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Call for Nominations: 2020 ALUS Innovation Awards - ALUS Canada

ALUS Canada is currently accepting nominations for the annual Dave Reid Award, recognizing innovation in the production of ecosystem services on Canadian farms and ranches. Deadline April 17, 2020.

Dave Reid Award
The Dave Reid Award (formerly known as the ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award) highlights achievements in conservation, project management, environmental awareness, networking and farm stewardship.
Do you know an outstanding ALUS participant/ PAC member who could be a strong candidate for this year’s prize? Please fill out the nomination forms and send them in by April 17, 2020. Complete nomination packages must be received by email or postmarked by this deadline in order to be considered. The nomination forms can be found here: https://alus.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/NominationForm-DaveReidAward2020-ALUS.pdf

The Dave Reid Award (formerly known as the ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award) was created in 2016 to recognize participating ALUS farmers/ranchers who are excellent stewards of the land and who have done innovative work in producing ecosystem services on their land through ALUS. The prize highlights achievements in conservation, project management, environmental awareness, networking and farm stewardship.

Nominees must be participating ALUS farmers/ranchers who have been innovative in producing ecosystem services on their land through the ALUS program. See full description of the criteria here: https://alus.ca/alus_news_and_events/the-innovation-awards/

The prize, worth $10,000, has previously been presented to Tom and Margaret Towers (ALUS Red Deer County) in 2019, Joe Csoff (ALUS Norfolk) in 2018 and Gerry Taillieu (ALUS Parkland) in 2016. The award is supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, ALUS Canada’s primary philanthropic partner.

The inaugural Award was presented in 2016 to Gerry Taillieu, manager of the 14,000-acre Tomahawk Cattle Ranch in ALUS Parkland, west of Edmonton, Alberta, for his outstanding commitment to land stewardship producing ecological services through the ALUS program.

The inaugural Awa2016 Gerry Taillieu (ALUS Parkland)
The inaugural ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award was presented in 2016 to Gerry Taillieu (ALUS Parkland), Alberta.

Taillieu has been an active ALUS participant and PAC member since the founding of ALUS Parkland in 2012. He implemented the program’s first-ever ALUS project and now devotes 226 acres to the production of cleaner water, cleaner air and more biodiversity. What’s more, Taillieu’s innovative ideas for environmental stewardship on the working landscape are a valuable resource for other participants in the ALUS Parkland program.

“I’m humbled and honoured to be recognized with this award,” said Taillieu, “but I can tell you that I’m not unique. I believe that the desire to look after your own land is almost universal. ALUS helps you take that concern and put it into action.”

The 2018 ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award was awarded to Joe Csoff, of ALUS Norfolk, Ontario. Csoff has been involved with the ALUS Norfolk program since its inception in 2008, first as a participant, then also as a PAC member, farmer liaison, teacher and mentor.

“I’m very appreciative to be chosen for this award. I’m glad to be thought of as making a difference,” said Csoff. “When it comes to the environment, everyone’s got to try to do their part. For my part, I’ve helped to get more people to do the right thing. I’m happy to be the key to get that motor started.”

2018 Joe Csoff (ALUS Norfolk)
The 2018 ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award was awarded to Joe Csoff (ALUS Norfolk), shown here with his family in Ontario.

The prize was renamed in 2018, in honour of Mr. Dave Reid, an ALUS pioneer whose retirement was announced following the 2018 presentation ceremony.

The 2019 Dave Reid Award was presented to Tom and Margaret Towers, who have been stewards of the land for decades. As ALUS Red Deer County participants, the Towers maintain 45 acres of ALUS projects, including wetlands and riparian zones, native trees and shrubs, wildlife-friendly fencing and alternative watering systems for livestock.

The 2019 Dave Reid Aw2019 Tom and Margaret Towers (ALUS Red Deer County).
The 2019 Dave Reid Award was presented to Tom and Margaret Towers (ALUS Red Deer County), Alberta.

“We are honoured to receive this Canada-wide recognition. We will continue to produce ecological services, and be the change we envision in the world, one acre at a time,” said Tom, who has been a PAC member and Farmer Liaison since 2016.

In 2019, ALUS Canada also awarded a special Runner-Up prize, worth $1,500, to ALUS Mountain View participants Jerremie and Rita Clyde of Little Loaves Farm, located just north of Sundre, Alberta, for their role as proud, vocal, and effective advocates for ALUS.

2019 Runner-Up Jerremie Clyde (ALUS Mountain View)
2019 Runner-Up: Jerremie and Rita Clyde (ALUS Mountain View) of Little Loaves Farm, Alberta. Shown here: Jerremie accepting the award from ALUS Canada’s Rhonda King.

“Rita and I are really happy to have our work recognized in this way,” said Jerremie. “We feel blessed to have land to care for, the chance to extend grace to a little bit of creation and really see the depth and breadth of life flourish. Even better are opportunities to share the experience with others and encourage them in their own stewardship activities. ALUS and their partners have been fantastic.”

Also in 2019, ALUS Canada awarded an Honourable Mention prize, worth $500, to Darren and Maria Smith, of Good Land Farms in Parkland County, Alberta. The Smiths are keen participants of the ALUS Parkland program, who demonstrate a clear passion for sustainable agriculture and eagerly volunteer to host tours of their ALUS project to help raise awareness of stewardship.

2019 Honourable Mention: Darren and Maria Smith (ALUS Parkland)
2019 Honourable Mention: Darren and Maria Smith (ALUS Parkland), of Good Land Farms, Alberta

“We are very honoured and surprised to be recognized,” Darren said. “We love our farm and enjoy growing healthy food for our family, friends and community. Our wetland was our first ALUS project but it has been excellent to work with ALUS Parkland, and we have more in mind for the future.”

Congratulations to all recipients of the Dave Reid Awards, and good luck to our nominees for 2020!

Do you know an outstanding ALUS participant/ PAC member who could be a strong candidate for this year’s prize? Please fill out the nomination forms and send them in by April 17, 2020. Complete nomination packages must be received by email or postmarked by this deadline in order to be considered. The nomination forms can be found here: https://alus.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/NominationForm-DaveReidAward2020-ALUS.pdf

 

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