Past Award Winner - Vicki Barron
Vicki Barron has been a strong advocate for the environment throughout her 40-year career and volunteer life. Vicki has been (and continues to be) a leader in the conservation movement in Ontario. She is considered to be a “doer” by her peers and is always searching for solutions to environmental problems. She was initially employed by the (Metropolitan) Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and at the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA), but it was really at Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) that she made her mark. Vicki worked here from 1980 until her retirement in 2001. During her tenure she rose quickly through the ranks and was named General Manager and Secretary Treasurer of CVC in 1986.
Vicki encouraged the development of the Credit River Water Management Strategy which was one of the first approaches providing an ecosystem approach to watershed management. She then actively promoted the development of the “Blueprint for Success” document which furthered the concept of looking at water management on a watershed basis. During a two year secondment to the Waterfront Generation Trust, Vicki was able to parlay this knowledge into assisting that organization to move significantly forward with the Lake Ontario Greenway Strategy. Her continuing role with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust has enabled that organization to triple the number of communities who are partnering on the Waterfront Trail.
Vicki has received a number of awards for her work including the Ontario Branch Service Award from the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA). She is also an Honourary Member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and she is currently the Director of Administration and Regeneration Initiatives at the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and a member of the Continuing Education faculty at Sheridan College.
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