We at CVC constantly drive home the fact that when nature thrives, we all thrive and when nature falters, we all falter. It’s a simple and powerful message – but is anybody listening?
The answer is a resounding yes! People across the Credit River watershed are making a difference. We see it every day from volunteers, businesses, partners, landowners and youth doing their part to help our environment thrive, not falter.
We know conservation efforts reach far beyond the work that we do at CVC. Conservation, restoration and good environmental practices happen when you have a community of engaged, thoughtful individuals who care and want to make a difference. These people deserve recognition.
For more than three decades we have been celebrating the talents and achievements of those who show a strong commitment to our local environment through our ‘Friends of the Credit’ Conservation Awards. The annual awards program recognizes one-time projects and initiatives, as well as those that extend over multiple years.
Last year we honoured 23 recipients who stood out as leaders and environmental champions. Awards were given in five categories including:
- Conservation Award of Excellence
- Conservation Award of Distinction
- Award of Merit
- Young ConservationistAward
- Watershed Legacy Donor
Last year’s highest honour, the Conservation Award of Excellence, was presented to The Friends of Island Lake (FOIL). They were honoured for outstanding leadership and achievement in fundraising, community engagement, trail construction and promotion of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area. The trail was a 10-year project and FOIL worked tirelessly to raise more than $2 million in cash and in-kind donations. The group also contributed more than 12,000 volunteer hours to the project.
When asked about the awards program Wayne White, Member of the CVC Foundation Board of Directors and Past Chair of FOIL, said:
“It was a very special honour to receive the Award of Excellence on behalf all of the Friends of Island Lake. As a recipient I was truly amazed by the scope of environmental initiatives performed by individuals, school groups and businesses within Credit Valley Conservation’s watershed. It was a special evening that set a tone of being a celebration of achievements that indeed left a lasting impression.”
The award nomination process is open until November 18. To nominate an environmental champion, visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/nominate.
For more information about the awards program, or examples of past winners, please visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/conservationawards.