A big thank you to all who celebrated our Evening of Recognition with us!

On Thursday, May 25, 2017 at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa, 85 guests registered to attend Niagara Sustainability Initiative’s (NSI) 6th Annual Evening of Recognition. The evening’s theme was “Guiding Communities: Committing to a Sustainable Future”. The event also coincided with the release of our Annual Report of the same name. The evening featured a traditional opening ceremony, guest speakers, and an award ceremony recognizing the efforts of Carbon Project members, volunteers and Board Members. NSI also announced a merger with Greening Niagara and new membership options.

Volunteer Award Winners

Intern All-Star: Madi Fuller, Intern (BUSU)

The Intern All-Star award is presented to an intern who excelled in their internship/co-op placement with NSI. Awarded to Madi Fuller for her work with Brock University Students’ Union. Working with NSI and BUSU, Madi developed an environmental awareness campaign for Brock University students. She wasn’t afraid to make the project her own, and she went above and beyond course requirements.

Team Player: Franklyn Searle, Event Operations Assistant  

The Team Player award is presented to a volunteer who demonstrates exceptional teamwork and support when working on assigned tasks. Awarded to Franklyn Searle for her outstanding contributions to NSI and positive impact on the organization as a whole. Frankyln joined the NSI volunteer team this past September, working as the Event Operations Assistant. Since then, she has been a great help to the NSI team. She is well-organized and willing to lend a hand wherever needed.

Rookie of the Year: John Pruyn, Accounting Assistant

The Rookie of the Year award is presented to a volunteer in their first year who has shown great dedication and support to NSI as an organization. Awarded to John Pruyn for his organization and initiative in supporting the management of NSI finances. Over the past few months, John has been one of our most dedicated volunteers, spending countless hours in the office to ensure all records are up to date.

Most Valuable Player: Stephanie Oliver, Graphic Design Assistant

The Most Valuable Player Volunteer Award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and drive and is considered a key player in the organization over the last year. Awarded to Stephanie Oliver for her exceptional support in designing and developing NSI’s 2016 Annual Report Guiding Communities: Committing to a Sustainable Future. With Stephanie’s work ethic and eye for design, our 2016 Annual Report is the best one yet.

Award Winners: Carbon Project

Most Engaged Member, Niagara College

Presented to the member that most actively participated in NSI opportunities. Niagara College was, once again, the most active participant in NSI events and engagement opportunities throughout 2016.

Sustainability Champion: Mark Green, City of St. Catharines

Presented to an individual that has demonstrated leadership and drive for progressing sustainability in the workplace. Mark Green, Manager of Environmental Services for the City of St. Catharines, is recognized for his work in championing the City’s efforts under the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy program.

Greatest Greenhouse Gas Reduction (percentage), Alectra Utilities

Presented to the member with the highest reduction in the Carbon Project proportional to size. A 13.5% reduction in emissions was made by Alectra Utilities from 2015 to 2016.

Greatest Greenhouse Gas Reduction (total tonnes), General Motors of Canada

Presented to the member with the greatest absolute reduction in tonnes of the Carbon Project members. A total of 1281.29 tonnes of CO2e was reduced from 2015 to 2016 by General Motors of Canada.

You can see all the photos from the event here. Congratulations to all the award winners!

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