The Islands Trust 2014 Community Stewardship Awards program is now open for nominations. This is your opportunity to nominate a special person, business or group that has made a big difference to life on your island.
"Anyone can nominate an individual, group, organization, school or classroom that has protected the environment or enhanced a community in the Islands Trust Area. There are so many incredible islanders who dedicate their energy, time and creativity to our communities and environment. This program is a way to acknowledge their work and initiative," said Sheila Malcolmson, chair of the Islands Trust Council. "Every year, our work is reinvigorated and inspired by these amazing islanders and the work they do."
This is the 13th year that community stewardship awards will be presented to a person, business or group that helps to steward the islands. Nominations are welcome for projects or actions that are innovative, support the Islands Trust mandate to preserve and protect the Islands Trust Area and its unique amenities and environment, benefit a community or the entire Trust Area, have some level of community involvement, and relate to the Islands Trust policy statement. The policy statement includes policies for ecosystem preservation and protection; stewardship of resources, such as freshwater, agricultural land, or coastal areas; and sustainable communities, including our cultural heritage and economic opportunities.
Nominations can be for a specific project or work carried out over a period of time. The project or work must be ongoing or have been completed within the previous 12 months. Stewardship awards will be given to at least two individuals and two organizations, providing there are sufficient qualifying entries to justify an award. Each nominator can submit two nominations per category. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 16.
Nomination forms and more details, including lists of past recipients, are available on the Stewardship Awards page of the Islands Trust website at http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca or from Islands Trust offices. Award recipients will be announced following the June Trust Council Meeting, and presented with their awards in the fall.
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