OTTAWA, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is
proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Conservation Achievement
Awards. Winners have been selected by the Canadian Wildlife Federation
and will be awarded at the Annual General Meeting in St. Johns,
Newfoundland, on Saturday June 9, 2012.
The Conservation Achievement Awards honour organizations' and
individuals' commitments to wildlife in Canada. Nominees include
volunteers, professionals, youth, and conservationists from all walks
of life concerned with a host of environmental topics.
The Youth Conservation Award which recognizes the contribution of
individual youths or youth groups to wildlife or habitat conservation
projects was awarded to the Young Naturalists Club of British Columbia.
Founded in 2000 with the objective of encouraging young people to
develop a love for nature, the Young Naturalists' Club of BC has
included over 11,000 young people in conservation programs with
chapters all over the province.
The Youth Mentor Award is awarded to an individual or group for
significant contributions to creating or presenting conservation,
wildlife or habitat programs to youth and this year
Richard Wowchuk is the outstanding recipient. Teaching for 30 years,
Richard heads the Resource and Environment Program at Swan Valley
Regional Secondary School in Swan River, Manitoba. Students learn
skills in resource management, including ecology, field biology,
forestry techniques, botany, surveying, silviculture and wildlife
management. Richard instills lifelong commitments to conservation in
students, those who have already proven themselves to international
The Roderick Haig-Brown Award has been awarded to Jean Robitaille for
his contribution to conservation and wise use of recreational fisheries
in Canada. During the 1950's the population of striped bass in the St.
Lawrence began a rapid decline until an official declaration of
Extinction in 1996. However, Operation Renaissance was launched in
2001, with ecologist Jean Robitaille determining the cause for decline
which made the recovery operation entirely possible. Through his
diligent work on the committee and raising public awareness, Jean
helped recover an Extirpated population and as of 2011 provincial
reports showed a naturally reproducing striped bass species in the St.
The Stan Hodgkiss Outdoorsperson of the Year recognizes Diana Ackroyd of
Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia as the Canadian outdoorsperson of the year,
through her active commitment to conservation. This year Lawrencetown
became Canada's first CWF-certified Backyard Habitat Community after
Diana certified her own yard and knew she could do more. Working with
village officials, Diana was determined to qualify for community
certification status, and in January received that designation for her
The Past Presidents Award honours elected legislator Royal Galipeau for
his contributions to the conservation of wildlife in Canada. Tree
Canada celebrated the first-ever National Tree Day, however it was
Galipeau who put a private members motion through the House of Common
to ensure National Tree would be an annual event on the final Wednesday
in the month of September.
The Roland Michener Conservation Award recognizes Dr. Axel
Moehrenschlager's commitment to promote and enhance the conservation of
Canada's natural resources. As head of the Centre for Conservation
Research at the Calgary Zoo since 1999, Axel has led an impressive
number of recovery projects including the reintroduction in Western
Canada of black-footed ferrets - a program that is now globally
considered one of the best of its kind. Axel has made important
contributions to conservation science, developing tools and databases
for determining candidate species for reintroduction.
"CWF's Conservation Achievement Award recognizes the excellent work for
wildlife being carried out across our country," said Wade Luzny, CWF
Executive Vice-President. "We are thrilled with the depth and
magnitude of all the nominations we receive. These awards are one way
to pay tribute to what so many people have made their life work — to
ensure our natural heritage remains for future generations."
About Canadian Wildlife Federation:
CWF is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural
world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment,
sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural
resources, recommending legislative changes, and cooperating with
like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians may
live in harmony with nature. Visit www.canadianwildlifefederation.ca for more information.
SOURCE CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION
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For more information about any of the winners or about the awards please contact:
Canadian Wildlife Federation
(613) 599-9594 ext. 217