SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canadian Wildlife Federation

December 08, 2015 10:02 ET

Search Underway for Canada's 2016 Conservation Heroes

Nominations Now Being Accepted for CWF 2016 Conservation Achievement Awards

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - December 08, 2015) - The Canadian Wildlife Federation is now accepting nominations for the CWF Conservation Achievement Awards that recognize distinguished contributions to wildlife conservation in Canada.

Presented annually, the Conservation Achievement Awards are comprised of nine categories which honour an individual or groups' commitment to wildlife or habitat in Canada.

Past winners include singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, who received the 2014 Robert Bateman Award for bringing awareness to conservation through her artistic work. Also in 2014, McMaster University graduates Kyle Empringham and Sujane Kandasamy received the Youth Conservation Award for their online environmental news site, thestarfish.ca. In 2015, the Stan Hodgkiss Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year Award was presented to David Dagley, a force in conservation efforts in southwestern Nova Scotia, having worked on a number of conservation projects, including successfully lobbying to establish provincial protected wilderness areas.

"CWF's Conservation Award Program has a history of honouring excellent work for wildlife being carried out across our country," said Wade Luzny, CWF Executive Vice-President. "From well-known Canadian artists such as musician Sarah Harmer, to community volunteers, to youth making waves across the country -- these awards are one way to pay tribute to what so many people have made their life's work: to ensure our natural heritage remains for future generations."

This year, CWF is introducing a new WILD Educator of the Year Award that recognizes a facilitator or instructor who utilizes CWF's education programming (e.g. Project WILD, Below Zero, WILD About Sports) to provide innovative and meaningful experiences for youth that focus on wildlife and build a strong conservation ethic.

Chosen recipients of the 2016 Conservation Awards will receive an expenses paid trip to Ottawa, Ontario to be recognized at the CWF Awards Banquet on June 25th, 2016. Winners will also be professionally photographed and receive a full feature story in Canadian Wildlife magazine.

Learn about the award categories and submit a nomination at CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca/awards. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET January 31st, 2016.

About Canadian Wildlife Federation:

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Holly Wilson
    Marketing and Events Coordinator
    Canadian Wildlife Federation
    t 1.877.599.5777
    613.599.9594 ext. 217
    hwilson@cwf-fcf.org