The Power of One

In the weeks leading up to the final deadline for award nominations, we will be profiling various Conservation Halton Awards of Excellence recipients from years past. Here is the second in the series.

Roger Wilson, Waterdown
2008 Citizen Award Recipient


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Over the years many of the Conservation Halton Awards of Excellence have lived and embraced the philosophy from The Lorax.  Roger Wilson of Waterdown, the 2008 Citizen Award Recipient, is a great example.

In his nomination submitted by the late John MacLennan, who was on Conservation Halton’s Board of Directors at the time, he stated, Roger has worked at many jobs over his life time, including appliance repair, refrigeration and charter bus driver. 

He retired eight years ago after some heart problems.  Roger became an avid walker and walks three to four hours a day, six days a week and picks up garbage and litter on his walks. 

He then goes home and sorts the trash. On an average week he will put out 22 blue boxes for the recycle truck and much more for the regular garbage.  He has been doing this all over the Town ofWaterdownfor the last eight years.  He is a shy and retiring man not looking for attention.  He sees his role as one wanting to help keep his community clean and neat.

Roger’s actions embody that if we all care and try to make a difference, it can get better.

About the Conservation Halton Awards of Excellence

Every year, Conservation Halton recognizes people and organizations who have made significant contributions to conservation in the Halton watershed. Nominees have included such groups as teacher associations and federations, scout and guide organizations, naturalist clubs, corporations, government agencies and private landowners. Click here for more information on other previous Awards of Excellence winners.

Anyone in the community can submit a nomination in the following award categories – Citizen, Community, Corporate, Education and Stewardship. Nominations must be submitted by midnight on Monday, April 30, 2012, click here for more information on the awards and to submit a nomination.


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