Hope Swinimer receives the Halifax Field Naturalists' Colin Stewart Conservation Award for 2013Text from the presentation on March 7, 2013 at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Nova Scotia
By David Patriquin for the Conservation Committee of the Halifax Field Naturalists.
The Colin Stewart Conservation Award was established in 2004 to honour a lifetime of contributions by Colin towards conservation initiatives in Nova Scotia. Colin died prematurely in 2004.
So the Colin Stewart Conservation Award is given annually to an individual or group for significant conservation efforts in Nova Scotia when appropriate nominations are forthcoming.
Colin was the first recipient of the award in 2005, given posthumously.
There have been 6 subsequently:
Hope Swinimer is the founder and director of the Hope for Wildlife Society (HFWS), a non-profit organization specializing in wildlife rehabilitation and education programs.
It all began while she was working in 1995 as a Manager at the Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital when she took an injured Robin under her wing, so to speak, taking it to her home in Eastern Passage.
That began a personal quest to learn how to take care of injured wildlife and actually do it. It was ground-breaking work.
She worked with DNR to got them involved in creating the rules for wildlife rehabs in Nova Scotia, in part so she could become licensed.
Her operation quickly outgrew her home in Eastern Passage and in 1997 she moved to Winnie's Way in Seaforth in 1997 where she set up The Eastern Shore Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, which subsequently became the Hope for Wildlife Society (HFWS).
Today Hope continues to run the HFWS as a volunteer activity from her home while working full-time as the manager of a veterinary.
She is actively involved in all aspects of the organization: daily care of patients, giving tours and talks to visitors, planning fundraising events, answering public inquiries by phone and email, procuring food and supplies for the shelter, recruiting and training volunteers, and managing finances.
Halifax Field Naturalists are certainly familiar with her outreach. She has talked to us twice I believe, we made a field trip to the Hope for Wildlife Society, and some of our children or grandchildren have participated in their summer camp.
To quote form the nomination:
Hope for Wildlife is the largest private rehabilitation centre in the province.I think it is particularly fitting that the award to Hope follows that to Bob Bancroft, who has highlighted how losses of habitat are generating many of the wildlife casualties we see, and who also has shown in practical ways how we can revitalize degraded habitat for wildlife.
So Hope, we are especially pleased to present this award to you in the tradition of Colin Stewart, and are very honoured that you are accepting it.
More about the Colin Stewart Conservation Award
More about the Hope for Wildlife Society