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Community Stewardship Awards

2019 Recipients Announced

Trust Council recognizes four individuals and two organizations

The Islands Trust Council announced the recipients of the 16th Islands Trust Community Stewardship Awards at its June 19th meeting on Galiano Island.

From among 11 nominees, Trust Council recognized three individuals and two organizations for their outstanding efforts in support of the Islands Trust’s mandate to preserve and protect the unique environment and amenities of the Trust Area.

Activities that recipients were involved with include sharing of wisdom, oral history, and knowledge; reducing marine pollution; creating a living field guide; work toward establishing a new nature reserve; and, 44 years of recycling services.

In addition, Trust Council, at the recommendation of the advisory committee that oversees the awards process—the Trust Programs Committee—decided to provide posthumously a special lifetime achievement award to honour the work, passion, and commitment of Sara Steil of North Pender Island, who recently passed away.

The recipients are from six local trust areas:

Enduring Achievement

Individual Category

  • Mark Bottomley, Lasqueti Island: reducing marine pollution in the Salish Sea
  • Andrew Simon, Galiano Island: creating a “living field guide” 

Organization Category

Special 2019 Community Stewardship Award for Lifetime Achievement

  • Sara Steil, North Pender Island

In the lead up to the 2019 awards, Islanders nominated six individuals and five organizations. Nominations were in two categories, individual and organization, and this year feature nominees from Gabriola Island, Galiano Island, Lasqueti Island, Salt Spring Island, Saturna Island, and Thetis Island local trust areas, as well as Bowen Island.

Individual Nominations

Organizations Nominations

To learn more about past project and winners click here.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions and if you still have any questions, please contact:

Gillian Nicol
Program Coordinator, Trust Area Services
(250) 405-5195 or email

Thank you to everyone who nominated a community champion!

Page last updated: 08/07/20
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