Press Release: Celebrating the river lovers who make our work incredible!

Ottawa Riverkeeper hosted a Donor & Volunteer Appreciation event on Wednesday to celebrate the many wonderful contributions its supporters make throughout the year. The event also recognized the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the $30,000 Collective Impact grant it gave to the group to support its Watershed Council initiative.

Ottawa – Ottawa Riverkeeper hosted a Donor & Volunteer Appreciation event on Wednesday to celebrate the many wonderful contributions its supporters make throughout the year. The event also recognized the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the $30,000 Collective Impact grant it gave to the group to support its Watershed Council initiative.

“Thank you to the Ottawa Riverkeeper for the valuable work you do in protecting our province’s precious natural resources. The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant allows for continued collaboration between community leaders and partners to effectively address the impacts of pollution and development throughout the watershed.” – John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South

In 2017, over 400 donors and 300 volunteers supported Ottawa Riverkeeper. These incredible

community-minded individuals give time, expertise, and significant funds to make programs like Riverwatchers, shoreline clean ups, and Pollution Hotline possible.

At the event, Mello Jello played great tunes, while local artist Crystal Beshara was on hand to discuss her piece “Afloat” – an item donated for the silent auction.

Volunteer awards were given to Virginia MacLatchy as Riverwatcher of the Year, and to Connor Sullivan, who received the Dan Brunton Volunteer of the Year award.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation was also recognized for its support of Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Watershed Council. Riverkeeper Meredith Brown talked about how this $30,000 grant helped bring together key players in our watershed to work towards a new integrated governance model for the Ottawa River.

“I am very pleased with the proposed governance model for an integrated and collaborative approach to sustainable water management within the Ottawa River Watershed.” – John Karau, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority 

For background information on the Watershed Council please visit https://www.ottawariverkeeper.ca/watershed-governance/

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca

Contacts

Emma Konrad, Ottawa Riverkeeper 613-321-1120 ext. 1001

ekonrad@ottawariverkeeper.ca

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *