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Brenda LaCroix describes her early awareness of the mystery and wonder of the outdoors starting when she was a cottage kid back east. She remembers being curious, always asking questions, fishing with her Dad, learning about plants and gardening.
Brenda’s compelling interest in nature and the land propelled her into an early career with the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans before she decided to make a sea-change and to move to the Christina Lake area.
Once settled, she worked for the Ministry of Forests and completed her Forest Technology Diploma program at Selkirk College before she came to the Christina Lake Stewardship Society as our Stewardship Coordinator.
Brenda’s leadership and initiative have created pilot projects for Christina Lake that have been considered leading edge examples of community-based environmental management.
Her proven skill writing grant applications has enabled the society to grow and take on new and innovative projects such as foreshore restoration and the creation of a native plant nursery. The development of the Community Stewardship Resource Centre, a stream restoration project, a ‘Youth Stewards of the Boundary’ educational program and the Christina Lake Management Plan are just a few of her accomplishments.
As Stewardship Coordinator, Brenda’s education, her technical background, her talent as an organizer of events and projects, and her natural love of working with the public, educating youth and motivating volunteers should easily define her as a Stewardship Champion.
However, it’s her willingness to don waders to stand in cold water and count fish, to plant willow cuttings in the rain and her willingness to drop everything to show visitors the plant nursery that truly reveal the woman who is our Champion.
Nominated by: Gary Shaw
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Stewardship is about taking responsibility to promote, monitor, conserve and restore ecosystems for current and future generations of all species.
There are three types of environmental stewards:
1. Doers help out by taking action on the ground.
2. Donors help by donating money, land or other resources.
3. Practitioners work to steer agencies, scientists, stakeholder groups or other groups toward a stewardship outcome.