Toronto event celebrates women’s leadership in nature conservation
November 20, 2014 (OTTAWA) – Nature Canada’s Board and staff were pleased to celebrate 75 amazing women as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations last week in Toronto. Over 90 people gathered together at the Miller Thomson law firm to meet the founding members of Women for Nature and applaud them for their positive efforts to rally around Nature Canada’s efforts to connect more Canadians to nature.
Huge Dyer, representing Miller Thomson welcomed guests in attendance. He noted that Miller Thomson was delighted to partner and host this evening to acknowledge Nature Canada’s 75 years and the 75 accomplished women who have pledged to make a difference, and work together to leave a legacy of respect for Canada’s great natural heritage. Cliff Wallis, vice chair of the Board of Directors named all the founding members in attendance to a chorus of applauds and then introduced Eleanor Fast, our new Executive Director who spoke about the exciting plans for the initiative.
The voices and efforts of the founding members were showcased throughout the reception including our keynote speaker for the evening, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Her Honour was also awarded with the Douglas H. Pimlott Award for her lifelong dedication to conservation in Canada and across the globe.
A special video greeting was received from Mrs. Laureen Harper congratulating her fellow founding members for their efforts on behalf of nature. With many founding members finding opportunities to meet other female leaders and re-connect with friends, the evening revolved around spirited conversation and inspiring stories. Our founding members announced the new ambitious goal to be 150 women strong by Canada’s 150th anniversary. We look forward to inviting other professional women with a deep personal connection to nature to become involved with our exciting Women for Nature initiative.
Many thanks to our corporate sponsors for their generous support of the event: