For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 – Vicki Barron, former General Manager of Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), is the recipient of a 2010 A.D. Latornell Conservation Pioneer Award for her contribution to the conservation movement in Ontario. The award was presented at the A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium, held in Alliston, Ontario, in November.

This prestigious award is presented annually to four deserving individuals. Barron has been a strong advocate for the environment during her 40-year career and volunteer life. Employed at CVC from 1980 until her retirement in 2001, Barron has been, and continues to be, a leader in the conservation movement in Ontario.

Prior to joining CVC, Barron was with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. While at CVC, Barron rose quickly through the ranks and was named General Manager and Secretary Treasurer in 1986. She helped develop the Credit River Water Management Strategy which was one of the first approaches providing an ecosystem approach to watershed management. She then actively promoted the “Blueprint for Success” plan which advanced the concept of looking at water management on a watershed basis.

Barron still contributes to the conservation movement in Ontario through the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, where she is currently the Director of Administration and Regeneration Initiatives. She is also a member of the Continuing Education Faculty at Sheridan College and has received a number of awards for her work, including the Ontario Branch Service Award from the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA). She is also an Honourary Member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.

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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:

Marta Marychuk,

Community Relations specialist

Credit Valley Conservation

905-670-1615 ext. 224

[email protected]

INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mike Puddister

Director, Restoration and Stewardship

Credit Valley Conservation

905-670-1615 ext. 437

[email protected]

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