Michelle Vaillancourt

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust (MECT), which manages more than 1,500 acres of conservation land in Manchester and Essex, announced the resignation of its executive director, Michelle Vaillancourt.   

The organization said it’s currently seeking a new, full time executive director to implement the programs and manage the operations of the organization.   

“I have truly enjoyed my time with MECT, but am now stepping aside so that the organization can expand the role of the executive director, and make it a full time position,” said Vaillancourt.  “I am very pleased that MECT’s Board has made this decision, and am confident that MECT will continue to be successful in its mission.” 

Michelle joined MECT in June, 2017, and has played a critical role in the recent success of the organization.  

“We want to thank her for her dedicated service, which involved significant accomplishments, including the conservation of 110 acres of land in our two communities,” said Mike Dyer, MECT President. “She leaves the organization in a strong and respected position and the Board wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.”  

Over the next few months, we will be conducting a search to find the new executive director.  During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization.  The job announcement and description is available on our website.  We ask for your help in identifying candidates who can help MECT continue along this successful trajectory.  

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving ecologically important land and wildlife habitat in Manchester and Essex, as well as adjoining communities and promoting its use for quiet recreation, education and research.  

MECT enhances the quality of life on Cape Ann by ensuring that lands that are vital to public health remain in their natural condition.  Since 1963, MECT has protected over 1,500 acres of conservation land, protecting critical wildlife habitat and drinking water supplies, mitigating the impacts of storms that would otherwise threaten homes and businesses, and providing opportunities for education, research and quiet recreation on miles of public walking trails.  As an informed public is essential to long-term success, MECT regularly conducts public hikes and events, and provides grants for environmental education. 

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