CPAWS Manitoba Chapter

by Ron Thiessen

I recall in 2005 being faced with a very tough decision when I was offered the position of executive director of the CPAWS Manitoba chapter. I didn’t know what to do as I was very happy with my current post leading a local conservation organization. I like to think of myself as a person who generally takes things in stride but this threw me into an unbridled vortex of indecision. A job change is a big deal so I wanted to make sure that I made the right choice.

What is best for conservation in Manitoba? What is best for me personally? Will I fit into CPAWS’ culture? These were just a few of the handfuls of questions I considered. Finally, it came down to the people - the folks I would work with at CPAWS if I joined their team. I had met several of them at various national workshops and conservation planning meetings and I was always impressed with the caliber of talent that CPAWS embraced. Their successful history and the fact that I would have over 50 conservation professionals from across the country to draw support and guidance from was very seductive to me. I thought to myself that this is an organization that really knows how to get results. After a seemingly ridiculous amount of contemplation, I finally decided to join CPAWS. Eight years later, I feel as though it is one of the best choices I have ever made.