General · 12th January 2010
submitted by susan westren
The Sierra Club BC 2009 annual dinner was the occasion of great cheer and merriment as we feted the folks who hold up three corners of the house - our amazing, creative and committed local groups and volunteers!
The Rosemary Fox Conservation Achievement Award went to Judy Leicester of Sierra Quadra. The recipient of the award is chosen by public nomination and given to a person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in conserving BC's environment. Fellow Local Group member, Ray Grigg, kindly gave us some help in compiling a list of just some of Judy’s conservation achievements:
Judy was a founding member of the Village Lakes Park Committee, a group that achieved the protection of about 4000 hectares of Class A provincial parks on Quadra Island and Read Island (Main Lakes Chain, Small Inlet & Waiatt Bay, Surge Narrows and Read Island).
In the 1980s, she was also a member of the Quadra Island Forest Resources Committee, a group made up of loggers, environmentalists and the Ministry of Forests hoping to reach consensus on an ecologically responsible way to use Quadra's forests.
Judy is a long-time member of the Quadra Island Trails Committee, working tirelessly on identifying, planning, building and maintaining about 100 km of trails for recreational use.
Of course, Judy was a founding member of Sierra Quadra and is currently the Conservation Chair. Her efforts have been heroic, diligent, persistent, creative and crucial to the existence and success of the Sierra Club's presence on Quadra. Judy has been instrumental in organizing many local events, including the annual Quadra Island Beach Clean-up.
As Ray puts it, “Judy is more involved, more informed, more politically savvy, more historically aware, and more known and recognized as an environmental authority than anyone I know on Quadra. In summary, she has been an extraordinary presence here, a fundamentally crucial member of Quadra's environmental community.”
Sierra Club BC is proud to honour Judy with The Rosemary Fox Conservation Achievement award.
Comment by Quadra Cultural Committee on 25th January 2010
Congratulations Judy on your award! You deserve it, as well as every one of Ray's compliments. Thank you for your outstanding efforts to keep Quadra whole and healthy, informed and educated. Louella Baker