NEWMARKET – November 3, 2017 – At its 36th Annual Conservation Awards ceremony...

held on the evening of Thursday, November 2, 2017, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) paid tribute to 20 individuals, businesses and groups who are working selflessly to better our environment. There were three award winners from The Township of Uxbridge.

Eva Crothers (Uxbridge) wins the ERNIE CROSSLAND YOUNG CONSERVATIONIST AWARD:

After LSRCA’s Outreach Instructor, Dana Eldon, attended Uxbridge Public School to do a presentation, Eva realized just how important it is to protect our environment.  Wanting to do something that would make a difference, 10 year old Eva decided she would start up an Eco Club at the school.

With the support of her teachers, Eva promoted and coordinated the majority of work that went into creating the Club, which is now made up of 10 students from Grades one to four.

Some of the activities and initiatives that the club has taken on so far include, garbage pick-up in the school's nature garden, evaluating how each classroom can reduce the amount of garbage they produce, designing wall posters to make students aware of the club, designing posters placed at school printers and photocopiers to encourage less paper use, and producing eco- announcements to the entire school.

Eva demonstrates what it is to be an ambassador for the environment and is a true example of leadership.

Elie and Janie Riviere (Uxbridge) win a HEALTHY LANDS AWARD

Elie and Janie Riviere, residents in the Township of Uxbridge, contacted LSRCA in March 2016 expressing interest in increasing forest cover on their rural property.

In May of 2017 LSRCA planted 8,600 trees on 10.5 acres of their property. This was LSRCA's largest planting project in 2017. Landowners who commit to establishing large block plantings are a huge asset to LSRCA's planting program and to the overall health of our environment and communities.

St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School (Uxbridge) wins a HEALTHY WATER AWARD

After constructing an outdoor classroom, new running track and soccer fields, St Joseph Catholic School, with help from LSRCA and other corporate, private and individual supporters, constructed a bioswale to collect stormwater runoff and to filter ground water, which in turn helps protect the local watershed. A bridge was also added so that students can crossover the bioswale. The school also continues to work on plans to further naturalize the area with native vegetation.

This project was made possible funded by school Principal Phyllis Pereira , school parents, through fundraising efforts, Evergreen, three private consultants and contractors, LSRCA, and the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.

The Township of Uxbridge Watershed Committee wishes to congratulate this year’s award recipients.

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