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Our Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards honour the important work being done in our watershed. We celebrate our partners and neighbours that share our vision of a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.

Make the effort to recognize environmental effort! Nominate an individual or organization for a Friends of the Credit Conservation Award.

Award Categories

Eight award categories recognize the hard work and accomplishments of those who make a positive impact in the Credit River Watershed.

Eligible: Individuals and groups under age 29

Recognizes: Those under 29 years of age, striving to be future environmental champions.

Eligible: Individuals, groups

Recognizes: Those who generously give personal time to protect, connect and sustain our local natural environment.

Eligible: Individuals, groups

Recognizes: Those who connect communities with nature through education and outreach to promote environmental awareness, appreciation and action.

Recognizes: Those implementing restoration projects that increase natural cover and improve aquatic, terrestrial and wetland habitat on private lands.

Eligible: Corporations, businesses, public sector and not-for-profit organizations

Recognizes: Those taking action and adopting new and creative approaches to plan for an environmentally sustainable future.

Eligible: Individuals, groups, corporations, businesses

Recognizes: Those who implement leading edge green infrastructure in new developments and existing urban areas.

Eligible: Individuals, groups, corporations, businesses; excludes government agencies.

Recognizes: Those who donate land or funds to purchase land, ensuring its long-term protection.

Eligible: Individuals, groups, corporations, businesses

Recognizes: Those with a sustained record of achievement and commitment. Their ongoing leadership and dedication will leave a legacy of inspiration.

NOTE: This most prestigious award is only given in extraordinary circumstances. It may not be given every year.

Eligibility Requirements and Award Criteria

Nominees must meet eligibility requirements to be considered for an award.

  1. Project and/or activities must contribute to the protection, connection and sustainability of the Credit River Watershed.
  2. Award recipients can be nominated in subsequent years, however any project can only be awarded once.
  3. Self-nomination is allowed when submitted with a letter of support.
  4. Award recipients cannot be an active CVC board member or staff, or have been acting as a board member or staff while undertaking the activities for which they are being recognized.
  5. Award recipients must be in good-standing with CVC’s planning policies and regulations.

Nominations are vetted by CVC staff and reviewed by a sub-committee of the CVC Board of Directors. Awards will be given to an outstanding project, individual or group in each category that meet the following criteria:

  1. Alignment with CVC’s vision of a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains the Credit River Watershed.
  2. Leadership and the ability to influence and inspire the community.
  3. A lasting contribution to create environmentally resilient communities for future generations.

2019 Award Winners

We are proud to recognize our award winners!

Deon Singh posing with his award.

Youth Achievement Award

Deon Singh received the Youth Achievement Award for his commitment to CVC’s Frontline Steering Committee (FSC) and Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) programs. Deon volunteered more than 130 hours towards environmental outreach and restoration projects through CYC. In addition, he helped educate more than 250 of his peers through FSC’s outreach events that inform about the importance of protecting and conserving nature. Deon has also taken an active role at the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation donor luncheon and CVC funder meetings to advocate for corporate funding in support of youth leadership programs.

Janice McClelland posing with her award.

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Janice McClelland received the Outstanding Volunteer Award for more than 30 years of dedicated service with the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC). Throughout her tenure, Janice has taken on several leadership roles within the organization, including Vice-Chair, Chair and Director-at-Large on the Board. She also served as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee, where she led fundraising efforts and public education initiatives that helped BTC acquire land and protect nature for future generations of trail users.

Mike Sklad and his family posing with his award.

Environmental Awareness Award

Michael Sklad received the Environmental Awareness Award for his commitment to the Fishing Friendzy program where he connects families with nature and teaches ethical angling practices. Michael was also recognized for his work with the SAFE (Sponsor a Fishing Experience) program which gives underprivileged kids, people with disabilities and war veterans an opportunity to go fishing and experience nature first-hand.

Sarah Mailhot and her family posing with her award.

Landowner Stewardship Award

Sarah Mailhot received the Landowner Stewardship Award for her commitment to restore and manage her 60-acre property. Sarah and her family developed a 10-year action plan for the property and have planted over 1,500 trees, created and maintained trails, managed their ponds and removed invasive species. In 2015, they began a large-scale project to remove dog-strangling vine from the property. This invasive species affects forest regeneration, prevents access for people and wildlife and can threaten the monarch butterfly population – a species at risk. Collectively, Sarah’s efforts are improving the ecological value of her property and the overall health of the Credit River Watershed.

Four-X Development posing with their award.

Corporate Leadership Award

Four X Development (includes project partners DG Group, Beacon Environmental, RAND Engineering Corporation, NAK Design Group, Ward & Burke and ConDrain Group) received the Corporate Leadership Award for their committed environmental efforts to design and implement a subdivision plan adjacent to the Credit River. The team brought to life an unconventional design on 106-acres next to the Credit River in Brampton. The innovative design will help enhance the Natural Heritage System and protect the surrounding lands, supporting the health of the river downstream to Lake Ontario.

Citi One Million Trees Program participants posing.

Corporate Leadership Award

Global Investment Bank and Financial Services (Citi) received the Corporate Leadership Award for their environmental dedication over the past 10 years to the City of Mississauga’s One Million Trees Program. Over their decade of volunteer work, Citi has contributed over 1,700 volunteers to plant more than 1,200 trees and shrubs. In addition, they have set up a Global Community Day where employees are encouraged to make a difference by giving back to the community. Many of their volunteer opportunities support conservation initiatives.

Three individual photos of Mike Hoy, Tara Day-Orzechowski  and Adam Tompkins, posing with their awards.

Green Cities Award

Tara Day-Orzechowski (Glendale Public School), Adam Tompkins (Peel District School Board) and Michael Hoy (City of Brampton) received the Green Cities Award for their collaboration and leadership to bring to life the largest rain garden project on school property, located at Glendale Public School. The rain garden was an initiative of the Fletcher’s Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP). It has reduced pressure on the city’s curb and gutter infrastructure and helps protect valuable wildlife habitat for the endangered Redside Dace. The rain garden also provides pollinator habitats and acts as an educational space for students and the community.

Gavin Dandy posing with his award.

Watershed Excellence Award

Gavin Dandy received the Watershed Excellence Award for his ongoing commitment to environmental initiatives as a farmer, educator and co-founder of Everdale – a community teaching farm. Gavin led operations at Everdale for more than 22 successful years. He also supported the development of over 100 new farm businesses and helped bring social change and environmental awareness to the farming community.

As Executive Director of Everdale, he also spoke about organic agriculture in Ottawa to the Minister of Agriculture, sat on the Steering Committee for the City of Guelph’s Circular Food Economy proposal and participated in dozens of panels to advance environmental awareness. Gavin encourages his community to act in order to create a healthy and vibrant future.

TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley the Humeniuk Family Foundation

Legacy Donor Award

TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley and the Humeniuk Foundation were recognized for their commitment to the environment through significant financial contributions to help secure key land for the Credit Valley Trail (CVT) project. TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley named Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) as a charitable recipient of the Osprey Valley Open in 2018 and 2019. Through the tournaments they donated $25,000 to directly support CVCF’s Capstone campaign. In 2019, the Humeniuk Foundation donated an additional $250,000 toward the campaign. Together, the donations made up more than half of CVCF’s fundraising target. TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley and the Humeniuk Foundation are helping protect nature for the next generation.

Lynn Sinclair posing with her award in front of a half wall outside with a large dragonfly decoration on it.

Legacy Donor Award

Takla Foundation received the Legacy Donor Award for their commitment to help protect nature for future generations. They generously supported CVCF’s Capstone Campaign with a $30,000 donation for land securement and to build the CVT. Their support will help develop a key piece of the trail and leave a legacy that will connect people with nature and protect vital habitat in the watershed for generations.

2019 Nominees

Youth Achievement Award

  • Lukasz and Tomasz Padiasek
  • Aaron Bolzon

Outstanding Volunteer Award

  • Krystle Shaw
  • Bethell Hospice Landscape Committee
  • Jonathan Harris
  • Alan McBride
  • Elaine Smyth

Environmental Awareness Award

  • Jessica Skup
  • Port Credit Business Improvement Area
  • Prabhjot Kainth

Landowner Stewardship Award

  • Cathy Aylard
  • Ellen Thomson
  • Jean Compton and Michael Brady

Corporate Leadership Award

  • Behnam Doulatryari, Halton Region and Keith Hamilton, Town of Halton Hills
  • Region of Peel, Infrastructure Programming and Studies Division
  • TD Bank
  • Canon Canada Inc.

Green Cities Award

  • Taylor Davis
  • Region of Peel, Infrastructure Programming and Studies Division

Watershed Excellence

  • Janet Kuzniar
  • Nicky Hall

Previous Award Winners

Winners in 2018

Award CategoryRecipient
Youth AchievementDipen Goyal
Outstanding Volunteer Warren Young
Environmental Awareness Dr. Premek Hamr
Landowner Stewardship Bartley, Ann and Mary Bull
Corporate Leadership Lakeview Community Partners Limited
Green Cities City of Mississauga
Legacy Donor n/a
Watershed Excellence Sylvia Bradley

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