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.

As Honorary Patron of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, the Honourable Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, will present 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 alongside New Brunswick’s other great conservationists on a plaque that hangs in Government House for years to come.

The Donald G. Dennison Nature Trust of New Brunswick Legacy Fund was created by his family in honour in 2015 from memorial donations to the Nature Trust following Don’s death.

Don served as President of the Nature Trust and was then named President Emeritus. Don was a leading force behind the development of many major projects, an advocate for innovation, conservation and land acquisition in New Brunswick. One of Don’s major contributions was the creation of the annual Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation in New Brunswick to recognize individuals or groups making a significant difference. The Legacy Fund will allow the Nature Trust to continue the organization’s quest for sustainable development and conservation in New Brunswick.

It is an honour for the Dennison family to recognize Don’s contributions to the Nature Trust for the benefit of all New Brunswickers.

Award recipients can be nominated for this award by members of the public. 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 any 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.

Nomination and Selection Process

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 must be typewritten in either French or English, containing the following components:

  • A nomination letter: a cover letter including the name, address, telephone number and organization of both the nominee and nominator(s);

  • A list of 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;

  • References.

The Selection Committee shall have five members, as chosen by:

  • A First Nations community member, 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.

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. The names of the nominees and the ranking of the nominees by the Selection Committee shall be treated confidentially. 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.

2019 lieutenant-governor award nomination forms
are now available:

Nominations are to be submitted by email to, by mail to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick (PO Box 603, Station A, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A6), or dropped off in an envelope to the Nature Trust office (649 Queen Street, 2nd  Floor, Fredericton) by October 1, 2019.

If you have any questions about our nomination process, contact our Selection Committee below.