Herman Giethoorn receives Sydenham Field Naturalists ‘Friend of Nature Award’

The Sydenham Field Naturalists (SFN) announced Wallaceburg’s Herman Giethoorn as the recipient of the Friend of Nature Award at their annual spring banquet held on April 13, 2024.

“A founding member of SFN in 1985, Herman has been an integral part of the organization’s journey towards conservation, restoration, and preservation of nature in the Sydenham and Thames watershed,” SFN officials said in a media release.

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“After an impressive 38 years of service on the board, Herman retired from his position but continues to be an active and dedicated member of SFN. Herman holds the distinction of being the longest-serving board member in SFN’s history.”

SFN officials added: “Despite retiring from his board position, he remains deeply involved in SFN’s activities, serving as the official photographer and volunteering for work parties. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Herman for his unwavering commitment to nature and his instrumental role in laying the foundation of SFN. His dedication and passion for conservation have been truly inspiring, and we are honored to have him as part of our community.”

Giethoorn’s legacy will continue to shape the future of SFN as the organization continues its mission to protect and celebrate nature in the Sydenham and Thames watershed, SFN officials added.

SFN is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of nature in the Sydenham and Thames watershed.

Founded in 1985, SFN has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve and protect the natural heritage of the region.

Through educational programs, field trips, and community initiatives, SFN strives to foster a deeper connection between people and the natural world.

Visit www.sydenhamfieldnaturalists.ca for more information.

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