The Healthy Communities Award celebrates individuals or groups in our watershed who have completed a project that increases community connections and engagement through events, fairs and festivals; tree plantings; clean-ups and community programs. It also acknowledges significant traditional media or social media coverage; delivering innovative environmental programs or services; as well as sharing knowledge and information through campaigns.
The Healthy Communities award was presented to 10 recipients in 2018:
Cannington and Area Historical Society & Cannington Horticultural Society (Cannington) – For their enthusiasm and hard work organizing a community tree planting event and a hands-on nature experience where a local school group participated in numerous stations learning about the environment.
- Carol Karner (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket) –For spearheading the creation of themed Nature Backpacks, available at Aurora, East Gwillimbury and Newmarket libraries, containing resources, materials and equipment for families to get active outdoors and connect with the natural environment.
- Children's Development Services, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (Barrie, Bradford West Gwillimbury) – For developing a program that enables early learners with developmental needs and their families to engage in outdoor life experiences in a supported and safe environment.
- Innisfil Library Seed Program (Innisfil) – For offering library patrons a selection of vegetable, herb and flower seeds to grow at home and enjoy.
- Michelle Nye (Newmarket) – For engaging students in rich inquiry based outdoor learning and enhancing local greenspaces.
- Mount Albert Lions Club (East Gwillimbury) – For organizing a community Nature Day engaging participants in various environmental activities.
- Nature's Emporium (Newmarket) – For their commitment to the environment by developing a Sustainable Selections product family and for introducing compostable shopping bags.
- Simcoe Country District School Board (Simcoe County) – For being a leader in implementing environmental initiatives within their schools.
- Tycoed Restorative Farm (Uxbridge) – For undertaking a restorative farm project and encouraging self-reliance through permaculture, hugelkultur, solar and wind power.
- Wellington Public School (Aurora) – For taking ownership of a local park and regularly cleaning up garbage and other debris and for their efforts to reduce their environmental footprint within the school environment.