Nominations soon close for annual Stewardship Awards

Various categories celebrate conservation, restoration and other forms of positive environmental action

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

The City of Campbell River’s annual Stewardship Awards are the City’s way of “showing our appreciation to the citizens of Campbell River who inspire others to conserve and restore our environment,” according to Mayor Andy Adams. “We are recognizing a diverse range of people who dedicate their time to making our city a greener and more vibrant community.”

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.”

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.

Easton received the Habitat Protection/Creation award in 2011, and his wife Carole says the bursary pays tribute to his memory and “his hands-on passion for fish and wildlife habitat.”

The awards will be presented at the annual Haig-Brown Festival on Sept. 13. 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.

Nominations close Aug. 28. Members of the public interested in submitting one can pick up the nomination form at City Hall, or download it here.

For more information about the awards, call the City at 250-286-5727.