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Celebrating Environmental Excellence at the Friends of the Credit Event

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Conservation Award recipients and board members from CVC and CVCF come together at the Friends of the Credit event

Last night, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) hosted a special Friends of the Credit event to celebrate and connect with environmental champions. The event took place at Cambium Farm in Caledon and brought together more than 100 like-minded people who care deeply for the local environment. Highlights of the evening included the presentation of CVC’s Conservation Awards and a tribute to CVCF donors, acknowledging their vital support for conservation work taking place in the Credit River Watershed.

“On behalf of the CVC Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate our award recipients for their outstanding work and thank our supporters for their dedication to the environment,” said Ann Lawlor, CVC Vice Chair and Mayor for Halton Hills. “Your work to protect and enhance the Credit River Watershed is inspiring all of us to take action in our communities to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.”

CVC recognized conservation efforts in eight award categories including: Youth Achievement, Outstanding Volunteer, Environmental Awareness, Landowner Stewardship, Corporate Leadership, Green Cities, Watershed Excellence and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership. A total of 20 awards were issued at this year’s ceremony honouring outstanding work happening throughout communities in the watershed.

Brad Teeter received the Landowner Stewardship award for his work with CVC to restore the cultural meadow on his property, re-establishing a variety of native grasses and wildflowers. The grassland now provides better habitat for native pollinators, like the at-risk monarch butterfly and grassland birds.

Eva and Steven Hill received the Landowner Stewardship award for their commitment to transform over three hectares of their property to support wildlife and help fight climate change. To date, they have planted over 5,000 trees, established a large native meadow and they were one of the first farms in Peel to take part in the ALUS Program. Two generations of the Hill family have managed the Hill farm since 2017.

Gary Hall received the Environmental Achievement award for his volunteer work with the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club. Gary has devoted his time to lead hikes since 1995, where he imparts his knowledge of nature and educates participants on protecting and sustaining green space and the value of biodiversity.

Supporters of the CVCF were also represented at the event. In 2023, 110 donors, funders and grantors donated to CVCF, contributing over $1,850,000 to support the critical environmental projects carried out by CVC. Funds have supported the development of the Credit Valley Trail, Crane Gathering Space, youth engagement and volunteer opportunities, and helped restore and protect critical land in the watershed.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our supporters this evening,” said Ed Arundell, Chair of the CVCF Board of Directors. “They are an integral part of helping CVC accomplish its critical environment work. Their steadfast commitment to conservation and generous support have been instrumental in driving positive change in the Credit River Watershed.”

This year’s Friends of the Credit Conservation Award winners include:

Youth Award

Aaran Thangavadivel

Tanjot Grewal

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Don Trant

Julie Power

Heather Shaw

Environmental Awareness Award

Prabhjot Kainth

Gary Hall

Irene Mota

Landowner Stewardship Award

Jo-Anne Van Huisseling

Brad Teeter

Anthony and Cristina Kerstens

Steven and Eva Hill

Corporate Leadership Award

Canon Canada

Ardent Mills

Green Cities

City of Brampton

Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board

City of Mississauga

DEI Leadership Award

Prabhjot Kainth

Watershed Excellence Award

Dr. Pat Kelly

Dr. Williams McIlveen

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