Larry Cornelis, former president of Lambton Wildlife Inc. and the Sydenham Field Naturalists, received the Ontario Nature Achievement Award for his conservation work in southwestern Ontario. He is a sought-after speaker for local naturalist clubs and gardening groups, and also leads hikes for Lambton Wildlife’s young naturalists group and Sarnia Girl Guides.
Bill McIlveen received the W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award for his dedication to surveying and writing about Ontario’s wildlife and plants. He has authored more than 300 articles and reports on nature in the province.
Karen Bateman and Marilyn Swaby received the Richards Education Award for their longtime commitment to connecting children and youth with nature. They both volunteer with Nature Guelph’s Young Naturalists Program.
Michael Barnstijn and Louise MacCallum, founding members of rare Charitable Research Reserve, received the Steve Hounsell Greenway Award. Their work ensures over 900 acres of highly sensitive lands remain protected and accessible to the public.
Shawn Micallef received the Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award for his work with Spacing Magazine and The Toronto Star to capture nature in urban areas and remind readers they belong to a broader environment.