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Looking back at 2020 and the annual Conservation Awards ceremony

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration that honours and recognizes the incredible commitment and selfless acts of volunteers across the nation. While the past year posed several challenges, volunteers remained committed to their mission, and those who engaged with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) certainly had a positive impact on the environment.  

“I am privileged to work alongside hundreds of volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to improve and restore the Niagara Peninsula watershed,” says Kerry Royer, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at the NPCA. “This year’s theme, ‘The Value of One, The Power of Many’, reflects all of the individual acts of kindness by our volunteers, and what we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has made volunteering difficult in many ways, and while the number of opportunities became limited, volunteers continued to provide their valuable time, energy and knowledge through cultural heritage programs, community stewardship, educational programs, and citizen science initiatives. In 2020, the NPCA worked with 243 active volunteers, who logged a total of 3,704 hours, and planted more than 2,000 trees and 3,200 native wildflowers.

“Volunteerism is an important part of what makes communities thrive. Recognizing the great efforts of volunteers has always been very important to us and we pride ourselves in the unique and meaningful celebration that is our annual Conservation Awards ceremony,” adds Chandra Sharma, CAO/Secretary-Treasurer at the NPCA. “Staff, Board of Directors, community partners, and volunteers alike, all look forward to coming together to celebrate the many successes that have been accomplished with the support of dedicated volunteers. While we were unable to host this event in 2021, we look forward to being able to get together again and celebrating in the way our volunteers truly deserve.”

The annual Conservation Awards were established in 1991 and feature inspiring guest speakers, local entertainment, delicious food and beverage, and the presentation of awards to individuals and groups who have volunteered directly on NPCA projects. However, the ceremony also celebrates members of the community, groups, organizations, and businesses, whose dedication to conservation is evident in all that they do. The Award(s) of Merit commemorates the work of those who dedicate their actions to the conservation of natural resources for generations to come.

“It will be an honour to host this wonderful celebration once again in the future to recognize the winners and nominees from 2020 and 2021,” adds Chandra.

Volunteering with the NPCA offers numerous opportunities for environmentalists of all ages and expertise to learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy the great outdoors, while supporting local conservation projects.

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About NPCA:

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 60 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management. 

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture, and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.

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