Stewardship Awards nominations open

Nominate people, organizations, businesses or industries within our region who have taken positive environmental action over the past year

The deadline is looming to nominate people, organizations, businesses or industries within our region who have taken positive environmental action over the past year.

“Every day, there are citizens in Campbell River who are working in the community’s green corridors and the urban environment to restore habitat and create vibrant, livable spaces,” says Mayor Andy Adams. “It is time to recognize their diverse accomplishments and share their stories.”

The awards are categorized to celebrate different types of environmental efforts and strategies.

Avid walkers or cyclists could be nominated in the “Air Quality/Alternative Transportation” category, for example, while an organization working to rebuild or restore wildlife habitat could be nominated in “Habitat Protection/Creation.”

Water or energy conservation, waste reduction and pesticide-free and urban agriculture initiatives are also recognized.

There is also a “Youth Special Recognition” category celebrating young people who are taking up the cause of environmental protection, and there is another special recognition for youth involved in protection or conservation.

The Tom Easton Remembrance Bursary is a $200 award to a young person (19 or under) who is entering or returning to an accredited post-secondary institution in environmental studies and who has been contributing positively to environmental stewardship.

“Tom was recognized in 2011 for his environmental achievements when he received the habitat protection/creation award,” says his wife Carole Easton. “His friends really wanted to pay tribute to Tom’s memory and his hands-on passion for fish and wildlife habitat.”

The awards will be presented at the annual Haig-Brown Festival on Sept. 25.

The festival is a celebration of environmental and social causes championed by the Haig-Brown family, including conservation, fly-fishing, arts and literature and social justice, accompanied by food and live music.

To nominate an awards candidate, download an application form from the “What’s New” section of the city’s website or download it here (PDF). Paper copies are available at City Hall. For more information on these awards, please contact the City by phoning 250-286-5711, or emailing terri.martin@campbellriver.ca.

Nominations close Sept. 9.