At our June AGM, Green Communities Canada recognized the many champions who work and volunteer with us and our member organizations.
Green Community of the Year: GreenUP, Peterborough, ON. GreenUP was recognized for its “immersive and impactful programming,” and support for long-term environmental sustainability.
Lifetime Achievement: Mary Jane Patterson. Mary Jane is Executive Director, REEP Green Solutions, Kitchener, ON. She was recognized for her leadership in residential energy evaluations and low-income retrofits, resulting in annual reductions of over 30,000 tonnes of CO2 in the Waterloo region.
Innovation: REEP Green Solutions’ Coach Service. REEP’s coaches help homeowners reduce their environmental impact and adopt sustainable practices by providing one-on-one guidance and support to people interested in adopting more sustainable practices.
Outstanding Staff Person Award: Beth McKechnie. Beth is a sustainable transportation champion who assists workplaces improve their commuting options. She works with Green Action Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Youth Engagement: Alix Taylor. GCC’s Manager of Water Programs developed and implemented the Youth for Water Program. Alix trained and mentored Indigenous youth, helping them develop the skills to become environmental leaders in their communities.
Outstanding Board Person went to three recipients:
- Lee-Anne Bigwood, Ecosource, Mississauga, ON has been involved in a wide-range of activities, from strategic planning to stakeholder relations, event planning, and financial management.
- Tania Del Matto, REEP Green Solutions, Kitchener, ON was recognized for her commitment to the health and good management of the organization and the sustainability of her community.
- Helen Doyle, Windfall Ecology Centre, Aurora, ON has played a leading role in guiding the strategic direction of the organization.
Award winners receive a certificate and bragging rights. Congratulations all.