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GRCA Awards, scholarships and grants

Cambridge - The Grand River Special Recognition event took place Oct. 15 to present the 2015 Grand River Watershed Awards, scholarships and Community Conservation Grants. The evening was jointly organized by the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Grand River Conservation Foundation.

List of award, grant and scholarship recipients

2015 Grand River Honour Roll Award

· Brad Whitcombe (Puslinch): Brad died suddenly of a rare disease in November, 2014, leaving a long record of service. The former Mayor of Puslinch and Wellington County Warden undertook many long-term environmental initiatives that continue to grow. He found solutions to water issues, and co-founded Wellington Green Legacy and the Friends of Mill Creek.

2015 Grand River Watershed Awards

· Bill Christmas (Caledonia): As founding president of the Ted Knox Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada in 2005, Bill has led this group for 10 years. It is restoring Mill Creek and its small tributaries in the southern Grand River area. This is becoming a brook trout nursery for Lake Erie.

· The Grand Adventure (Ayr): Derek Lippert & J.P. Battle from Quiet Nature have paddled the entire Grand River each spring for the past four years. So far they have raised about $15,000 to plant trees and they also are raising awareness about water issues.

· Barry Lee (Halton Region): Barry served on the GRCA board representing Halton Region for 25 years. An avid tree planter who restores old homes, he also helped to bring in the current structure of the GRCA board and was chair of the Blue Springs Creek corridor study.

· Bob Scott (Brantford): Bob has had a hand in many environmental initiatives in Brantford over many years. He was the trails coordinator, sat on the Fisheries Management Plan, helps with the Forest in the City each year and monitors bald eagles and frogs.

· Waterloo Region Nature: Formed 81 years ago, this organization does environmental education and monitoring, protects wildlife and supports wise policies that increase biodiversity. WRN purchased and set aside natural areas, including some GRCA properties.

· Dr. Hugh Whiteley (Guelph): Hugh is retired from the University of Guelph engineering department where he taught hydrology. He developed the program used by the GRCA and other conservation authorities to forecast flooding. He continues to influence policy and river planning decisions.

Naming of G.M. Mac Coutts Tract

· Until he retired in 1992, Mac served as the general manager of the GRCA. A property near the headwaters of the Grand River is being named the GM Mac Coutts Tract. Mac led the GRCA from the time that it formed in 1966. This was when two founding organizations— the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Grand Valley Conservation Authority joined together. Many partnerships and current GRCA programs got underway thanks to Mac.

Retiring board members

· Barry Lee represented Halton Region

· Jeanette Jamieson represented the City of Hamilton

· Bob Hillier represented the City of Brantford


These scholarships are given by the Grand River Conservation Foundation to support students attending post-secondary institutions in the watershed.

· SC Johnson Environmental Scholarship: $4,000 to Callee Marie Rice, University of Waterloo

· Allan Holmes Scholarship: $3,000 to Laura Sauder, University of Waterloo

· McEwen Clean Water Prize: $3,000 to Joel Gretton, University of Guelph

Community Conservation Grants

Grants are provided to support environmental projects being undertaken by community groups and elementary schools.

The grants for $500 are going to these community groups:

· Arthur Trails Group, for information kiosks for the Arthur River Trail in Wellington North

· Pollination Guelph, for a pollinator habitat on the grounds of Hospice Wellington in Guelph

· rare Charitable Research Reserve, to establish honey bee hives to improve pollination and education at rare in Cambridge

· Trout Unlimited Middle Grand Chapter, to restore a reach of Hiller Creek in Plattsville

More information

· Event photos:

· Watershed Awards: This page will be updated after the event.

· Community Conservation Grants:

· Scholarships:

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