Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Conservationist of the Year

Awards Evening 2018

You and a guest are invited to the March awards evening celebration or contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ironwood Golf Club • 70969 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter

Each March, Ausable Bayfield Conservation honours a community individual or group as the Conservationist of the Year at the Annual Awards Evening. 

Long-serving directors and staff are also honoured.

Download a poster for the 2018 awards - at this link:

• 5 p.m. – Social Time

• 5:30 p.m. – Light Supper

• 6 p.m. –  Conservation Awards

• Conservationist of the Year Award

• Ausable Bayfield Conservation Board and Staff Service Awards

  • 6:30 p.m. - Release of Updated Watershed Report Cards (2018)

• 6:40 p.m. –  Feature Presentation

Please RSVP to Sharon Pavkeje for meal numbers by March 15, 2018. 

Phone:  519-235-2610 • 1-888-286-2610 • Facsimile: 519-235-1963 • E-mail: spavkeje(at) or visit our staff contacts page.

If you have special dietary needs, please let us know in advance. Thank you.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has presented the Conservationist of the Year Award since 1984. Past winners include rural landowners and residents, farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups, and municipalities. Each winner is a business, farm, organization, or person residing in the watershed or having done conservation work there. The Conservationist of the Year receives a framed limited-edition conservation print as a prize and the conservation authority also makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

Conservationist of the Year

Conservationist of the Year Award Criteria

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation annually presents:

  • The Conservationist of the Year Award

Nominate a person or group for the Conservationist of the Year Award.

For rules and nomination form download the form now.

We thank you for the nominations you have made in 2018.

To nominate a Conservationist of the Year please download the nomination form at this link:

What is the Conservationist of the Year Award?


The following information is subject to change. Please see the most current PDF file for full information. Individuals, organizations or companies who either reside in, or have completed conservation work within, the area of jurisdiction of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), are eligible to win the Conservationist of the Year award. Current ABCA staff members and directors are excluded.


The Conservationist of the Year receives a beautiful framed limited-edition conservation print.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation will also make a donation towards a tree and  plaque at a Commemorative Woods sites maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.


The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority has recognized outstanding achievements in conservation, since 1984, with the annual presentation of an award to the Conservationist of the Year.
The Conservation Award acknowledges one individual or group per year who demonstrates positive conservation principles. The nominee must have undertaken conservation efforts over a number of years that have shown long-term benefits for the natural environment and society.
Examples of conservation work that protects soil, water, and living things, include:
-   Improving local water quality
-   Conservation farming
-   Reforestation
-   Environmental education
-   Providing wildlife and fish habitat
-   Promoting environmental awareness and action

Please see nomination form on the back of the PDF file, available for download by clicking 'Downloads,' then 'Awards.'

Conservationist of the Year award winners in the past include:

Mels and Ruthanne van der Laan, of Cold Stream Ranch
Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group
Cordner Farms - Jane Sadler Richards and Doug Richards
Bob Norris
Peter Darbishire
Joan and John Love
Ann and Bill Phelan
Exeter Lions Club
Patricia Down* and Robert Down
Lorne Teeple *
Grand Bend Community Foundation
Stewardson Dairy
Boys' and Girls' Club, London (Middlesex ECO Crew)
Shadyside Farms, Paul and Vic Hodgins
Ray Letheren, Friends of the Bayfield River
Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Lambton Shores
Andy deBoer
Stephanie Donaldson
Everet and Joan Van Sligtenhorst
John MacPherson
Straw Family
George Cantrick*
David McClure
Brian Arnold
Fred Dobbs
Lions Club of Arkona
Village of Arkona
Township of Hibbert
Stephen Bright
Dinney Funeral Home
Huron Fish and Game Club
Garry Palmateer
Lions Club of Clinton
Bluewater Recycling Association
Andrew Dixon
Ralph and Eleanor Smith
Elmer Trick
Armstrong East Cottage Association
Lambton Wildlife Inc.
David Ball
Adelaide Township
Arnold Westlaken
Tuckersmith Township
Van Loon Farms
Village of Hensall
Bob Montgomery
Jim Reeve
DEL Farms
Bud Walker
Bert and Margaret Daynard
Ausable Anglers Club
Carfrey Cann
Keith Connelly
John Deeves
Nancy Glendinning
Hayter Turkey Farms
Peter Rombouts
Bill Thirlwall
Ausable Nomads
Dearing Farms
Huron Soil and Water Conservation District
Murray and Ron McRae
Huron Board of Education
Thomas Doherty
Huron Centennial School
Jerry Giesen
Claybird Gun Club
Wayne Woods
Bayfield Anglers Association
Jay  Campbell

* Asterisk denotes that the award was given posthumously.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation presents:

Conservationist of the Year Award

Nomination Form

I wish to nominate the following nominee:

Name of nominee:

Contact name (if nominee is organization or business) :

Their address:

Postal Code:


E-mail (optional):

This nomination is being submitted by:

Your name:



Postal Code:

E-mail (optional):

Tell us why this person or organization is deserving in 250 words or less:

The award will be presented at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Annual Evening to be held in March.

Please send nomination forms by deadline attention to: Tim Cumming, Communications Specialist,
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), 71108 Morrison Line,
RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5 at communications(at)  
Phone: 519-235-2610 Toll-free: 1-888-286-2610  Facsimile: 519.235.1963

Criteria subject to change. Decision of judging panel is final.



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