Thumbs up for new Simcoe-Grey Green award

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SIMCOE-GREY – The Simcoe-Grey Green Party riding association is launching a new community and sustainability award.

The new Green Thumb Award will recognize the efforts of individuals, businesses and groups in the areas of sustainability, conservation and community development.

“Building and sustaining strong local communities is a core value for Greens,” said Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner, “and we see this new award as a way to recognize and celebrate initiatives being carried out in the riding by individuals of all political stripes.”

Right now, organizers are accepting nominations for awards in the areas of community volunteerism, environmental action and conservation, youth achievement, green business, community heritage and municipal excellence.

“The riding of Simcoe-Grey is a vast area and every day community groups, young people, business and municipal leaders work on initiatives that enrich our communities and protect the environment we all share. The Green Thumb Award is our modest way to recognize all those folks quietly working away to make Simcoe-Grey a better place,” said Schreiner, who was the Simcoe-Grey candidate for the Green Party in the last provincial election.

The awards cover achievements from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012. The deadline for nominations is midnight Sept. 1.

Nominating someone is easy. Write a brief summary (250 words or less) that includes the person, business or organization’s name, address, phone number and contact person; the award category; why the entry should be considered; and indicate whether or not the nominee is aware of the nomination.

Submissions can be sent by email to or Standard mail submissions can be sent to Bill Hewitt, P.O. Box 53, RR 3, Creemore, Ontario, L0M 1G0.

Schreiner will present the awards at the Green Party of Simcoe-Grey annual barbecue on Sept. 9.