Celebrating Our Conservationists
We all know people who make a difference in our lives, in the lives of others, and in the wildlife areas around our communities. And while these hard-working volunteers and professionals are largely putting in the hours simply to see improvement in their cause, it’s nice to be recognized every now and again. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is doing just that.
Introducing The 2015 Canadian Wildlife Foundation Conservation Awards.
Every year the Canadian Wildlife Federation awards Canada’s top conservationists as nominated by you. The nomination form is intricate and needs some time and effort put into it so if you have someone in mind, I would get started now.
There are eight awards presented by the Wildlife Federation, each representing a different category. The following award descriptions have been taken from the Canadian Wildlife Foundation website so none of the meaning is lost.
The Roland Michener Conservation Award: Any individual who has demonstrated a commitment to conservation through effective and responsible activities that promote, enhance and further the conservation of Canada’s natural resources is eligible for this award.
The Roderick Haig-Brown Award: Any individual who has made a significant contribution to furthering the sport of angling and/or the conservation, development and wise use of Canada’s recreational fisheries is eligible for this award.
The Past Presidents’ Canadian Legislator Award: Any individual who is a provincial, territorial, or federal elected legislator and who has made a significant contribution to the conservation of wildlife in Canada is eligible for this award.
The Doug Clarke Memorial Award: Any conservation project that was completed during the previous year by any Canadian Wildlife Federation affiliate, its clubs, or its members is eligible for this award. To be eligible, a project must be submitted by an affiliate. Details of a project must include a concise description of its purpose, activities, extent of participation by individuals, project costs and duration of the project, results achieved and a summary of how the project benefited wildlife.
The Stan Hodgkiss Outdoorsperson of the Year Award: Any Canadian outdoorsperson who has demonstrated an active commitment to conservation in Canada is eligible for this award. All nominations must include a complete summary of candidate’s outdoor and conservation activities including affiliations with organizations and service clubs, participation in civic affairs and youth groups, etc., as well as biographical information.
The Youth Conservation Award: Any Canadian youth or youth group who have participated in a wildlife or habitat conservation project, or activity. Nominations must include a summary of the project or activity, including information about the group and its members.
The Youth Mentor Award: Any individual or group who has made significant contribution in creating or presenting programs that are dedicated toward Youth in introducing the importance of Conservation, Habitat or Wildlife.
The Robert Bateman Award: Any individual or group that brings awareness to conservation through an artistic means is eligible for this award. Artistic expression includes but is not limited to: painting, sculpture, photography, writing, song, choreography.
Let’s recognize the efforts of the people around us. Let’s nominate them, show them we appreciate what they do for us and our communities, and let’s celebrate their commitment to conservation.