Recognizing local environmental champions

Do you have an “earthie” in your life? Someone who has had made it their mission to do what they can to take care of our shared planet?

Perhaps this person started a sustainability policy at work, demonstrated tireless commitment to an environmental issue, or inspired others to take action.

You can show your appreciation by nominating them for an Anne Lindsey Protecting Our Earth Award. Nominations can be made in the categories of outstanding Youth, Group or Individual.

Winners are chosen based on the following guidelines:

  • Significance of contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Significance of contribution to economic sustainability
  • Significance of contribution to social sustainability
  • Magnitude of influence of the contribution
  • Innovation/originality
  • Time commitment/investment to achieve contribution
  • Whether it is a Manitoba-based endeavor

Nominations can be made online at the Manitoba Eco-Network website. The closing date for nominations is December 20.

The 2014 awards will take place Saturday, February 1st during an event called Reel Green: Inspiring People, Celebrating Nature. This event is meant to inspire and rejuvenate environmentalists and includes a film screening and reception, along with the awards ceremony.

First established in 1990, the Anne Lindsey Protecting Our Earth Awards are presented by Manitoba Eco-Network annually in recognition of achievements in protecting and stewarding Manitoba’s environment.

In 2011, Anne Lindsey retired from Manitoba Eco-Network after serving for 23 years as executive director.  In recognition of her extensive service, the Manitoba Eco-Network’s Protecting Our Earth Awards were renamed in her honour.

For over 20 years, Manitoba Eco-Network has provided recognition to groups and individuals for their contributions in promoting sustainability and protecting ecosystems with the annual awards.

Lindsey, an award winner herself, provided inspiration and mentoring for many of the groups and individuals who have won the award over the years.

She has been active on nearly every environmental issue that concerns Manitoba, helping to spearhead the 1980s campaign that kept nuclear waste out of our province, leading initiatives on children’s health, and raising awareness about toxicity in our environment.

Dennis Cunningham, Environmental Sustainability Manager at Assiniboine Credit Union, accepts an Anne Lindsey Protecting Our Earth Award at the 2012 Reel Green Festival.


Youth Network Coordinator with the Manitoba Eco-Network, passionate about getting outside, gardener, believer in handmade.