By Rosemary Park
Thousands of years ago, glaciers retreating in the York Region area left behind the Oak Ridges Moraine, and major headwaters flowing south to Lake Ontario, or north to Lake Simcoe.
Six years ago, the establishment of York Region Community Foundation resulted in Ernie Crossland, his wife Jean, and their children creating the first environmental scholarship for high school students living in communities beside Lake Simcoe. The scholarship is especially unique as it funds students for every year of their undergraduate study of environmental issues.
In 2011, we had our first university graduates, with others following behind.
As a farmer, prior Town of Newmarket Citizen of the Year, and environmentalist, Ernie believes in the future – in keeping Lake Simcoe healthy, and our young adults obtaining the knowledge and skills to protect our planet in their own way.
Thank you Ernie, Jean and family!
Rosemary Park is founding Chair of the York Region Community Foundation.