Local Community Leaders Honoured at Environmental Awards Ceremony

March 31, 2017 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) honoured local community members at its annual ‘Friends of the Credit’ Conservation Awards, held last night at BraeBen Golf and Country Club in Mississauga. Over 85 guests and representatives from CVC’s Board of Directors attended the event.

This year’s ceremony marked the 30th anniversary of the Conservation Awards. Since the program began in 1986, CVC has honoured 340 individuals, landowners, community groups, businesses, municipalities and agencies that have made significant environmental contributions. The 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.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to extend my gratitude for all the meaningful environmental work over 30 years,” said Nando Iannicca, CVC Chair and Councillor for Mississauga Ward 7. “I am proud of all the remarkable achievements our award recipients have accomplished. With each project and initiative these leaders continue to improve the local environment and our quality of life.”

The Conservation Awards are an opportunity for CVC’s Board of Directors to recognize important environmental work that is carried out at the local community level. Awards were presented to 21 recipients in the following four categories:

Young Conservationist Winners:

Manasi Goyal
Recognizing dedication to increase environmental awareness and inspire action among youth in the Region of Peel

Emily Duncan
Recognizing leadership to educate peers about local environmental issues and improve the health of the Credit River watershed

Andrew Chow
Recognizing commitment to participate in stewardship projects that protect the environment and benefit the local community

 Amisha Yadav
Recognizing volunteer efforts to improve the health of the Credit River watershed and mentor peers about local environmental issues

Aaron D Cruz
Recognizing volunteer efforts that contribute to a healthier watershed and raise environmental awareness among youth

Award of Merit Winners:

Barbara and Andrew Harrison
Recognizing commitment to carry out sustainable agricultural practices and preserve the ecological features of their property

Canon Canada
Recognizing corporate leadership and employee engagement in projects that improve natural areas and increase environmental awareness

Duncan Glaholt and Wendy Walgate
Recognizing positive change in land management practices that enhance the ecological features of their property

David and Susan Aiken
Recognizing advocacy to increase biodiversity in urban landscapes and implement environmentally-friendly landscape practices

Herb Campbell Public School
Recognizing ongoing commitment to environmental awareness, innovative school yard greening and engaging students in environmental projects

Peter and Frances Chiddy
Recognizing commitment to carry out sustainable agricultural practices and preserve the ecological features of their property

Brueckner Rhododendron Garden Stewardship Committee
Recognizing long-standing stewardship of Rhododendron Gardens, increasing environmental awareness in the community and promoting the importance of nature

Landscape Ontario, Region of Peel and York Region
Recognizing collaboration and innovation to improve water conservation and promote water efficient irrigation practices

Region of Peel – Public Works and Transportation
Recognizing innovation and regional leadership by implementing low impact development infrastructure to improve water quality and mitigate soil erosion

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Recognizing leadership and collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries to improve water quality, and promote sustainable parking lot and salt management practices

Willow Park Ecology Centre
Recognizing community engagement and leadership of the Hungry Hollow Collaborative to improve the natural health of Hungry Hollow

Award of Distinction Winners:

Bernie, Joanneke and Harris Kottelenberg
Recognizing long-term commitment to implement agricultural best management practices to protect the health of the Credit River watershed

Orangeville Lions Club
Recognizing significant support and long-term volunteer stewardship of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area

Recognizing long-term participation in volunteer tree planting events that improve the health of the Credit River watershed

Award of Excellence Winners:

Mark Whitcombe
Recognizing a lifetime of environmental activism, education and stewardship

Rotary Club of Orangeville
Recognizing more than 25 years of dedication to organize ‘Let’s Make Orangeville Shine’, environmental stewardship, and generous support of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area

Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.


Photo: Group shot of the 2017 ‘Friends of the Credit’ Conservation Awards

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

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