Have you stayed true to a wish and a dream for over twenty five years? There are those special people in our world that commit and dedicate themselves whole-heartedly, and one such person is Honourable Pauline Browes. She saw the importance of preserving and protecting the Rouge Valley as a national park back in the early 1990s. As then Minister of the Environment, she tabled the original legislation to protect this natural area in Scarborough (east part of Toronto).
Over the decades and even after she retired from politics, she worked steadfast on having this national park established through her tireless efforts as a Board member of the Rouge Park Alliance. She continued to engage decision-makers whether at the municipal, provincial or federal levels each and every year to advance work on establishing Rouge National Urban Park. With the tabling of the legislation to establish the Park this past June, her dream is one step closer to reality.
But Pauline has also been a champion and voice for all nature throughout her life; she has been a former member of the National Round Table for the Environment and Economy, on Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal, a board member on the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and was recently appointed to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Council of Environmental Co-operation for North America. Hon. Pauline Browes is a trailblazer who has made significant contributions to the protection of nature and the environment in Canada. As both a public servant and private citizen, Pauline has shown what one person can achieve for the cause of nature conservation. Nature Canada is truly honoured to have her involvement as a founding member of Women for Nature.