For a decade the city has honoured volunteers, groups and businesses who put forth tremendous efforts towards environmental excellence. This year’s Stewardship Award winners are:
Air Quality: Guardian Chimney Services, for its long standing commitment to air quality and Burn It Smart education.
Pesticide Free: Elaine Jansen, the “Compost Diva” who is guiding the community by example through a Nature Works, integrated pest management planning process.
Water/Energy Conservation: Steve Woods, School District 72 Manager of Operations, for extensive lighting upgrades in schools, engineering studies and behaviour changes.
Habitat Protection/Creation: Tom Easton, a Simms streamkeeper who also volunteers on the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee.
Waste Reduction: Susan Black, Clean Living Initiative, for organizing a grass roots action to remove rubbish from city sidwalks.
Youth Special Recognition: 1st Willow Point Scout Group for its annual shoreline cleanup, cleaning the estuary by canoe, and trail cleanups.
Environmental Excellence: Morgan Ostler, a tireless spokeswoman for the environmental. She worked for the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee and chairs the Agriculture Plan Steering Committee and the Community Advisory Committee.