Not all heroes get to wear capes, unless you’re one of our heroes featured in the CVC Foundation’s Be a Conservation Hero campaign. Our heroes put on capes to encourage you to help protect nature and be a hero too. The goal is to raise $10,000 to support CVC programs. Through the campaign the goal is to protect valuable habitat through acquiring property, connect the watershed by building the Credit Valley Trail, and sustain nature by providing youth leadership opportunities through CVC’s Conservation Youth Corps.
Derek Spencer is one of the caped conservation crusaders. You might recognize him on the trails at Island Lake Conservation Area with his dog Baxter. They have been on the trail daily since it opened. That’s more than 700 days in a row! Derek is a conservation hero who received a Friends of the Credit Award in 2016 for his dedication to Island Lake Conservation Area.
Now in his late seventies, Derek has donated his time with the Friends of Island Lake to help build the amazing trails at the park and he continues to pick up litter each time he visits. Derek put on a cape for the Be A Conservation Hero project because he believes conservation is important. He wants others to think of the world we are leaving for our grandchildren. You can read more about Derek’s story and be a conservation hero by visiting the CVC Foundation’s website.
Qurat Dar also donned a cape for the Be a Conservation Hero campaign. In 2016 Qurat was awarded a Friends of the Credit Award and is recognized as one of Canada’s top 25 environmentalists under 25 for her countless hours of volunteer work with local environmental organizations. Qurat has also been active in our Conservation Youth Corps program where she spent time doing presentations to raise awareness for environmental conservation in her high school. She showed her peers how they can volunteer to make a difference. You can read Qurat’s inspiring story on the CVC Foundation’s website.
You can be a Conservation Hero too by making a donation to the CVC Foundation until the end of December.
With your help we can smash through our goal to raise $10,000 and protect, connect and sustain the Credit River watershed.