This award is given to a non-landscape architectural individual, group, organization, or agency in the Province of Ontario to recognize and encourage a special or unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment. The contribution must emulate the fundamental principles of OALA and the OALA Mission Statement and go beyond the normal levels of community action in preserving, protecting or improving the environment.
1. The Beaver River Watershed Initiative
The Beaver River Watershed Initiative is a grassroots, volunteer driven committee formed by a local group of conscientious individuals who are dedicated to the restoration and rehabilitation of the Beaver River Watershed located in Grey County, Ontario. What began as a chance meeting in an iconic donut shop in Thornbury in early 2012 has rapidly developed into a legal entity called The Beaver River Watershed Initiative.
The Beaver River Watershed Initiative has unselfish dedication to enhance the watershed environment and the benefits that their efforts will deliver in the future conservation of the natural river. Both as a group and as individuals, they refused to be swayed by the enormity of the task ahead. By starting with small rehabilitation projects, and keeping their overall goal in mind, the core group evolved into a legal entity, operating within the auspices of Grey Sauble Conservation Authority. Incredibly, this occurred within a time frame of 10 months. The group has involved the community at large, government agencies, individual stakeholders, service clubs, member municipalities, landowners and sports clubs in their efforts. Through careful and thoughtful planning, the group has ensured a healthy future for the watershed and provided a road map for other groups to follow.
2. Citizens for Safe Cycling Ottawa
What better way to be engaged in our urban landscape and natural environment than from the seat of a bicycle? Whether it is a trip to school, to work or for leisure, few other vehicles enables one to experience a place with all you senses. Feeling comfortable, safe and free on your bike is a singular great pleasure. In Ottawa, there are no greater champions for this than Citizens for Safe Cycling and their president, Hans Moor.
Hans Moor has been a strong leader and champion of the cycling movement in Ottawa – inspiring new cyclists and building consensus amongst cycling advocacy groups. Since arriving from his native Netherlands in 1999, Hans has become a prominent advocate and proponent for cycling in Ottawa – now serving in his second term as president of the Citizens for Safe Cycling. His cycling expertise combined with his laid-back and engaging demeanour has made him a popular spokesperson in lectures, seminars and consultations – including the Canadian Automobile Association and Members of Parliament.
In addition, Hans has been a reliable and invaluable resource for input on many City of Ottawa policies and projects that involve cycling issues. Hans Moor has made a substantial impact on the community. He continues to support existing cyclists and engaging other residents of the Ottawa region to discover the benefits of recreation and commuting cycling.