Each year the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) honours individuals, businesses or groups within our watershed, who are making small changes that add up to big differences — one step at a time.
"We present these Conservation Awards to recognize and celebrate our watershed heroes - the individuals and groups who demonstrate that by working together, we can find a true sense of balance where human needs can be satisfied without sacrificing our natural environment," said Mayor Virginia Hackson, LSRCA Chair.
This year's top honour goes to John Sibbald of Georgina. Mr. Sibbald, President and Chief Executive Officer of the historic lakeside resort The Briars, has long been involved in the conservation and preservation of lake and land as well as historic buildings and landmarks. This life-long commitment made him an excellent choice for the George R. Richardson Conservation Award of Honour.
"Mr. Sibbald has poured a lifetime of passion and energy into environmental advocacy and policy development. He truly is a hero and has made life in the Lake Simcoe watershed, and Canada as a whole, better because of his leadership and commitment," said Chair Hackson.
Recognizing the importance of engaging youth in conservation efforts, each year LSRCA presents the Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist Award to an individual, or in some cases a group, who are 30 years of age or younger and have a significant leadership role in a conservation project or with a conservation-based organization. This year, LSRCA honoured Matt Stergiou from Bradford West Gwillimbury.
Additionally, LSRCA handed out 27 awards in the categories of Water Conservation; Soil Conservation; Education; Media Recognition, Conservation Award of Merit and Volunteer Recognition.
For details on these other awards and winners, please go to: