Celebrating Environmental Excellence at the Friends of the Credit Event

Award recipients and board members from CVC and CVCF at the 2024 Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards

Last night, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) hosted a special Friends of the Credit event to celebrate and connect with environmental champions. The event took place at Cambium Farm in Caledon and brought together more than 100 like-minded people who care deeply for the local environment. Highlights of the evening included the presentation of CVC’s Conservation Awards and a tribute to CVCF donors, acknowledging their vital support for conservation work taking place in the Credit River Watershed.

“On behalf of the CVC Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate our award recipients for their outstanding work and thank our supporters for their dedication to the environment,” said Ann Lawlor, CVC Vice Chair and Mayor for Halton Hills. “Your work to protect and enhance the Credit River Watershed is inspiring all of us to take action in our communities to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.”

CVC recognized conservation efforts in eight award categories including: Youth Achievement, Outstanding Volunteer, Environmental Awareness, Landowner Stewardship, Corporate Leadership, Green Cities, Watershed Excellence and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership. A total of 20 awards were issued at this year’s ceremony honouring outstanding work happening throughout communities in the watershed.

Supporters of the CVCF were also represented at the event. In 2023, 110 donors, funders and grantors donated to CVCF, contributing over $1,850,000 to support critical environmental projects carried out by CVC. Funds have supported the development of the Credit Valley Trail, Crane Gathering Space, youth engagement and volunteer opportunities and helped restore and protect critical land in the watershed.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our supporters this evening,” said Ed Arundell, Chair of the CVCF Board of Directors. “They are an integral part of helping CVC accomplish its critical environment work. Their steadfast commitment to conservation and generous support have been instrumental in driving positive change in the Credit River Watershed.”

This year’s Friends of the Credit Conservation Award winners include:

Youth Award
Aaran Thangavadivel
Tanjot Grewal

Outstanding Volunteer Award
Don Trant
Julie Power
Heather Shaw

Environmental Awareness Award
Prabhjot Kainth
Gary Hall
Irene Mota

Landowner Stewardship Award
Jo-Anne Van Huisseling
Brad Teeter
Anthony and Cristina Kerstens
Steven and Eva Hill

Corporate Leadership Award
Canon Canada
Ardent Mills

Green Cities
City of Brampton
Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board
City of Mississauga

DEI Leadership Award
Prabhjot Kainth

Watershed Excellence Award
Dr. Pat Kelly
Dr. Williams McIlveen

Caption: Conservation Award recipients and board members from CVC and CVCF come together at the Friends of the Credit event
Link: https://files.cvc.ca/cvc/uploads/2024/06/IMG_8713-s.jpg

About the Conservation Awards Program

The Conservation Awards program began in 1986. Awards are presented by CVC’s Board of Directors to honour those who demonstrate the organization’s core values of leadership, collaboration, innovation and integrity through environmental practices. Since the program began, CVC has recognized hundreds of community leaders for work that connects people to nature, knowledge to action and inspires a deep appreciation for the local environment.

About Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains (”sheds”) into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario. In 2024, Credit Valley Conservation is celebrating 70 years of conservation.

About Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the valuable conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) that protect the health and well-being of the flora and fauna, the watershed and its inhabitants for today and tomorrow. CVC inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy.


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