Friday, March 23, 2012 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) presented 36 awards in four categories last night at the annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards held at the Mississauga Grand Banquet and Convention Centre.

For more than 20 years, CVC has presented awards to individuals, landowners, community groups, small businesses, corporations, municipalities and agencies that have made a significant contribution to managing natural resources in the Credit River Watershed.

Through these awards, CVC’s Board of Directors celebrate important work done across the watershed to help ensure its long-term environmental health. Awards were presented in the following categories: Award of Distinction; Young Conservationist; Certificate of Merit; and Watershed Legacy Donor. The award winners for 2011 are:

Award of Distinction

Aquafor Beech – City of Mississauga
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Credit River Watershed’s health through partnership and commitment to deliver low impact development technologies.

Carole Berry – City of Mississauga
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Credit River Watershed’s health, increasing awareness and demonstrating leadership and commitment to greening the grounds of the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga.

Councillor George Carlson – City of Mississauga
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Credit River Watershed’s health through continued work on environmental protection and conservation in Mississauga.

City of Brampton
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Credit River Watershed’s health, demonstrating leadership and innovation, and partnering with CVC to implement the first of its kind floating island in Canada.

Herb Campbell Public School – Town of Caledon
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Credit River Watershed’s health, providing opportunities for students to participate in projects to improve the environment.

Town of Caledon
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Credit River Watershed’s health, addressing climate change concerns by implementing the Caledon Community Climate Change Action Plan.

Orangeville Coldwater Conservation Challenge (C3) – Town of Orangeville
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Credit River Watershed’s health, through initiatives to conserve and enhance cold water resources and increase public awareness of cold water conservation.

Certificates of Merit

Armstrong Manufacturing – City of Mississauga
For protecting the health of Lake Ontario by  implementing pollution prevention initiatives on its property.

Art of Living – City of Mississauga
For active participation in volunteer events, contributing over 550 hours to on-the-ground projects that improve the Credit River Watershed’s health.

Ann Seymour – Town of Belfountain
For demonstrating leadership and dedication to building environmental awareness and facilitating community action to fight the spread of invasive species.

Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, Humanitarian Environmental Leadership Program (HELP) – City of Mississauga
For leadership in providing opportunities for learning through student participation in projects that improve the environment.

Brampton Memorial Gardens – City of Branpton
For improving wildlife habitat by creating low-maintenance landscapes and constructing a snake hibernaculum.

City of Mississauga
In recognition of the Living Green Action plan that recognizes the needs and benefits of environmental planning to improve future quality of life.

Green Glade Public School – City of Mississauga
For demonstrating innovative low impact development practices at the school by constructing  fusion and rain gardens to improve the quality of water runoff into Sheridan Creek and Rattray Marsh.

Hickory Wood Public School – City of Brampton
For leadership in providing opportunities for students to participate in environmental projects that improve the health of Hickory Wood and providing unique opportunities for learning.

Jane Pearson Sharpe – City of Mississauga
For demonstrating leadership to build a rain garden at Green Glade Public School to improve water quality in Sheridan Creek and Rattray Marsh.

Janice Haines – Town of Belfountain
For leadership in engaging students in environmental activities that improve the Credit River Watershed’s health.

Jeanne McRight – City of Mississauga
For her efforts to increase the abundance of native plant species along Cooksville Creek, improving biodiversity and wildlife habitat and preventing soil erosion.

J. Jenkins & Son Landscape Contractors – Gormley
For demonstrating leadership in implementing low impact development practices in the Credit River Watershed.

Kathryn Cooper – Town of Hillsburgh
For increasing environmental awareness in the community, developing an environmental club at Ross R. MacKay Public School and greening local school grounds.

Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) – City of Toronto
For contributions in support of the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program, increasing restoration projects and outreach efforts in the Credit River Watershed.

Laurie Arbeau – City of Mississauga
For her dedication to protecting the Winding Lane Bird Sanctuary, providing natural corridors for wildlife and improving the health of Sawmill Creek.

Lisa Lipson – City of Brampton
In recognition of the partnership built with the Brampton Library, increasing new Canadians’ knowledge of the Credit River Watershed and its importance.

Oxford Properties Group – City of Mississauga
For commitment to implementing sustainable projects on its properties, including corporate outdoor greening and LEED-certifying offices.

Portico Church – City of Mississauga
For demonstrating leadership and innovation through integration of low impact development practices on its property to improve the quality of water runoff into the Credit River.

Stephen Lewis Secondary School – City of Mississauga
For demonstrating leadership and innovation by incorporating stewardship into the curriculum and delivering on-the ground projects which improve the environment.

Syed Ghazanfar Ali – City of Mississauga
For his involvement in on-the-ground projects that improve biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and water quality in the Credit River Watershed.

Town of Halton Hills Office of Sustainability
For creating a culture of sustainability at Town offices, ensuring considerations are made to minimize environmental impacts.

The Region of Peel
For raising awareness and education about water efficiency and sustainability in Peel Region through the Clarkson Pilot Project for the Sustainable Residential Landscape Study.

Tammie and Cameron Limebeer – Town of Caledon
For leadership in environmental farm stewardship through tree planting and implementing sustainable manure management on their property.

Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga – City of Mississauga
In recognition of initiatives to implement low impact development practices and bringing nature back to their property.

William Wong – City of Guelph
For his active involvement in CVC workdays to improve water quality, fish habitat, and biodiversity in the Credit River Watershed.

Young Conservationist Award

Abdelhalim Mahmoud – City of Mississauga
For contributing to a better understanding of water systems at Riverwood Park by providing baseline information for future monitoring.

Derek Rice – Town of Orangeville
For raising awareness of the importance of stewardship activities and for dedication to improving Mill Creek’s health by removing garbage and planting trees.

Harnoor Gill – Town of Georgetown
In recognition of outstanding volunteer efforts that contribute to environmental restoration and for commitment to helping youth understand the value of a healthy environment.

Watershed Legacy Donor

Peter Tyler – Caledon
For contributing to a 50 acre expansion of Caledon Lake Forest Conservation Area, permanently protecting a significant environmental feature in the watershed.

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Media Contact:
Jon MacMull
Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 385
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Information Contact:
Lindsey Jennings
Assistant Program Coordinator, Community Outreach
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 Ext 445
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