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 was held at Cambium Farm in Caledon and brought together 120 like-minded people who care deeply for the local environment. Highlights of the evening included presentation of CVC’s Conservation Awards and a tribute to CVCF donors supporting the vital 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 Councillor Tom Adams, CVC Chair and Councillor for Oakville Ward 6. “You have all made a significant impact on conservation and are helping to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.”
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 honoring outstanding work happening throughout communities in the watershed.
This was the first official donor tribute since 2019. Between 2019 and 2022 over 80 donors, funders and grantors donated to CVCF, contributing over $5,053,825 in support of the critical environmental projects carried out by CVC. Funds have helped support the development of the Credit Valley Trail, 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, and we are especially grateful for the continued support during the tough years of the pandemic. Our partners are vital in helping improve the health and well-being of residents and communities in the watershed.”
The Friends of the Credit event recognized community and business leaders who demonstrate a passion for environmental work and are inspired by nature to take action to safeguard nature in the Credit River Watershed for future generations.
This year’s Friends of the Credit Conservation Award winners include:
Mississauga Youth Seed Library
Trees for Halton Hills
Mary Kate Whibbs
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Pam Sheldon and Sean James
Gary and Debbie Mountain
Sohail and Birha Farooqi
Good Lot Farmstead Brewing Co.
Region of Peel
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Punjabi Community Health Services
Caption: Conservation Award winners and the CVC Board come together at the Friends of the Credit event
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 approximately 387 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 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.
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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