Ontario Nature Conservation Awards 2018-2019 Nomination Deadline
Community involvement defines Ontario Nature’s character and approach. With its member groups and individual members, Ontario Nature has made a significant impact on conservation issues in communities across Ontario and continues to build a natural legacy for future generations.
The Ontario Nature Conservation Awards recognize excellence by honouring individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations who have worked to protect nature in Ontario. This flyer explains the awards criteria and the nomination procedure, and highlights key dates and events.
ONTARIO NATURE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Criteria: Ontario Nature member who has made an outstanding contribution to the activities of Ontario Nature. The contribution may have entailed significant
effort over a long period of time or intensive work over a short period of time.
W.E. SAUNDERS NATURAL HISTORY AWARD
Nominee: Individual or group
Criteria: Nominees must achieve a significant goal related to an aspect of natural history or natural science research. This could include developing key natural history resources (e.g., atlases, inventories, studies), raising public awareness of natural history, demonstrating local leadership, saving a natural area, or generating conservation funds or publications.
RICHARDS EDUCATION AWARD
Criteria: Nominees must succeed in helping people understand the natural world and become enthusiastic supporters of conservation and environmental
protection. This can be accomplished through a special contribution to natural history education and communication. Nominees who acted as volunteers will receive preference, but people employed to do this work are also eligible.
W.W.H. GUNN CONSERVATION AWARD
Criteria: Nominees acting either independently or as a group leader must demonstrate outstanding personal service and a strong commitment to nature
conservation over a number of years with exceptional results.
CARL NUNN MEDIA AND CONSERVATION AWARD
Nominee: Individual, team or media outlet
Criteria: Nominees must engage in effective communication on one or more conservation issue. Nominees can be from print, radio, TV, or Internet organizations.
J.R. DYMOND PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Nominee: Individual, group, or government agency
Criteria: Nominees must show distinguished public service that resulted in exceptional environmental achievement. This public service may include
a change in legislation or policy, preservation of a species or area, or leadership in a particular environmental issue.
IAN SHENSTONE FRASER MEMORIAL AWARD
Nominee: Individual or group
Criteria: Nominees must make a significant contribution to the maintenance, protection, preservation or restoration of the Niagara Escarpment.
LEE SYMMES MUNICIPAL AWARD
Nominee: Town, city, municipality or region
Criteria: Nominees must exhibit community leadership and exceptional achievement in planning or implementing programs that protect and regenerate the natural environment within a community. This may be accomplished directly through protection or creation of natural areas, or indirectly through policies or
planning measures that support energy conservation or native biodiversity.
ONTARIO NATURE CORPORATE AWARD
Nominee: Corporation or other organization active in Ontario
Criteria: Nominees must demonstrate outstanding leadership or sound action in the environmental field. The award is given to a corporation or other organization for protecting the natural environment either directly through corporate policies or
through a major initiative(s), such as the creation of parks, the protection of wetlands or forested areas, or indirectly through other undertakings that have stimulated significant environmental actions.
THE STEVE HOUNSELL GREENWAY AWARD
Nominee: Individual or group
Criteria: Nominees are honoured for adding a vital linking piece to Ontario Nature’s Greenway Initiative, by preserving a natural core area or corridor, building public support for preserving a natural heritage system, laying the groundwork for a legislative advance in Greenway planning, fighting to restore a watershed, or any other action that contributes to the Greenway.
MARGARET AND CARL NUNN MEMORIAL CAMP SCHOLARSHIP
Criteria: Nominees, who are 7 to 14 years of age, must display promise and interest in natural history interpretation or education and have the potential to take
an increased leadership role in club programs. A written statement from the nominee must accompany the nomination indicating that she/he is interested and available to attend a four-day Nature Camp at Camp Kawartha. Individuals must be nominated by a member group.
Nominations deadline: March 25, 2019
Nominations acknowledged: April 1, 2019
Winners notified: May 3, 2019
Awards ceremony: June 1, 2019
Awards published: ON Nature, Autumn 2019
1. Nominations must be submitted on an official form. To obtain a form please visit
ontarionature.org/awards, or contact Jaklynn Nimec (contact information is provided below). Nominations can be submitted either electronically or by mail.
2. Nominees who are Ontario Nature members must be nominated by two people
(can be non-members) or one member group.
3. Nominees who are not Ontario Nature members must be nominated by two current Ontario Nature members or one Ontario Nature member group.
4. A person may be nominated for more than one award; however, each nomination must be submitted on a separate form.
5. Nominators must provide any supporting material with their submission.
6. Nominations must be received by March 25, 2019.
7. Awards are given at the discretion of the Awards Committee.
Recipients of Ontario Nature’s Conservation Awards will be honoured at Ontario Nature’s 88th Annual General Meeting at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Visit ontarionature.org/agm for more information.
The Awards Committee consists of current Ontario Nature Board members.
Please forward nominations, including supporting material, to the attention of:
Chair, Ontario Nature Awards Committee, at the mailing address or email address below.
214 King Street West, Suite 612
Toronto, ON M5H 3S6
Toll free: 1-800-440-2366