Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation
*Nominations are now closed for 2013. Stay tuned for 2014!
In 2012, the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation was established to mark the 25th anniversary of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. Mary Majka, one of Canada’s great pioneering conservationists, was the recipient of the inaugural award. In 2013, the Meduxnekeag River Association was the recognized for acquiring and protecting a significant portion of the lands in the Meduxnekeag watershed, a valuable part of New Brunswick’s St. John River watershed.
As Honorary Patron of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick presents the award in recognition of an individual or organization’s significant contributions to the protection of natural heritage through land conservation in New Brunswick. The recipient of the award also receives an individual plaque and has their name engraved on a permanent one alongside New Brunswick’s other great conservationists that hangs in Government House for years to come.
Do you know an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in land conservation in our province?
Successful nominees will have a significant impact on land conservation in New Brunswick through leadership, direct action, and long-term involvement as well as other significant contributions. Eligible nominees may include those individuals or organizations involved in stewardship, volunteerism, donation of lands, or building effective partnerships, and must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- An individual or entity who has contributed in a sustained manner over a significant period of time.
- An individual or entity who has contributed significantly in a relatively short amount of time.
- A donor of funds or property.
- A volunteer, steward and/or member of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.
- A corporate or community partner of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.
- An individual who contributed significantly in the past and should be recognized posthumously.
The Selection Committee shall have five members, as chosen by:
- A First Nations person named by the Office of the Lieutenant-Governor
- The Atlantic Regional Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada
- New Brunswick Minister of Natural Resources
- Atlantic Regional Director of the Canadian Wildlife Service
- A chairperson named by the Board of Trustees of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.
Nominating and Selection Process
Nominations may be in French or English, typewritten, and submitted with the following components:
- Nomination letter – a cover letter including the name, address, telephone number and organization of both the nominee and nominator(s).
- Accomplishments – a narrative based on the selection criteria for the Award (not exceeding three pages) explaining the basis for the nomination that, in the opinion of the nominator(s), qualifies the nominee for the award, with such supporting evidence as may be appropriate for the Selection Committee to consider.
The Selection Committee will make the judgment solely on the basis of the information received and will not seek additional information about any of the nominees.
Please note that, in making its decision, the Selection Committee attaches considerable importance to the nature and the quality of the documentation submitted by the nominators.
Nominations received for the Award in any given year will be considered automatically for the next two years after receipt of a renewal of nomination letter by nominator(s).
In any given year, the Selection Committee may decide not to give an award.
The names of the nominees and the ranking of the nominees by the Selection Committee shall be treated confidentially.