Environmental heroes to be rewarded by Earth Day Canada

Toronto, ON – Earth Day Canada (EDC), in partnership with Cascades Inc., is searching for Canada’s 2009 Hometown Heroes Award winner. The Hometown Heroes Award program recognizes and encourages environmental leadership and achievement in local communities. Canada’s 2009 environmental hero will receive a cash-prize of $10 000 ($5 000 to keep and $5 000 to donate to the environmental cause of their choice).

Receiving the award has become a prestigious honour in the environmental sector. Last year’s winner, David Donnelly, legal counsel to some of Canada’s leading non-profit and charitable organizations, credited the award as his highlight of 2008.
“I am so thankful Earth Day Canada is able to recognize the heroics of community environmental leaders,” stated Donnelly. “Receiving the Hometown Heroes Award made my year and re-energized my personal commitment to the environment.”

Earth Day Canada has long recognized that the most important environmental work happens at the community level. Whether people are involved in the community garden movement, the protection of natural spaces or have started their own environmental network or organization, these heroics need to be recognized and supported.

“We are looking for environmental leaders who have shown commitment and achieved results in their community,” says Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada. “They are the unsung heroes of the environmental movement in Canada that work tirelessly for a cause that every household in Canada is concerned about. Equally important, they inspire others to action.”

The recipient of the 2009 Hometown Heroes Award will be recognized as part of the 6th Annual Earth Day Canada Gala in Toronto, on June 10th 2008. As part of the event, Maude Barlow, the first Senior Advisor on Water Issues to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, will be honoured with EDC’s ‘Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award’.

For more information, or to nominate yourself, an individual or group from your community, please visit www.earthday.ca 

The deadline for applications is Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

About Earth Day Canada
Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North  America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world’s largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada’s “Outstanding Non-profit Organization” by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada.

For more information visit: www.earthday.ca

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