Conservation Authority looking to celebrate an environmental heroes

Monday, September 24, 2012   by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
News Release


Community groups, businesses, organizations and individuals working to conserve, preserve, protect and/or enhance our watershed and natural environment have the opportunity to apply for or nominate someone for one of two environmental awards presented annually by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.

Deadline for applications and nominations for the Dorothy Walford Memorial Environmental Award and the Ward Smith Environmental Youth Award is October 4, 2012.

“Many members of the public are doing great things for the environment throughout the watershed without any fanfare or recognition. This is an opportunity to recognize these people and showcase their commitment to the health of our watershed,” explains Brian Tayler, NBMCA’s CAO.

The Dorothy Walford Environmental Memorial Award is open to individuals and organizations. The Ward Smith Environmental Youth Award is granted to a youth group or individual under the age of 18.

Created in 1971 by Pollution Probe of North Bay, the Dorothy Walford Memorial Award is named in recognition of Walford’s dedication to increasing environmental consciousness. In 1976, the North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Authority assumed responsibility for granting this award.

The Ward Smith Environmental Youth Award has been named to pay tribute to Ward Smith, Chairman of the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority from 1978 through 1991. Smith believed strongly in youth and their potential as environmental leaders.

The deadline for nominations/application is October 4, 2012. An awards ceremony is scheduled for November. NBMCA will grant $500 to an environmental group or charity chosen by each of the Award winners.

Nomination/application packages are available through the NBMCA. More information about the awards as well as previous recipients and their projects can be obtained by calling (705) 474-5420 or by visiting the website at

The NBMCA’s annual awards are made possible through the generous support of the Foster Wild Environmental Fund.

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) was founded in 1972 by the Province of Ontario and the NBMCA’s 10 member municipalities. A non-profit organization, the NBMCA works closely with the public to ensure the environmental health of the region’s watershed. The NBMCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities who are members of Conservation Ontario.

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