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Finalists announced in Suzy Hamilton Legacy Award

Suzy Hamilton was a well-loved and dedicated West Kootenay environmental activist, founder of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and mentor.

Finalists in the 2019 Suzy Hamilton Legacy Award has been announced by the nominating committee the board said in a recent media release.

The list is a Who’s Who of environmental activists in the West Kootenay Region.

The list includes:

  • Marilyn Burgoon: For decades of work to protect Perry Ridge, and her  pursuit of legal justice regarding the Lemon Creek fuel spill.
  • Avery DeBoer-Smith: For her years of service as Executive Director of the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society.
  • Kiala Lonytomaki: For her support of Indigenous resistance, including Unist'ot'en Camp resistance to the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline in Wet'sewt'en Territory, and local Sinixt issues.
  • Nikita McDaniel: For her work on the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Energy campaign, and with the Cottonwood Preservation Society.
  • Jessica Ogden: For protesting and blockading logging at several locations throughout the West Kootenays, and organizing events to bring attention to unsustainable logging practices.
  • Laura Sacks: For her advocacy on climate change, including founding the Nelson/West Kootenay Chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby, mentoring youth including the current school strikers, and operating the syndicated radio show Climate of Change.
  • Joan Snyder: For over 40 years of defending mountain caribou, as a lichenologist and biologist, and local representative of BC Nature.

The Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund honours the work of one woman environmental activist each year through a cash award. The fund was established in 2016 after the death of the well-loved and dedicated West Kootenay environmental activist, founder of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and mentor.

The inaugural winner was Heather McSwain of the Glade Watershed Protection Society.