NPCA launches water, environmental leadership award
By Ground Water Canada
By Ground Water Canada
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – Former prime minister John Turner is the first recipient of his namesake award from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority that will recognize water and environmental leadership.
The Rt. Hon. John Turner Water & Environmental Leadership Award will be handed out annually to an individual, group or business who has demonstrated leadership in promoting or improving water and the environment within the NPCA’s watershed. “Our watershed – Niagara, parts of Hamilton and Haldimand – is home to some of the most beautiful nature in Canada,” said NPCA CAO Carmen D’Angelo, in a news release. “There are many organizations and people who voluntarily help promote and enhance our local environmental treasures and we ought to recognize them for their passion and dedication.”
All net proceeds from the evening will support the work of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority through its foundation. “Projects such as improving water quality, adding to our tree canopy, protecting endangered species and improving our beautiful conservation areas benefit from the generous support of our donors,” said vice-chair and foundation board member Sandy Annunziata. “We are also happy to announce that part of the proceeds from tonight’s event will establish the Rt. Hon. John Turner Environmental Scholarship,” added Mr. Annunziata. The scholarship will be awarded to a student entering their second year of environmental study at Brock University with exceptional academic standing.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of a Canadian, handmade canoe paddle to Turner, engraved with his name and the name of the award. “This award will forever recognize the passion, dedication and commitment Mr. Turner had during his 25 year career in Canadian Parliament and continuing after his time in politics,” said NPCA Board Chair, Bruce Timms. “He has advocated for and brought a strong influential voice to our nation’s greatest treasures: our water and our land; we honour Prime Minister Turner for all he has done to raise awareness and profile of Canada’s environment and ensure that future generations of Canadians will continue to enjoy our country’s great natural treasures.”