Written By: Norm Miller, Communications Advisor
For thirty plus years, Conservation Halton has been presenting awards to recognize acts of green in the community. The winners have been diverse, ranging from community environmental groups who are all about the cause, to large corporations who have added a touch of green to a project.
Perhaps the most inspirational and heart-warming stories each year are the everyday people, people like you and I, who have decided to do something for the betterment of the community, or maybe even their street. One of the most famous quotes in the world comes from Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The everyday heroes honoured by Conservation Halton at the awards, are nowhere near as famous as Gandhi, but they’ve embraced that concept.
In 2013, Doreen Carver was recognized with a Citizen Award. For many years, Doreen had diligently picked up garbage along rural roads, specifically along Walkers Line between No. 1 Sideroad and No. 4 Sideroad and along No. 2 Sideroad between Walkers Line and Appleby Line. After retiring Doreen took it upon herself to contribute to the beauty of the area by doing regular cleanups along the road. She demonstrated that it is never too early or too late to try and help cherish and protect our environment.
Barbara Frensch from Burlington was recognized in 2008 for initiating a recycling program at the 2007 Rotary Ribfest in Burlington, resulting in the diversion of 16 tonnes of waste from the landfill and recycling 4 tonnes of cooking grease into biodiesel. This program added an environmental element to a large and popular community event, introducing thousands of people to the importance of waste diversion in a hands-on way. Barbara continues to be very active in the local environmental community.
The Conservation Halton Awards annually recognize environmental heroes in our watershed who have worked hard to protect, preserve, or enhance our environment. This year’s awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 23 in the evening at the Milton Centre for the Arts.
If you know a Conservation Hero, you can nominate them for a Conservation Halton Award by clicking here. No act of green is too small … or too big! The Awards deadline is now May 19, 2015 and the categories are:
- Citizen (Youth)
- Education (Individual)
- Education (Group or School)
- Media / Blogger
Do you know an everyday hero who could be recognized as a Conservation Hero? Then perhaps you should nominate them for a Conservation Halton Award!