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2018 Ontario Nature Conservation Award recipients © Noah Cole

Local conservation heroes recognized for their outstanding contributions to nature

Hamilton, ONT – May 28, 2019 – On June 1st, Ontario Nature, a leading conservation organization, celebrated the exceptional contributions made by individuals and groups toward nature conservation. The Ontario Nature Conservation Awards ceremony took place at Mohawk College in Hamilton.

Award winners are:

  • Dale MacKenzie received the Ontario Nature Achievement Award for spearheading the Farabout Peninsula Coalition in its work to protect a significant natural area from industrial development.
  • Don Davis received the W.E. Saunders Natural History Award for promoting the study, conservation and public awareness of the monarch butterfly.
  • Kate Harries received the Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award for many years of writing about conservation issues in a variety of media.
  • Sue Carstairs received the J.R. Dymond Public Service Award for her leadership with the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre and lifelong passion providing veterinary care for wildlife.
  • Jakob Griffin received the Margaret and Carl Nunn Camp Scholarship to attend Nature Camp at Camp Kawartha for his interest in natural history and potential to take a future leadership role.
  • Carolinian Canada Coalition received the Ontario Nature Corporate Award for its efforts to preserve, protect, and restore flora and fauna in Ontario’s Carolinian Life Zone.
  • Barb McKean received the Richards Education Award for her outstanding contribution to outdoor education.
  • Margaret Prophet and Sandy Agnew received the Steve Hounsell Greenway Award as founders of the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and their dedicated efforts to protect and expand the Greenbelt in Simcoe County.
  • Bill Read received the W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award for his major contributions to the restoration of the eastern bluebird population in Ontario.

For more information/media inquiries:

John Hassell, Ontario Nature
Director of Communications and Engagement


Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters, and 155 member groups across Ontario. For more information, visit ontarionature.org.