Friends of High Park Zoo Unveils Its Vision, Mission and Values
- Friends of High Park Zoo Takes Another Important Step as an Organization
- Formation of Vision, Mission and Values Culminated at a Recent Board Retreat
- Our Vision, Mission, Values form the Basis of Who We Are, What We Do and How We Operate
TORONTO, September 10, 2013
Friends of High Park Zoo is pleased today to unveil its Vision, Mission and Values. These strategic cornerstones are an important step in the evolution of Friends of High Park Zoo. They form the basis of who we are, what we do and how we operate. These were formed (and subsequently ratified and adopted) at a recent Board retreat where Board members and volunteers collaborated to establish these foundational components of Friends of High Park Zoo.
Specifically, Friends of High Park Zoo Vision, Mission and Values are:
VISION: To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.
MISSION: To enhance High Park Zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while promoting education, awareness and fundraising for the Zoo.
Accountable - we will be responsible, transparent and accountable to all of our stakeholders
Professional - we will at all times conduct ourselves in a manner that is both professional and respectful
Collaborate - we will work collectively with each other and others in order to achieve our goals
Community oriented - we will engage in initiatives and activities that support High Park Zoo and the community
Chris Diceman, from Friends of High Park Zoo board of directors notes, “We are pleased to take this step today in solidifying Friends of High Park Zoo Vision, Mission and Values. It’s an important step in the evolution and strategic direction of our organization. While we are a relatively new not-for-profit organization (NPO), our Vision, Mission and Values establish the long terms goals, direction and tone of our organization. These strategic factors help to form the foundation to enable us to explore additional sources of revenue to ensure High Park Zoo continues operating for families 120 years from now.
The elegance of our Vision is its simplicity. This also reflects the purpose of our organization. Furthermore, ba free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy echoes back to John George Howard’s gift of High Park to the City of Toronto. The park which was bequeathed to the City in 1873 later established a deer pen in 1893. Now 120 years later, High Park Zoo thrives with eleven pens that house a variety of animal species from around the world. We envision that there will always be a Zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.
Our Mission builds on our Vision and effectively lays out how Friends of High Park Zoo will achieve its Vision. We will enhance the Zoo for all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while promoting education, awareness, and fundraising for Zoo. Said differently, we will work to ensure we enhance and promote the Zoo for all visitors.
Our Values represent how we will conduct ourselves as an organization and individuals. We strive to: be accountable to all our stakeholders, always be professional, collaborate to reach our common goals and be community oriented in everything that we do.