Do you know someone who deserves to be celebrated for their hard work to protect nature through conservation efforts? Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is seeking nominations for their annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards. The awards program honours local environmental champions who are making a positive impact to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.
This year’s program includes a new award category recognizing leadership and initiatives focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion. This award category honours work which engages people of diverse backgrounds and cultures, encouraging them to participate in environmental activities that support a sustainable future.
“Our Conservation Awards program is a way for CVC Board of Directors and staff to recognize outstanding community members that are leading important environmental work in the watershed,” said Holly Nadalin, Manager of Community Outreach and Education at CVC. “CVC is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re excited to add to the depth of our awards program with a new category that reflects our culturally diverse community and acknowledges conservation work of Black people, Indigenous Peoples and people of colour.”
The nomination process is open to businesses, municipalities, schools, community groups, landowners and individuals who take a leadership role to ensure a greener future. Projects can include:
- Landowners who have taken action to protect and restore nature on their property.
- Local businesses, municipalities or regional government who have adapted new approaches or green infrastructure.
- Individuals or businesses that donate land or funds to purchase land to ensure its long-term protection.
- Youth or individuals who have taken action to protect and improve the natural environment in their community.
CVC is seeking submissions from the public in the following nine categories:
- Youth Achievement
- Outstanding Volunteer
- Environmental Awareness
- Landowner Stewardship
- Corporate Leadership
- Green Cities
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership
- Legacy Donor
- Watershed Excellence
Nominations can be submitted on CVC’s website until March 1, 2023.
The CVC Board of Directors reviews all nominations and selects award winners. For more information about the awards program, including award descriptions and eligibility, visit cvc.ca/conservationawards.
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 defined by 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.
Caption: Jim Muscat, winner of last year’s Watershed Excellence Award. This award is the most prestigious issued by CVC and is given to those with a sustained record of achievement and commitment.
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