The Healthy Community 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 Community award was presented to the following recipients in 2019:
- Brechin Public School (Brechin, Brock Township) – For planning, educating and leading the student body in support of various environmental initiatives.
- Durham Shredders (Durham Region) – For promoting land stewardship and teaching riders about trail etiquette.
- Eco-Guardian (Newmarket) – For promoting pure products for a clean future by reducing the impact of waste on the environment.
- Noeline Burk (Newmarket) – For her leadership in attaining the Platinum Ontario EcoSchools certification and overseeing several environmental initiatives.
- Ross James (Sunderland) – For collecting and providing over 25 years of in-depth handwritten notes on a wide variety of species living in the Beaver River wetland.
- Roy Alexander (East Gwillimbury, Newmarket) – For organizing community clean ups and educating people on respecting natural spaces.
- Tanya Murray (Newmarket) – For raising the profile of outdoor and environmental education.