Monthly Archives: December 2013

Braden Marshall wins Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award

One of our favourite people in the whole wide world: impressionable young fundraiser Braden Marshall has been honoured with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)’s Golden Horseshoe 2013 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award!

Many of you will be familiar with Braden’s accomplishments having been the driving force behind the Hot Chocolate Festival. In the first two years of the festival, Braden’s appeal to young families to get outdoors on Family Day and enjoy the Dundas Valley Conservation Area has attracted thousands of people.

To find out more about Braden’s outstanding acheivement, take a look at the YouTube Video below:

We’re tremendously excited to invite you to join Braden for the 3rd Annual celebration of family fun, active living, and the value of nature this coming February!

Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival
Dundas Valley Conservation Area, 650 Governor’s Road, Dundas, ON
Family Day, Monday, February 17th, 11am to 4pm.

Click here for more details!

Three-Year Natural Areas Inventory Project Complete

Partners Hamilton Conservation Authority, City of Hamilton and Hamilton Naturalists’ Club want to shout hurray and give special thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, McCallum-McBride Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation, Salamander Foundation, McLean Foundation and everyone whose grants, donations and expertise helped us track over 1,000 plant and animal species that call Hamilton’s natural lands home! Thank you to project leaders Tawnia and Nicholas! Best of luck in your future endeavours!

The Natural Areas Inventory team has put together a video about the project’s findings. Take a look!

Year-end brings generous gifts from Hamilton community. Thank you!

It’s been a fantastic year for the Foundation and the EcoPark Campaign! Here’s some of our year-end highlights:

  • An Ontario Trillium Foundation grant of $171,600 will enable HCA and partners to implement the top 10 priorities from the Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision.
  • A pledge of $100,000 from the John Deere Foundation of Canada toward the Desjardins Canal Parklands Visitor Shelter
  • We’re very pleased to announce a two year partnership with the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Dundas to raise $120,000 cash and in-kind services. This funding will construct the Chimney Swift Viewing Shelter and create the Rotary Forest at the Desjardins Canal Parklands.

chickadee on pinecone-Kortright

  • The Goemans family donated $50,000 in memory of the late Tony Goemans which will fund landscaping improvements to the Devil’s Punchbowl CA. Click here to read more.
  • A donation of $15,000 from Rothsay will fund Outdoor Environmental Education programs in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, which attract an average of 9,000 children each year. By getting children out into nature, Rothsay are continuing to build on their massive legacy of support for the program which spans over 9 years and $120,000.
  • Foundation support for Outdoor Environmental Education topped our annual goal of $55,000 once again with our final three donations coming in right at the wire from RPR Environmental ($7,500), Rothsay ($15,000) and the Dobson-McKee Endowment Fund ($11,387). Thank you everyone!

This list doesn’t even begin to reflect the sustaining generosity that continues to pour in in response to our year-end appeal. We’re on track to have an impact on Hamilton’s green spaces that will be more positive than ever before! If you’d like to add your gift to the growing crowd of supporters declaring their support for green space, please click here.

Happy Holidays from Joan

Dear Friends,

As we approach the holiday season, I look back on a successful year for the Foundation with many exciting prospects ahead as we move into 2014. For myself, the year-end holds even more significance as I prepare for retirement after over 40 years in Ontario’s environmental, energy and conservation movement; 26 of which have been spent in my hometown with the Hamilton Conservation Authority and the Conservation Foundation.

As testament to the importance of living and learning in the outdoors, I look to my childhood skating on Twenty Mile Creek; family camping trips and ocean retreats, and a summer with Junior Conservationists, for creating a passion and commitment to conservation.

red berries in snow

Thus began a lifelong career “selling” Ontario’s Conservation Authority movement; marketing outdoor recreation and trails, waterfalls and Westfield; raising funds to make it happen, and most importantly championing environmental education for all ages.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who support the important work of both the Conservation Authority and Foundation; and to my friends and colleagues and our partners, volunteers and donors I extend many, many thanks. It has been a wonderful career.

As a generous donor recently told me “You’re not moving out of Canada are you? No, then you’re not done yet! We will meet again.”

May the new year give you what makes you happy and keeps you healthy.


Joan Bell
Executive Director

What’s Alive project successful with Shell FuellingChange™

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) and the Hamilton Conservation Foundation (HCF) are pleased to announce the successful securement of a $25,000 grant from the Shell FuellingChange™ Program, for the What’s Alive in Hamilton project.

The funding for the program will be used to educate the Hamilton community and help protect the environment in Hamilton. The What’s Alive in Hamilton project is part of the Natural Areas Inventory (NAI), a complete inventory of natural areas in Hamilton, created so that current information on plant and wildlife species, vegetation communities, and site boundaries is available for agencies which are responsible for protecting and enhancing natural features.

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Shell awards $1 million to Canadian environmental projects, chosen by its customers. Through the Shell FuellingChange Program, customers are invited to make any purchases at Shell service stations, collect Shell purchase receipts with voting codes, and vote for their favourite environmental projects on To date, over 13 million votes have been cast by customers!

“The great thing about FuellingChange is that it empowers environmental and not-for-profit organizations’ efforts in realizing environmental initiatives, reach out to Canadians and get them involved in building a sustainable future,” said Shell Canada’s president and country chair, Lorraine Mitchelmore. “FuellingChange is part of the process of being proactive and discovering what environmental projects our customers care about.”

Environmental projects pre-selected to participate in the FuellingChange program are eligible to receive funding at three different grant levels: $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000. In addition, those organizations not successful in the voting process receive $10,000 for their project. A total of 31 projects will receive funding, totalling $1 million.

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