Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) expresses its deep condolences on the sudden passing of City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor Jim Tovey.
“In my 30 years of service, no other politician has in just six short years made such a tremendous impact on constituency, community, city, and region,” said Nando Iannicca, Chair of Credit Valley Conservation and Regional Councillor for Mississauga Ward 7. “Jim was a true environmentalist, visionary, and city-builder. The transformation of his beloved waterfront will be his enduring Legacy.”
Councillor Tovey served on Credit Valley Conservation’s Board of Directors since January 2011. He championed the redevelopment of the Port Credit and Lakeview shorelines and was the driving force behind the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project. His unique connection with the City of Mississauga, Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation served to bring the organizations together to partner on the development of a new 26 hectare waterfront conservation area.
“I had the privilege of working with Jim to realize our collective objectives for the environment. It was hard to keep up at times with his enthusiasm and energy,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer of Credit Valley Conservation. “He envisioned an environmental gem on the shores of Lake Ontario, and has been working tirelessly with us, the Region of Peel and Toronto and Regional Conservation Authority to enhance the Mississauga waterfront.”
“Equally important was Jim’s dedication to the Great Lakes,” said Martin-Downs. “Leading the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project was just one way Jim was working to improve the local environment, Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes ecosystem. He saw the potential for environmental action and refused to let barriers get in the way of making a lasting difference. We’ve lost a friend, a visionary and one of our strongest advocates for the environment.”
Flags at CVC’s administrative office will be flown at half-mast.