Osprey’s Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund honours the work of one woman environmental activist in the West Kootenay each year through a cash award. The fund was established in 2016 after the death of well-loved and dedicated West Kootenay environmental activist, journalist, founder of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and mentor to many, Suzy Hamilton.
The public call for nominations is a reflection of the high number of women doing phenomenal work in the West Kootenay on a wide range of conservation and sustainability issues. There is no official entry form. Entries should include the name and contact information of the nominee, as well as a short paragraph about the work they do for the environment. Nominations can be sent to the Fund’s award committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations close on March 15th.
Heather McSwan of the Glade Watershed Protection Committee was the first recipient of the newly established Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund in 2018. The 2019 winner was Laura Sacks of Citizens Climate Lobby. In 2020 the award went to wildlife biologist and educator Joanne Siderius, and also posthumously honoured long-time Slocan Valley environmental and Indigenous rights activist Marilyn Burgoon.
As the cash value of the Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund endowment grows, the award amount increases. The award committee encourages donations so that Suzy’s legacy continues to grow. Donations to this fund can be made by cheque (“Osprey Community Foundation”, and put “Suzy Hamilton” on the memo line) or online. See the Donations page for details.