Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) honoured local partners and neighbours at the annual ‘Friends of the Credit’ Conservation Awards, held last night at BraeBen Golf Course in Mississauga. Over 85 guests and representatives from CVC’s Board of Directors celebrated those inspired by nature to complete important environmental work in the Credit River Watershed.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and CVC staff, I’m grateful for all the environmental work recognized at this year’s awards ceremony,” said Councillor Nando Iannicca, CVC Chair and Councillor for Mississauga Ward 7. “We simply could not take so much action on the ground without our partners and volunteers. With each meaningful project and initiative, these leaders are improving the local environment. They inspire us all.”
This year’s ceremony introduced CVC’s revitalized awards program. After more than 30 years of awards history, the organization redesigned the program to reflect its current vision and values. Under the new Conservation Awards program, CVC recognizes conservation efforts under eight categories: Youth Achievement, Outstanding Volunteer, Environmental Awareness, Landowner Stewardship, Corporate Leadership, Green Cities, Legacy Donor and Watershed Excellence.
The Conservation Awards program began in 1986. Awards are issued by CVC’s Board of Directors to honour those who demonstrate the organization’s core values of leadership, collaboration, innovation and integrity through environmental practices.
This year, CVC received 26 nominations across seven of the new categories. Each community leader nominated demonstrates a passion for environmental work and is inspired by nature to take action. The Conservation Awards program recognizes projects and initiatives that help protect, connect and sustain the Credit River Watershed.
Winners at last night’s ceremony include:
Youth Achievement Award – Aalia Khan
Outstanding Volunteer Award – Suzanne Leblanc
Environmental Awareness Award – Gregg Reekie
Landowner Stewardship Award – David and Helen Choat
Corporate Leadership Award – HL Blachford
Green Cities Award – The partnership of Landscape Ontario, Region of Peel and York Region (Fusion Landscaping Project)
Legacy Donor Award – Roger Spriggs
Additional award nominees included:
City of Mississauga, Environmental Services, Transportation Works Department
David and Faith Clarkson
CRH Canada Group Inc.
Niagara Escarpment Views
Grant and Heather Peters
Region of Peel
Sid Vander Veen, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Caption: Award nominees and winners with CVC’s Board of Directors at the annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards ceremony
About Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
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 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.
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