June 25, 2013 – On June 23, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) hosted the sixth annual Canoe the Credit event at the Don Rowing Club in Port Credit. Canoe the Credit brought together hundreds of residents, supporters and advocates of the Credit River watershed community for a day of paddling, food, and fun. The event raised $22,000 for river conservation.
“We are thrilled that more than 230 paddlers participated in our annual Canoe the Credit to raise funds for river conservation,” said Jim Muscat, Chair, CVCF. “The Credit River is a vital environmental and recreational resource and it’s exciting to see so many local residents and visitors supporting it.”
The event was attended by Mayor Hazel McCallion, City of Mississauga; Mayor Marolyn Morrison, Town of Caledon; Councillor Ron Starr, City of Mississauga; Councillor Jim Tovey, City of Mississauga; and Norm Loberg, Chair, Enersource.
The sponsors of the event included: Enersource; The Complete Paddler; Don Rowing Club; and Mississauga Canoe Club.
“Enersource was pleased to announce a two-year commitment of $50,000 to the CVCF in 2012,” said Norm Loberg, Chair, Enersource. “We have supported the CVCF for a number of years through our involvement in Canoe the Credit. Our employees attend the event with a lot of enthusiasm and a change of clothes when they fall in the river! We challenge other businesses in Mississauga to pledge their support for an important organization such as CVCF.”
The Complete Paddler provided 130 families with canoes, kayaks and safety equipment, allowing them to participate in the family fun paddle.
The corporate team challenge included paddlers from Enersource, Holcim Inc., Peel Regional Police, and Caledon Fire & Emergency Services. Teams paddled off in a 10-team double elimination race in 26-foot north canoes. In the end, Peel Regional Police won the “Canoe the Credit” cup. Different Strokes, a team from Holcim Inc. raised the most number of pledges for the team challenge.
“In just six short years, Canoe the Credit has raised more than $140,000 in support of the Conservation Youth Corps, a program of Credit Valley Conservation,” said Terri LeRoux, Executive Director, CVCF. “We look forward to seeing more paddlers participate in 2014.”
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About Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF)
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the the valuable conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation that protect the health and well-being of the flora and fauna, the watershed and its inhabitants for today and tomorrow.
About Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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