2021 Waterways Stewardship Award

Cathy McCarthy is this year's recipient of the Waterways Stewardship Award.

Cathy was nominated for her tireless efforts on behalf of McNabs and Lawlor islands, the two largest islands in Halifax Harbour. In particular, I nominate her for organizing and participating in the thirty (!) annual shoreline cleanups of McNabs Island, and the occasional Lawlor Island cleanup. 

The latest McNabs Island cleanup, on September 19,  resulted in the collection and removal from the island of about 800 bags of beach trash and 80 derelict lobster traps, for a cumulative total of about 16 000 bags of garbage!

She has been the president of the Friends of McNabs Island Society for many years now, and is one of its founding members. She has been instrumental in the production of a map of the island, the development and maintenance of a trail system, and the erection of outhouses and of a kiosk. 

She edited and presided over the publication of two editions of Discover McNabs Island, a guidebook to the island. Thanks to her and her colleagues the entire Lawlor Island and most of McNabs Island were designated as a provincial park in 2002, thus securing the islands' undisturbed future..

Over the years Cathy McCarthy has been a stellar example of effective volunteerism. She fully deserves the Nova Scotia Waterways Stewardship Award!

Nominated by Dusan Soudek on October 17, 2021.


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