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​​​​​LSRCA Hands Out Environmental Awards

Annual Evening Celebrates the Efforts of Environmental Champions​​​​

 2017 Award Recipients

  • Healthy Water Award - Murray HawmanHealthy Water Award - Murray Hawman
    Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right) and Councillor Eek of King Township present Murray Hawman of Hawman Container Services with a Healthy Water Award.
  • Healthy Water Award - St. JosephHealthy Water Award - St. Joseph
    Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right) and Councillor Ferdinands, Whitchurch-Stouffville (left), present St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School with a Healthy Water Award.
  • Healthy Water Award - Gerties Creek Restoration ProjectHealthy Water Award - Gerties Creek Restoration Project
    Georgina Mayor Quirk (left) joins Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Dawe (right) to present a Healthy Water Award to the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation on the Gerties Creek Restoration Project.
  • Healthy Water Award - Waabgon GamigHealthy Water Award - Waabgon Gamig
    Georgina Mayor Quirk (left) joins Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Dawe (right) to present a Healthy Water Award to Waabgon Gamig First Nation School to celebrate their work on Gerties Creek on Georgina Island.
  • Healthy Lands Award - Riviere FamilyHealthy Lands Award - Riviere Family
    Councillor Eek, Township of King (left), joins Innisfil Councillor and LSRCA Vice-Chair Simpson (right) to present a Healthy Lands Award to Elie and Janie Riviere and their children.
  • Healthy Lands Award - Maple Grove Public SchoolHealthy Lands Award - Maple Grove Public School
    Newmarket Councillor Kerwin joins Innisfil Councillor and LSRCA Vice-Chair Simpson (right) to present a Healthy Lands Award to representatives from Maple Grove Public School.
  • Healthy Lands Award - St. Nicholas Catholic SchoolHealthy Lands Award - St. Nicholas Catholic School
    Innisfil Councillor and LSRCA Vice-Chair Simpson (far right) presents a Healthy Lands Award to representatives from St. Nicholas Catholic School.
  • Healthy Communities Award - TS TechHealthy Communities Award - TS Tech
    TS Tech Canada Inc. accepts a healthy communities award from Innisfil Councillor and LSRCA Vice-Chair Simpson (right) and Scugog Regional Councillor Drew (left).
  • Healthy Communities Award - Gord BennettHealthy Communities Award - Gord Bennett
    Bradford West Gwillimbury Councillor Ferragine (left) and Innisfil Councillor and LSRCA Vice-Chair Simpson (right) present Gord Bennett with a Healthy Communities Award.
  • Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist AwardErnie Crossland Young Conservationist Award
    Eva Crothers accepts the Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist Award from Innisfil Councillor and LSRCA Vice-Chair Simpson (left) and Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right).
  • George R. Richardson AwardGeorge R. Richardson Award
    Innsifil Councillor and LSRCA Vice-Chair Simpson, East Gwillimbury Mayor Hackson(2nd from left), and Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Chair Dawe, present the George R. Richardson Award to the family of the late Lorrie Mackness (Myvanwy, Gudrun and wife Grace).
  • Winners of the 2017 Conservation AwardsWinners of the 2017 Conservation Awards
    Winners of the 2017 Conservation Awards
  • Healthy Water Award - Town of NewmarketHealthy Water Award - Town of Newmarket
    Representatives from the Town of Newmarket accept a Healthy Water Award from Newmarket Councillor Kerwin (second from right) and Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right).
  • Healthy Water Award - Town of AuroraHealthy Water Award - Town of Aurora
    City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Strangway (left) and Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right) present representatives from the Town of Aurora with a Healthy Water Award.
  • Healthy Water Award - Town of Innisfil and South Simcoe Stream NetworkHealthy Water Award - Town of Innisfil and South Simcoe Stream Network
    Innisfil Councillor and LSRCA Vice-Chair Simpson (left), and Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right), present the Town of Innisfil and the South Simcoe Stream Network with a Healthy Water Award.
  • Healthy Water Award - Carson and Margaret ThornHealthy Water Award - Carson and Margaret Thorn
    Carson and Margaret Thorn accept a Healthy Water Award from Scugog Regional Councillor Drew (left) and Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right).
  • Healthy Water Award - Holland Marsh Growers AssociationHealthy Water Award - Holland Marsh Growers Association
    The Holland Marsh Growers Association accepts a Healthy Water Award from Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right) and East Gwillimbury Mayor Hackson (left).
  • Healthy Water Award - Mike NealonHealthy Water Award - Mike Nealon
    Georgina Regional Councillor Davison (left) and Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe (right) present Mike Nealon with a Healthy Water Award.
​​NEWMARKET – November 3, 2017 – At its 36th annual Conservation Awards ceremony held on the evening of Thursday, November 2, 2017, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) paid tribute to 20 individuals, businesses and groups who are working selflessly to better our environment.

During his remarks, Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair Geoffrey Dawe spoke to the outstanding achievements of the award winners. “Each and every one of our recipients has made a positive impact on the health of our watershed," said Chair Dawe. “We thank them, we honour them and we hope they inspire many more to take action for a healthier natural environment."​

Emceed by Jennifer Anderson of Rogers TV's That's My Story and former Media Recognition Award winner, the gala evening took place at Madsen's Greenhouse and Garden in Newmarket. Jen shared winning entry highlights, touching on the passion of ​the people behind the projects.

Each award recipient is committed to positive environmental actions that contribute to a more sustainable and healthier watershed. They do it for no other reason than they care about the world they live in. They are champions in the true sense of the word. 

Congratulations went out to this year's recipients as follows:

George R. Richardson Conservation Award of Honour:

Lorrie Mackness (posthumously, watershed wide)


Lorrie_Mackness.jpg​Often, it is after the death of someone that you truly realize how much they were involved in making a difference in this world and in the lives of others.

Lorrie Mackness was one of those people. He was an extremely passionate individual who was committed to community building. Not only was he a member of many sustainable organizations that are doing great work for our planet, he was usually the Chair, or a Director!

Just to mention a few: He was the Chair of York Environmental Stewardship in 2008; Chair of the Maskinonge River Recovery Project in 2009; Founding Member of Green Connections in 2010; and Director of the York Durham Ontario Woodlot Association in 2013. 

Lorrie's passion for making the world a better place was infectious. He was well-known for his distinctive laugh and his dry wit. Recently, one of his friends shared with us, that even when things got frustrating or contentious in a committee meeting, he always found a funny turn of phrase, and joined in with a good-natured chuckle. All who knew and volunteered alongside him benefitted from his leadership, mentoring and friendship.

In addition to his involvement in so many environmental organizations, Lorrie personally hosted edible walking tours, garden tours, pond tours and forest tours, all on his property in East Gwillimbury. He had his own landscape business where he was a passionate promoter of native plants and organic gardening.
He also helped to launch the inaugural Repair Café in York Region, which has now become a Region-wide initiative. Lorrie believed that if people would take a little bit of time to learn how to repair household items like toasters or lamps, that we could divert a lot of waste from our landfill sites.

Lorrie also believed that another way to preserve nature is to have residents enjoy it and see its wonders with their own eyes. It's been said that anyone privileged enough to attend any of Lorrie's events walked away wiser.

Lorrie was a challenger. He had exactly the kind of personality required to get things done. But he was also a gentle, knowledgeable man who lived life to the fullest and was always eager to share his experiences and knowledge with anyone who would listen. He especially enjoyed encouraging youth to become engaged in environmentalism, conservationism, and compassion for all things flora and fauna.

His dedication over many, many years has motivated others to complete environmental projects and to become involved in amazing partnerships. His impact and legacy will live on through his passion, courage and commitment and the many projects he touched.

Lorrie Mackness made a difference in so many ways, without expectation of recognition or reward, but simply for the sake of doing the right thing - for the environment, for the community, for the trails, for all of it.

Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist Award:

Eva Crothers (Uxbridge)


Eva_Crothers.jpgAfter LSRCA's Outreach Instructor, Dana Eldon, attended Uxbridge Public School to do a presentation, Eva realized just how important it is to protect our environment.

Wanting to do something that would make a difference, 10 year old Eva decided she would start up an Eco Club at the school.

With the support of her teachers, Eva promoted and coordinated the majority of work that went into creating the Club, which is now made up of 10 students from Grades one to four.

Some of the activities and initiatives that the club has taken on so far include, garbage pick-up in the school's nature garden, evaluating how each classroom can reduce the amount of garbage they produce, designing wall posters to make students aware of the club, designing posters placed at school printers and photocopiers to encourage less paper use, and producing eco- announcements to the entire school.

Eva demonstrates what it is to be an ambassador for the environment and is a true example of leadership.​
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It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to work with our community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed by leading research, policy and action.

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Media Contact:
Kristen Yemm
Corporate Communications
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 315
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
Email:k.yemm@LSRCA.on.ca

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