2017 Environmental Excellence Award – Stewardship
Presented to Peterborough Junior Field Naturalists
The Environmental Excellence Stewardship Award is presented to the members of the the Peterborough Junior Field Naturalists.
This energetic and passionate group of youth, aged 5 to 12, led by Ms. Lara Griffin, have spent hours outdoors, being involved with conservation projects that help make our watershed healthier.
The junior field naturalists participated in the Yellow Fish Road storm drain marking program in the city of Peterborough, helping to raise awareness about water quality protection.
They have planted trees in the Township of Douro-Dummer, learning about the importance of healthy forest ecosystems. And the Peterborough Junior Field Naturalists planted an impressive pollinator garden at the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area.
2017 Environmental Excellence Award – Partnership
Presented to Mike Richardson
The Environmental Excellence Partnership Award recognizes the contributions of a municipal employee who has made positive contributions to advancing our goal of creating a healthier watershed.
Mike Richardson’s participation in conservation projects within the Township of Selwyn has included the protection of shoreline habitat, the installation of turtle nesting sites, the creation of pollinator gardens, the ongoing maintenance of the rain garden and bio-retention area for stormwater management and the Imagine the Marsh Conservation Area project
Mike’s efforts to assist Otonabee Conservation staff with various logistics, speak with landowners about the projects, and identify new projects is appreciated.
Mike is a conservation Ambassador for Selwyn Township and Otonabee Conservation.
2017 Environmental Excellence Award – Business
Presented to General Electric Canada (Peterborough) and BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Volunteers
Recognizing a business that has made a significant contribution to projects or programs of Otonabee Conservation, thereby advancing our vision of a healthy watershed, is the focus of the Environmental Excellence Business Award.
Accepting the Environmental Excellence Business Award on behalf of the volunteers of General Electric Canada Peterborough and BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada is Yvonne O’Brien.
Volunteers from within the GE Motors, the BWXT Nuclear Divisions and the Women’s Network have been actively involved with several conservation projects over the years.
The shoreline and trail sites where their assistance in conservation work was very much appreciated included James Stevenson Park, Millennium Park, and Medical Drive as well as Isabel Morris Park in Selwyn Township and along the Rotary Trail in Peterborough.
Environmental Excellence Award – Conservationist
Presented to Barbara Elliot
The Environmental Excellence Conservationist Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership and inspires others to understand and become engaged citizens in the stewardship of our natural environment.
The 2017 award recipient is Barbara Elliot.
Barbara is a Professor in the Ecosystem Management Program at the School of Environmental and Natural Resources Science at Fleming College.
Barbara is considered Otonabee Conservation’s expert in residence in the area of taxonomy and identification of benthic macro invertebrates.
During the past several field seasons, Barbara’s involvement has supported the Watershed Health Monitoring program, and the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network Bio-criteria Research Project in which Otonabee Conservation participates.