Biosphere Film Premiere and celebration open to the public
(For release – October 10, 2023) “A Priority Place”, a new full-length documentary film on efforts to preserve biodiversity and build sustainable communities in Norfolk County and the Long Point Biosphere Region, will premiere on Friday November 10, 2023 at Capitol 33 in Delhi. A cocktail reception and presentation will introduce the film which celebrates the region’s 5th anniversary as a federally designated “Priority Place.”
In 2018, the Long Point/Walsingham Forest area was picked by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as the first “Priority Place” in Ontario. The designation made the region eligible for special funding and support under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation. The documentary film showcases the resulting conservation work and collaborations involving a host of government and non-government organizations.
“The enthusiasm, commitment, and impact of the people featured in the film really gives you hope that we can preserve and foster our very special place in the world,” said Tom Via, Chair of the Long Point Biosphere Foundation. “It’s truly uplifting and inspiring.”
Already recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere, our region gained the Priority Place designation in recognition of its status as a unique stretch of Carolinian Forest, home to many endangered species, and an area in which organizations work together in restoration, road mortality mitigation, invasive species eradication, and nature education.
“The film really is a celebration of passionate people and the local conservation community, “ said Cynthia Brink, manager of the film project. “It’s quite moving.”
The film’s producer Gregg McLachlan from WorkCabin Creative, an award-winning journalist and conservationist, will introduce the documentary at the premiere event.
“In my work, I have seen many impressive conservation projects and committed people around the world,” McLachlan said. “But few can match the combination of enthusiasm, collaborative efforts, and impact of those featured in this film.”
A limited number of tickets to the event ($50 per person – 6:30 PM Reception – 7:00 PM film showing) is being made available to the general public as well as Biosphere partners and supporters. Proceeds will fund the Long Point Biosphere public outreach and student education programs.
For more information see: “Invitation to Celebrate” at www.longpointbiosphere.com