity and passion in kind, led the development of a movement and organization.
Partners and Expertise-The Circle
We could not have achieved even the smallest of wins, without our valued partners! Beginning with Ian Attridge of Kawartha Land Trust, Ron Reid of Couchiching Conservancy, formidable folks from Parks Canada, Muskoka Watershed Council and Conservancy, University of Toronto, Queens, and Ryerson, Curve Lake First Nation, and spreading from there…experts from fields of ecology, economics, and culture that assist in discrete projects. Many of our project partners are ongoing advisors to our efforts. These are our TLB partners