September 11, 2014 – Anniversaries are when we reflect on the past and look to the future. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has this in mind for its upcoming Stewardship Forum and Volunteer Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 4. This year’s event celebrates CVC’s 60 years of environmental protection.

“The past is our gateway to the future,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, CAO of CVC. “The lessons we learn have an impact on the future of our environment. After 60 years of conservation with our community partners, we want to reflect on some key moments and discuss how we can shape a greener future.”

This year’s theme – 60 Years: Connecting our Past, Shaping our Future – commemorates six decades of conservation and looks at key environmental issues. Participants will learn about ecology, managing rain water and monitoring the environment. Sessions take a look at where CVC started and provide insight into what the future can look like with the proper tools and leadership.

The Stewardship Forum starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and refreshments, followed by a keynote address from Mark Mattson, President of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and a prominent environmental lawyer. Mattson runs a charity dedicated to a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario with the support of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his global Waterkeeper network. Sessions run throughout the morning and are followed by a volunteer appreciation lunch. The event takes place at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, 3359 Mississauga Road.

“Each year this event brings together members of the community who share a passion for the environment and a commitment to the community,” said Martin-Downs. “We make sure we address key environmental issues and engage participants in ways that leave them with tools and the drive to make real change.”

The Stewardship Form is an annual event that brings together members of the community, environmental groups and students. This event is an opportunity for individuals to participate in hands-on learning and networking.

For more information or to register, visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/learn-and-get-involved/stewardship-forum/. Registration is open until September 26.

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 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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Photo: Stewardship Forum Invasives Walk with Freyja Whitten, CVC https://cvc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Invasives-Walk-Freyja-Japanese-Knotweed-2.jpg

Event Contact
Lindsey Jennings
Assistant Program Coordinator, Community Outreach
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 445
[email protected]

Media Contact
Jamie Williams
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285
[email protected]

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