Wildlife biologist and educator Joanne Siderius was last year’s winner of the Suzy Hamilton Legacy Award for women environmentalists in the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted

Wildlife biologist and educator Joanne Siderius was last year’s winner of the Suzy Hamilton Legacy Award for women environmentalists in the West Kootenay. Photo: Submitted

Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund taking 2021 award nominations

Nominations are open until March 15

Submitted by the Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund

The Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund honours the work of one self-identified woman environmental activist in the West Kootenay each year through a cash award. The fund was established at the Osprey Community Foundation in 2016 after the death of well-loved and dedicated West Kootenay environmental activist and journalist Suzy Hamilton, founder of the West Kootenay EcoSociety.

Countless women are doing important work in the West Kootenay on a wide range of conservation and sustainability issues. Every year the awards committee is deeply impressed by the passion of the nominees and by the words of their nominators.

There is no official entry form. Entries should include the name and contact information of the nominee, as well as a short paragraph about the work they do for the environment. We welcome the re-submission of nominees from previous years. Nominations can be sent to the fund’s award committee at mclboyd@gmail.com. Nominations close on March 15.

Heather McSwan of the Glade Watershed Protection Committee was the first recipient of the newly established Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund award in 2018, and the 2019 winner was Laura Sacks of Citizens Climate Lobby.

In 2020 the award went to wildlife biologist and educator Joanne Siderius, and also posthumously honoured long-time Slocan Valley environmental and Indigenous rights activist Marilyn Burgoon.

As the cash value of the Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund endowment grows, the award amount increases. The award committee encourages donations so that Suzy’s legacy continues to grow. Please contact the Osprey Foundation to make a donation, so that we can continue to honour women environmental activists in a financially meaningful way.

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