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Great Conservationists get Order of Canada


What a pleasant surprise to learn that two of Canada's great conservationists are being recognized as the newest recipients of the Order of Canada!

Juri Peepre, is a former Executive Director of the Yukon chapter of CPAWS - and a dedicated conservationist his whole life. He served as President of CPAWS between 1996 and 2000. He also currently serves on our J. B. Harkin Conservation Award Committee. Juri is a force to be reckoned with. He has worked with the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative, Wildsight and with the Yukon Conservation Society. We are incredibly proud of Juri's accomplishments, and know how deserving he is of this recognition.

Philip Gosling was the brains and passion behind the creation of the Bruce Trail. He took it from idea to what is now an 800km nature trail. Much of his early work helped to make the case for recognition of the Niagara Escarpment as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. He served on the board of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists and founded the Gosling Foundation which funds many conservation projects across Canada - including CPAWS' work on protecting our national parks. 

These awards are so fitting to these conservationists. Canada's wilderness is so closely tied to our identity, it's no wonder that these two are being recognized for helping to preserve more of our iconic natural places. Their work makes me proud to be Canadian - which is the whole point of the Order of Canada.  

Congratulations Juri and Philip!  Well-deserved indeed.