Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 – Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, is the keynote speaker when Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) presents the 12th annual Friends of the Credit Stewardship Forum and Volunteer Appreciation Event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at University of Toronto Mississauga from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year’s forum is dedicated to the Power of Green: Health, Wellness and Nature. Participants can learn about the connection between a healthy environment and human health. Participants can also learn how they can contribute to a healthier environment; take part in a hands-on learning atmosphere; and engage in group discussion. The local event is free and includes a complimentary lunch, but pre-registration is required.

As Medical Officer of Health for Peel, Mowat is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of more than 1.3 million residents in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.  Mowat will demonstrate why land use is a public health issue, the role the natural environment has in public health and the importance of protecting the environment. The keynote address begins at 9 a.m. Morning sessions run from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., followed by a volunteer appreciation lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There will be a global café discussion in the afternoon for non-government organizations (NGOs) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Participants can pick from a wide range of sessions including: Native Plants and their Traditional uses: Nature Walk and Talk; A Healthy Dose of Green: A Prescription for a Healthy Population; and the Healing Power of Nature, just to name a few.

The Friends of the Credit Stewardship Forum is open to anyone who lives in the Credit River Watershed and has an interest in the environment and their own health. University of Toronto, Mississauga campus is located at University 3359 Mississauga Rd. N., Mississauga. To register or for more information visit: www.creditvalleyca.ca/learn-and-get-involved/stewardship-forum.

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lindsey Jennings
Assistant Program Coordinator, Community Outreach
905-670-1615 ext. 445
[email protected]
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