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Wallaceburg resident involved in stewardship efforts

By Trevor Terfloth,
Sarnia This Week,
June 13 2017

A long-time advocate for environmental stewardship in Lambton-Kent has been recognized for his efforts.

Wallaceburg’s Larry Cornelis received the Ontario Nature Achievement Award, presented by the non-profit group Ontario Nature.

The award ceremony, which took place June 3 in Innisfil, was part of an Ontario Nature event celebrating the group’s 86th anniversary.

“It’s a great honour to be able to get that award and be recognized,” Cornelis said Wednesday.

He has served as president of Lambton Wildlife and the Sydenham Field Naturalists and currently serves on their boards.

Cornelis is a sought-after speaker for various naturalist clubs and gardening groups throughout Southern Ontario, and leads hikes for Lambton Wildlife’s young naturalists group and Sarnia Girl Guides.

He said he’s proud of being involved in the protection of ecologically significant habitat.

While he said more volunteers are always needed, he believes many people are getting the message. He also appreciated all the donors who’ve assisted the cause over the years.

“I think we’re getting the word out,” he said. “There’s a lot of public outreach and education. You can’t expect everyone to be a volunteer, but their support is a big thing too.”

He was one of the nine individuals and one organization that were honoured.

“These conservation heroes have gone above and beyond to protect wild species and wild spaces, fighting to preserve Ontario’s natural beauty,” the organization stated in a release.