General News · 22nd November 2017
Helen Friends of Cortes Island
Friends of Cortes Island is delighted to announce that the winners of the Jo Ann Green Environmental Award 2017 are Christine and Cec Robinson. Ryan Harvey received a Special Honorable Mention.
The award recognizes a Cortes Islander who has made significant contributions to the environmental well being of the community.
We would like to offer our congratulations to all for their wonderful and very valuable contributions over the years.
Here are the nominations:
Cec and Christine Robinson
On behalf of all the Cortes Island Streamkeepers I would like to nominate Christine and Cec Robinson as the recipients of this year’s award.
For many years Christine and Cec have shown extraordinary dedication and leadership towards keeping our Streamkeepers movement strong and active. They have worked tirelessly to lead, manage, educate and encourage the other streamkeepers and to oversee the health of our island streams.
This past year culminated in the crowning achievement of Christine and Cec’s stewardship of our streams, that being the restoration of Basil Creek. It stands as a monument to their hard work and endless efforts to make this project happen. They are very worthy of this award.
Ryan is nominated in recognition of the outstanding voluntary work he does in maintaining trails across the island, and supporting, and enabling young people to learn about and enjoy the natural environment.
Because he gets paid to maintain the parks on Cortes, it’s hard for others to know what are his “paid gigs” and what he volunteers to do.
Ryan puts countless volunteer hours into the Carrington trails and motivates others to build trails, maintain trails and use the trails. For three years he organized the Gorge-ous Bike Ride, with the purpose of getting people out there into the forestlands, to see and use them.
He volunteers to keep the Whaletown Commons mowed, groomed and looking good since it’s become a park, but also before it became a park for many years too. He also volunteered to do necessary maintenance and trail building in the little Whaletown Park managed by the WCC.
When he leads an activity, like the broom bash, his enthusiasm and work ethic is contagious and he has a unique ability to motivate people to work harder and do more.
As a teacher with Lake house he did ‘beach cleanups’ with the youth, leading them with enthusiasm and purpose and got them out into nature to appreciate and experience.
He’s often the adult to take the kids on the monthly forest walks into the Children’s Forest and always has a keen eye for creatures big and small they should notice, and is always a lead volunteer each year for the Bioblitz too.