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We recently celebrated our 2016 Site Coordinator Achievement Award winners for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. As you can imagine, it was an extremely hard selection process seeing as we think all our cleanup volunteers are the best. In fact, it was such a difficult decision that we just had to include some equally amazing honourable mentions.

 

Daniela Palma, Vaughan ON

Pictured in front centre: Daniela Palma, Vaughan ON.

Daniela worked tirelessly through the summer months to organize her first Shoreline Cleanup at Golden Forest Pond. By recruiting volunteers through various avenues ranging from door to door flyers, social media and even a local lemonade stand, her cleanup proved to be a great success. She even secured food and supply donations from local organizations and appeared in two news articles to speak about the inspiration behind her choice to clean shorelines.

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Pictured on left: Curtis Goodman, Lethbridge AB

Curtis has coordinated many shoreline cleanups on behalf of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre over the past few years, including 6 events along the Oldman River just this past year. His goal is not only to remove as much garbage as possible, also to host fun events that raise awareness of the harmful impacts of litter in our ecosystems. It’s safe to say that he has reached this goal, well done Curtis.

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Rose Mitchell Spohn, Scarborough ON

Rose covers it all — from regular 7 minute “blitz” cleanups, to her year-long cleanup initiative along Lake Ontario shoreline in Guildwood Village. She excelled at engaging local elementary school students to spread awareness through the community and encouraged students to create posters, now displayed on park noticeboards. With volunteers like Rose, the shorelines are in good hands.

When you volunteer for a Shoreline Cleanup, everyone wins, so thank you to everyone and see you again this year.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited and supported by Ricoh Canada, YVR and OLG, is a joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada. Find out more at www.shorelinecleanup.ca 

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