Departing Executive Director led the Mississauga environmental charity for the past 17 years
MISSISSAUGA, January 14, 2021 – Douglas Markoff, who has served as Executive Director of The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) since 2004, has announced his retirement.
Douglas led the organization through periods of major growth, including the expansion of nature-based public programs, fundraising events, and environmental conservation of Riverwood’s woodlands, wetlands, and gardens. He also oversaw the establishment of the Enabling Garden, The Riverwood Conservancy’s accessible learning space for individuals with special needs.
“I have had the privilege of being at the helm of this great organization and working alongside remarkable staff, volunteers, directors, and members over the years,” said Douglas. “Through the difficulties that have come up, including the unprecedented challenges of 2020, I have been consistently inspired by the stories of people who have found meaningful connections to nature at Riverwood. I am confident that TRC will continue to make a tangible difference in improving the lives of both people and wildlife.”
“We’re grateful to have had someone as dedicated to the environment and the community as Douglas leading our organization,” said Carolyn Sherk, Chair of the Board of Directors of The Riverwood Conservancy. “The Riverwood Conservancy is positioned to continue as a leading environmental organization in Mississauga because of Douglas’ endeavours. We wish him the absolute best for his future.”
Douglas will remain in his role as Executive Director of TRC until March 2021. The search for a new Executive Director is now underway.
About The Riverwood Conservancy
The Riverwood Conservancy is the charity that provides programs and direction for Riverwood – the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. Working together with like-minded groups and individuals, our mission is to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations – all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.