Conservation Awards

2016 Conservation Halton Awards

The 2016 Conservation Halton Awards took place on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Milton Centre for the Arts. The Conservation Halton Awards recognize environmental heroes in our watershed who have worked hard to protect, preserve, or enhance our environment.

Every person, group, or school, in the various awards categories are nominated from the community. Nominations closed on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at midnight.


2016 Conservation Halton Award Winners

Citizen - Diane and Jim Miller, Milton

Diane and Jim Miller 2016 Conservation Halton Citizen Award

Diane and Jim have been doing reforestation and protecting a natural environment and watershed on their property to protect the native flora and fauna for 37 years working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Guelph Corrections. The Millers reforested and maintained a 22 acre woodlot on a 27 1/2 acre property which includes environmentally sensitive land, home to rare flora and fauna and a peat moss bog. They have planted 9,000 new trees on 10 acres of the property in 1979, and continued to maintain the rest of the property, which includes white cedar swamp and peat moss bog, without intrusion. Contracts are regularly drawn up in accordance with the Ministry of Natural Resources in order to maintain the natural status of the land.

Citizen (Youth) - Jack Mogus, Oakville
(Oakville Regional and Town Councillor and Conservation Halton Board Member Allan Elgar on left, presents Jack Mogus with his award and a Conservation Hero cape)

Jack Mogus 2016 Conservation Halton Citizen (Youth) Award

16 year old Jack Mogus founded a youth-led organization in 2012 ‘Change by YOUth’ which spearheads environmental initiatives through volunteerism, opportunity and leadership. Jack began his volunteer work in 2011 when he helped organize a local shoreline cleanup in Oakville at the age of eleven. Jack’s dedication in helping to keep our waterways clean has now expanded to over 20 shoreline cleanups throughout Oakville serving as Shoreline Cleanup Site Coordinator in at least 18 of those cleanups. In 2014 Jack volunteered as a Forest Health Ambassador with the Town of Oakville where he surveyed trees helping to identify signs and symptoms of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Gypsy Moth. Jack actively participates in the annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville with the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR). Jack served as a volunteer with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Swift Watch bird monitoring program in 2013 and 2014, where he collected valuable data on the number of Chimney Swift birds at three locations in Oakville. Since 2012 Jack has participated in numerous tree planting events with Conservation Halton, Oakvillegreen and at TD Tree Days Tree Planting. Jack’s dedication to the environment, outstanding volunteer efforts and humbleness is truly exemplary to all.

Community - Halton Region, Tremaine Road Wildlife Passage
(Bob Rook, MMM Group on left accepts Community Award on behalf of Halton Region from Oakville Mayor  and Conservation Halton Board Member Rob Burton)

Halton Region 2016 Conservation Halton Community Award

During the Reconstruction of Tremaine Road from Main Street to Steeles Avenue, the Project team led by Dave Collum of Halton Region incorporated wildlife passage into road design to improve road safety and facilitate wildlife movement across the road corridor in key locations. This included installation of a wildlife culvert, strategically placed fencing for amphibians, sizing drainage culverts to include wildlife passage. By incorporating wildlife movement/passage into the road design, the realigned section of Tremaine Road will handle increased traffic volumes while facilitating wildlife movement, thus mitigating impacts to the existing Natural Heritage System. This is particularly important in this sensitive area along the base of the Niagara Escarpment. This was a group effort and a lot of people were involved: Bob Rook, Anne MacMillan, Kevin Kauffeldt, Tim Mitchell and Mat Dill from MMM Group, Mike Smyth and Rick DaSilva from Fermar Paving to name a few.

Education - Tom Thomson School, Burlington
(Burlington Councillor and Conservation Halton Board member Marianne Meed Ward presents Education Award to Starr LeRiche, Teacher and Randy Morassut, Principal from Tom Thomson School)

Tom Thomson Public School 2016 Conservation Halton Education Award

Tom Thomson P.S. is not only an EcoSchool but a Platinum certified school. At the annual Eco-Nights, the entire school was involved with their art work on environmental issues being showcased for parents to see as well as those community partners invited to partake in the Eco-Night Celebration (through information displays). In addition, this art was also on display at the Royal Botanical Gardens and Burlington’s Central Public Library. Tom Thomson students and teachers planted 16 trees and 45 shrubs on school property; held book swaps with over a thousand used books recirculated to other students each time the event was held; clothing drives to send used clothing to a less developed country; freshwater campaigns to provide clean water for villages in less developed countries; challenging other local schools (Clarksdale and Lakeshore public schools) in a weeklong Halton Waste Challenge encouraging students to minimize their waste; and Battery Blitz Campaigns. Last year, a clean up was organized at Spencer Smith Park on April 4 as part of the City of Burlington’s Love My Hood program. Another clean up also took place around the school property and Optimist Park as part of the Burlington Clean Up Green Up events taking place around Earth Day.

Stewardship - Italian Canadian Club of Milton
(Oakville Mayor Rob Burton presenting Stewardship Award to Wendy Roberts and others from the Italian Canadian Club of Milton)

ICCM 2016 Conservation Halton Stewardship Award

The Italian Canadian Club of Milton created Milton’s first Monarch Watch certified Monarch Waystation, with 128 square feet of native species pollinator garden, abutting Conservation Halton and Niagara Escarpment land. 30 people were involved with the garden which was established in Spring of 2015 and expanded/certified in 2016. Their work enhanced native species habitat on Niagara corridor. The club held a public planting, as well as education and social events. Other activities by the club include Halton Green Screens film events, and host of Milton Green Drinks.

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Conservation Halton Awards

Every year, Conservation Halton recognizes people and organizations who have made significant contributions to conservation in the Halton watershed. Nominees have included such groups as teacher associations and federations, scout and guide organizations, naturalist clubs, corporations, government agencies and private landowners.

The award categories are listed below.

  • Citizen Award – Presented to a citizen who has made a significant effort to improve the natural environment in the Halton Watershed
  • Citizen (Youth) Award – Presented to a youth who has made a significant effort to improve the natural environment in the Halton Watershed.
  • Community Award - Presented to a community, organization, institution, municipality, or business that has undertaken a significant conservation action that exemplifies wise conservation.
  • Education Award  Presented to an individual, group or school that has promoted a better understanding and appreciation of conservation.
  • Stewardship Award – Presented to a landowner who demonstrates stewardship excellence in protecting the natural environment either on their property, or on public land.
  • Ralph Sherwood Honour Roll – Presented to past and current directors of Conservation Halton and its volunteer Foundation for exemplary effort in protecting and enhancing the natural environment. Nominations for this award come from Conservation Halton board members and staff.