Charlie Brown honoured for over 15 years of volunteer contributions to Riverwood
MISSISSAUGA, February 3, 2021 – The Government of Ontario has recognized Charlie Brown, a longtime volunteer in Mississauga, as a recipient of a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. The award recognizes individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions as volunteers in their communities.
Brown’s work with Riverwood dates back to 1985, when he and other horticulturalists founded the Mississauga Garden Council to design and establish a garden park at the 150-acre urban nature preserve. He would go on to serve as a volunteer Board Member and President of the Board of Directors for The Riverwood Conservancy, which now provides direction for Riverwood and offers environmental education programs for the community.
“I’m truly honoured to receive this award, and I feel fortunate to have worked alongside so many other people over the years who feel passionate about nature, gardens, and the benefits they bring to the community,” said Brown.
“Charlie has been instrumental in virtually all areas of The Riverwood Conservancy,” said Douglas Markoff, Executive Director for The Riverwood Conservancy. “He created consensus while working with a broad range of stakeholders and ensured the work of the organization moved forward in a way that was meaningful to the community.
“His gardening expertise is exemplary, and he’s always willing to share his knowledge with people of all ages and abilities. His enthusiasm has enriched Riverwood, and all of us at The Riverwood Conservancy are grateful for his years of dedication to the community and the environment.”
All 16 recipients of the June Callwood Award were honoured in a virtual award ceremony hosted by the Government of Ontario on January 28.
About The Riverwood Conservancy
The Riverwood Conservancy is the charity that provides programs and direction for Riverwood – the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. Working together with like-minded groups and individuals, our mission is to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations – all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.