The annual Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship Volunteer Service Awards recognizes selfless individuals who give their time and energy. At CVC, we have many such individuals who volunteer on behalf of their environment. It’s why we didn’t hesitate to nominate three deserving people this year: Jean Williams, Bill McCilveen and Pat Kelly. Their awards of recognition were presented at a ministry celebration on April 29th..

With an astounding 40 years of volunteer service, Jean Williams is president of the Rattray Marsh Protection Association. This role fits her like a glove. Jean has advocated for four decades for proper protection and restoration of Rattray Marsh, Mississauga’s “environmental gem” on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Bill McCilveen’s 20 years of service reflects his genuine love of nature. Bill has personally observed and recorded thousands of plant and animal species in the Credit River watershed. At the drop of an environmental hat, he willingly offered his personal database for CVC’s Natural Areas Inventory (NAI). The contribution was invaluable.


Pat Kelly has selflessly given of himself for 10 years to many causes, especially the CreditRiver. At CVC, he has volunteered with Conservation Youth Corps (CYC), Stream of Dreams and electrofishing programs. He is also a passionate member of Trout Unlimited and the Isaac Walton Fly Fishing Club. Many of our young CYC volunteers appreciate Pat’s lessons in building bird boxes and tieing fly fishing flies.

Everything our volunteers do is appreciated. A great congratulations to Jean Williams, Bill McCilveen, and Pat Kelly who, because of their true interest in their environment, give their time, energy and resources for conservation that benefits us all.

There are many ways you too can volunteer in your community, with your community and for your community. Please be sure to check our always-updated events calendar for upcoming events near you. See you there!

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