The NPCA awards were held at the West Niagara Agricultural Center Fairgrounds in Grassie this year. The awards event was well attended by many volunteers and groups from the Niagara region. This was my first time attending the awards and I was amazed by the many wonderful individuals and groups that are working together for conservation efforts in the region. There were five of the Friends of Malcolmson who attended the event.

The night started with a canape buffet and cocktails along with live music. It was nice to have time to mingle and get to know others attending. Then the presentations started. Being new to the area and just starting to learn the history it was interesting to hear about the birds, the waterways, the Comfort maple, and everything that is going on to aid and allow nature and natural habitats to thrive in the region.

After the presentations the awards portion started. The stories about the recipients and what they accomplished was admirable. The Friends of Malcolmson Eco-Park was nominated by Josh Diamond for the award of Merit this year. In his presentation he talked about the history of Malcolmson and what the Friends are working on in the park. Josh reflected about his first experiences at the park and riding his BMX there. The park these days is more of a nature retreat for individuals and animals. Malcolmson Eco-Park was recognized by the NPCA with the Award of Merit for 2019 for their long time dedication to the stewardship and restoration of Malcolmson Eco Park.

written by new member Stephanie