No Experience Necessary: Your Guide to Becoming A Canadian Conservation Hero

Before we get started, let’s be clear.

Being a conservation hero with the Canadian Wildlife Federation will not require you to:

  • Identify tree species by their Latin name on your next hike
  • Host a public forum on Canadian animals at-risk
  • Start an eco-fundraiser for your community

You may have seen past “Conservation Heroes” receiving awards from CWF for a variety of reasons.

BUT! While every action, individual and specific interest in wildlife is important to us, we are here to tell you that it can very easily be your name on the press release, awards trophy and banquet reception honouring today’s Conservation Heroes.

Whether you submit your name now, or plan to enter for next year, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Nominating has never been easier!

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Our newer, easier online nomination is just one click away. The submission deadline is January 31, 2019, so check it out now: Nominate Online

2. We’re looking for Canadians of all ages

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Conservation actions big and small contribute to the protection of our country’s natural heritage. So share with us those who deserve to be recognized!

3. Look in your own backyard

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Does your community have someone who attends all the town hall meetings in support of a greener community? Do you have a local teacher, student or neighbour who goes the extra mile to make a difference? That’s exactly who we want to hear about.

4. Ask Google

Browse the internet or national papers to see who deserves the spotlight. It’s okay if you don’t know the individual at all. Imagine if they win and you’ve brought their work to the forefront?

5. Find inspiration from those who’ve paved the way

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Take a look at the Conservation Heroes from 2018 who we are proudly featuring on our website. See what kind of actions blew away the committee last year.

And before you get started, we should be clear, if you WANT to learn tree species, or host forums or raise eco-funds/awareness for your community YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DO IT. But those aren’t the only ways to shine when it comes to wildlife and habitat. Have a question? Let us know.

Ready to start a nomination? We think you’re starting to look like a Conservation Hero already!

Time to honour Canadians making a difference for wildlife

Not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, there are nature heroes working to protect wildlife and wild spaces all across Canada.

Working to conserve wildlife is its own reward. The people who work or volunteer in conservation don’t do it for the recognition, and they don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Still, it’s important to pause and acknowledge our fellow Canadians who go above and beyond to make a difference.

Each year CWF takes time to honour these groups and individuals with the Canadian Conservation Achievement Awards. The actions of these artists, advocates, political and community leaders, educators and more contribute to the protection of our country’s natural heritage.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of these conservation heroes and how they’re making a difference for wildlife.

Sylvie Roussel-Janssens

Conservation heroes come from all walks of life – from science and technology to education and art. Sylvie Roussel-Janssens won the 2016 Robert Bateman Award for bringing wildlife and nature into her sculptural installations. Each one inspires us to think about our relationship with the natural world.

Neil Fletcher

Neil Fletcher is a wetland conservation warrior. He’s played an important role in fostering local stewardship of wetland ecosystems through outreach and education in B.C. For all his hard work and dedication, Neil received the Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year Award in 2016.

Lorne G. Mann

When Lorne G. Mann saw how an abandoned paintball field was hurting the environment, he took it upon himself to revitalize the area. After Lorne got rid of the trash left by paintballers, he planted more trees, cleared thistle patches by hand, and filled in trenches. Now, the space is a place that families, hikers, and all kinds of wildlife can enjoy. Lorne won the Roland Michener Conservation Award in 2016.

Bonnie Anderson

Bonnie Anderson has been with CWF’s WILD Education program since 1988. That’s 28 years! Her commitment to nature and education go far beyond her work with CWF, but Bonnie’s years of training educators earned her the inaugural WILD Educator of the Year Award in 2016.

D.C. Reid

If you want to know about fishing, D.C. Reid is the person you want to look up. D.C. is a tireless advocate for ending the practice of farming for salmon in open-ocean pens. It’s one of the many reasons he won the 2016 Roderick Haig-Brown Award.

Do you know someone who stands up for nature? Visit us online to nominate them for a Canadian Conservation Achievement Award. The deadline is coming up fast – January 31.

Nominate a nature hero today

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Each year countless Canadians demonstrate their commitment to wildlife conservation through active involvement. They may be volunteers, professionals, or people simply concerned about the quality of life in Canada. Their actions contribute toward the protection of our country’s natural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation invites you to honour these deserving Canadian conservationists by participating in the Canadian Conservation Achievement Awards Program. But hurry! All nominations must be received at the CWF office no later than midnight, March 31, 2013!