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Thursday March 27th, 2014

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The Essex Region Conservation Foundation honoured two recipients with a Conservation Foundation recognizeing them for outstanding philanthropic commitment.

“Since 2012, the Foundation initiated this award recognition program to recognize the overwhelming contributions we have received from our supporters. It is with our great appreciation that we honour those who have chosen to give back in order to create a more sustainable region,” said Richard Wyma, Foundation Executive Director.

The award for Outstanding Individual Contribution for an individual or family was named the Clifford Hatch Award, in memory of Clifford Hatch, who made the largest single contribution to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation in 1995, when he donated his farm and outbuildings.

The Clifford Hatch Conservation Foundation award was presented to Richard and Colleen Peddie. “The Peddies have been long time friends of the Foundation, and were the event sponsor at our first Super Santa Run in 2008,” said Wyma. “This past year they were instrumental in boosting the momentum of the Foundation’s Trail On! campaign when they generously pledged $10,000 as a matching gift challenge to encourage the community to support the fundraising campaign,” said Wyma. The Richard & Colleen Peddie Challenge matched each metre adopted through our community giving donors two metres for every metre sponsored.

The Conservation Award for Outstanding Corporate Contribution was awarded to Windsor Family Credit Union for their $10,000 donation in support of the Foundation’s Trail On! campaign to build the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway. This past year, WFCU made a corporate commitment to sponsor a kilometer of the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway giving a big boost to the Trail On! campaign.

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