By: Erin Postma
This past weekend was the A2A Celebration Gala. It was a night dedicated to celebrating the A2A region and all the work that has been done over the past few years by our organization, the A2A Collaborative.
The theme of the evening was “A Pilgrimage for Nature,” in honour of the first time any one person has trekked the complete international 650 km trek from Adirondack Park to Algonquin Park!
Below you will find my thoughts and impressions:
I had a wonderful time! At the start of the Gala I was stationed at the registration table and got to meet everyone as they came through. I could also hear the buzz of conversation in the room from where I sat out in the hall. It was great to see people reconnecting with old friends and making new ones! And it was wonderful to have the opportunity to connect with people who I had only ever met online over the last few months.
The music and live auction delivered by David Archiblad were wonderful. He is a very talented musician and performer; he had the crowd engaged and laughing all night! Jamie Findlay gave a lovely talk about his time on the trail, it was great to hear some highlights, lowlights and funny stories.
It was so great to see all the work that has been done over the past few months come together.
The night was a huge success and would not have been possible without the support of so many people.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the gala.
Thank you to everyone who was not able to make the event but still managed to support A2A
Thank you to everyone who donated to our silent auction and live auction.
Thank you to David Archibald for sharing your wonderful music with us as well as your fantastic auctioneering skills.
Thank you to Jamie Findlay for giving a lovely talk about his time on the trail.
Thank you Pan Chancho for providing us with delicious desserts.
Thank you to the Delta Hotel for allowing us to host our event at your hotel. Thank you to all the staff for providing support throughout the whole process.
Thank you to the board members of A2A for all your work you have put into planning such an amazing event.
We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us and will continue to support us. Your support matters! With your support we can continue our work in connecting lands and people across the Algonquin to Adirondacks region. All proceeds from this year's gala will go towards supporting various projects taken on by A2A, such as conservation action planning, road ecology, mapping, education and connectivity projects.