Essex Region – Seven organizations and individuals were honoured with Essex Region Conservation Awards for their efforts in making the Windsor/Essex/Pelee Island region more environmentally sustainable.
“It’s very inspiring to have the opportunity to celebrate so many organizations and individuals who have made an incredible impact on the environment,” said Tania Jobin, who was re-acclaimed as ERCA’s Chair. “Even through the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, various stages of lockdowns and reopening, there have been significant accomplishments in conservation, and we are most thankful to all of these award recipients for their dedication.”
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards – Conservation Farm Award for the implementation of many conservation farm practices, including shelterbelts, planting 7,000 trees, creating a 3 acre wetland, a field tile outlet, and using by-products from wine making as a soil amendment.
Cara Braun – Youth Award to this Leamington District Secondary School Minister of the Environment, who helped found the Windsor-Essex Youth Climate Council, organized a school strike for climate, kept the school’s Eco-team engaged through virtual meetings, serves as a member of ERCA’s How-To Crew, and is creating a cross-curricular climate education program.
Healthy Headwaters Lab – Education Award for these multi-disciplinary students who, under the leadership of Dr. Catherine Febria, work closely with decision makers to restore freshwater ecosystems to full health and vitality. They focus on a variety of headwater ecosystems such as drains, wetlands, streams and interfaces between surface and groundwater, and align the values of science, society and holistic restoration through partnerships, research, Indigenous collaborations and role in the local community.
SuNaAnRu Green Earth – Volunteer Award for this family’s significant contributions to tree plantings, shoreline cleanups, seed collection, facilitating native plant exchanges, nurturing seedlings and creating pollinator habitat. As well as leading by example to improve biodiversity, they positively influence others to participate in stewardship initiatives by promoting conservation broadly through social media.
Bill Roesel – Environmental Achievement for his lifelong dedication to protecting and restoring the region’s environment. Retired from his position as City of Windsor manager of forestry and horticulture, Bill serves as the President of the Friends of Ojibway Prairie, has a long history of instilling a love of nature and stewardship in others, and has been a strong advocate in the effort to create Ojibway National Urban Park.
Enbridge Gas Inc – Environmental Achievement for its longstanding support of environmental education, significant investments in tree planting locally and province-wide, and extraordinary duty of care in protecting natural heritage and hazards during the replacement of the 64km Windsor Line. As well, Enbridge Gas Ltd. was a key contributor to the Community Task Force and Project Work Team for the Essex County Regional Energy Plan, and has committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Aaron Zimmer – Dennis Chase Staff Award for his positivity, kindness, creativity, flexibility and professionalism. He eagerly brings fresh ideas and new perspectives to engage people in conservation through his work as ERCA’s Multi-media Specialist.
The Essex Region Conservation Authority is a public sector organization established by the Province in 1973, and governed by local municipalities to provide for the organization and delivery of programs and services that further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in watersheds in Ontario.