Environmental Award Winners
“There is a lot of great environmental work being done across Prince Edward Island and it is important we take the time to recognize and celebrate these efforts,” said Minister Mitchell. “Our department’s annual Environmental Awards allow us the opportunity to thank individuals, organizations and schools for making our province a better place to live. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and thank you to everyone who took the time to submit nominations to the Environmental Advisory Council.”
The Environmental Advisory Council’s 2016 awards were presented in Charlottetown by Minister Robert Mitchell and Lieutenant Governor Frank Lewis.
To be eligible for an award, nominees must have been instrumental in dealing with an environmental problem; demonstrating consistently responsible environmental management practice, or promoting public awareness, understanding and active concern for the enhancement and protection of the environment. The Environmental Advisory Council began honouring Islanders for environmental leadership in 1987.
Who were the award winners?
Ms. Lilly Hickox of Stratford (Individual)
Lilly is a Grade 11 student at Charlottetown Rural High School and is a key member of the school’s Envirothon Team, a founding member of the CRHS Green Club, a volunteer with the Sierra Club and a member of Model UN where she skilfully applies her environmental knowledge.
Farmers of Barclay Brook (Organization)
The organization category award was presented to the Farmers of Barclay Brook with special recognition to Bill MacKendrick for the collaborative project undertaken by farmers, industry and government for the betterment of the environment. The Barclay Brook is an important fish nursing area for the Trout River Watershed and this group worked together to ensure this vulnerable area is protected.
West Kent Elementary School (School)
West Kent staff and students are continuously placing focus on preserving and protecting the environment. Among the schools efforts are participation in the IWMC Plastic Grab Bag Challenge, collection of recyclables to raise funds to donate to the CBC turkey drive, several garden projects, the collection of recycled materials for art projects, tree planting and the adoption of a bald eagle.