Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards
Conservation of the Credit Watershed depends on the contributions and support of many partners. Since 1986, Credit Valley Conservations Board of Directors has recognized those that have made a positive impact on the health of the Credit River, its surrounding land, and the local community
Nominate a neighbour, friend, colleague, school, business, community group, yourself, or any person or organization that you feel has made a significant contribution to environmental health in our watershed.
The deadline for nominations has now passed. We are still accepting nominations, but they will be considered for next year’s conservation awards.
The “Friends of the Credit” Conservation Awards recognizes first time and long term projects and initiatives. These could include:
- Restoration projects
- Educational programs
- Contribution toward purchasing or donating conservation land or an easement
- Environmental policy, plan or project
- Advocacy for natural heritage protection
- Developing and/or implementing leading-edge environmental solutions
- The donation of land to Credit Valley Conservation or other environmental agencies to ensure its long term protection
Nominations for the Conservation Awards are open to individuals, landowners, schools, community groups, small businesses, corporations and youth (25 and under) who have made a significant contribution to the health of the Credit River Watershed.
2012 Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) held their annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards at the Mississauga Grand Banquet and Convention Centre on March 21. The awards were attended by over 90 guests and many of CVC’s Board of Directors.
For more than 20 years, CVC has presented awards to individuals, landowners, community groups, small businesses, corporations, municipalities and agencies that have made a significant contribution to managing natural resources in the Credit River Watershed.
Through these awards, CVC’s Board of Directors celebrate important work done across the watershed to help ensure its long-term environmental health. A total of 19 awards were presented in the following categories: Award of Distinction; Certificate of Merit; and Young Conservationist. The award winners for 2012 are:
Award of Distinction
In recognition of the dedication to the health of the Credit River watershed.
Andrew Murie and Joan Ramsey
In recognition of the strong personal commitment to the biodiversity of Rattray Marsh by controlling invasive plants on their property.
David Suzuki Secondary School
In recognition of significant contributions to the health of the Credit River watershed, providing opportunities for students to participate in environmental projects and incorporating environmental sustainability into the curriculum.
Friends of Island Lake
In recognition of leadership in fundraising and awareness building for conservation projects that support the Island Lake Trail System.
Sequoia Grove Homes
In recognition of leadership in low impact development practices throughout the Credit River watershed.
Certificate of Merit
The 32nd Toronto Scout Group
In recognition of over 50 years of land stewardship, environmental education and ongoing efforts to protect the provincially significant features of Wilcox Conservation Area.
Bridget Ryan and Greg Petrie
For demonstrating leadership in environmental farm stewardship.
City of Mississauga, Transportation and Works Department
For demonstrating innovation in low impact development resulting in the first Green Street retrofit project in Mississauga.
City of Mississauga, Transportation and Works Department
In recognition of leadership in storm water management to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Gary and Debbie Mountain
In recognition of leadership in environmental farm stewardship.
In recognition of corporate leadership in low impact development practices.
Limehouse Kiln Society
In recognition of leadership in restoring and promoting the Limehouse Kilns.
In recognition of dedication to water conservation and the long term health of the Credit River watershed.
In recognition of the long-term dedication to planting in the City of Mississauga, benefiting the health of the Credit River and educating youth.
The Erin Trails Group and the Rotary Club of Erin
In recognition of leadership in building environmental awareness in the community and improving local trails in the Township of Erin.
In recognition of leadership in private land stewardship.
Young Conservationist Award
In recognition of leadership in raising youth environmental awareness and increasing community involvement in environmental initiatives.
Peter and James Smyth
For demonstrating environmental leadership and dedication to the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up at Erindale Park.
For demonstrating leadership in raising youth environmental awareness and improving the health of natural areas in the Region of Peel.
Other Past Recipients
Jasmeet Sidhu- Young Conservationist (2008)
Recognized for her leadership as co-president of the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance and for initiating a $100,000 fundraising campaign to install a green roof at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.
Peel Region-Certificate of Merit (2009)
The Region established a Greenland’s Securement Program that assists conservation partners to secure land and provide landowners contact and education to landowners. Funding was provided by Peel Region to Credit Valley Conservation to secure land for the Upper Credit Conservation Area.
David Kendall and Grecia Mayers -Watershed Legacy Donor (2010)
For the donation of 5 acres of Niagara Escarpment property that will secure 200 meters of optimum Bruce Trail, protect habitat for wildlife, and help preserve water quality.
Credit River Anglers Association-Award of Distinction (2002)
The Association was recognized for its work to protect and restore fish habitat in the Credit watershed, from Orangeville to Port Credit. By 2002, the group had logged more then 15,000 volunteer hours and have participated in more than 100 stream rehabilitation projects.
Pat Kelly – Award of Excellence (2007)
Credit Valley Conservation’s most dedicated volunteer. Pat is involved in most restoration and monitoring projects and shares his enthusiasm and passion for the Credit River by teaching fly-tying and fly-fishing to youth.