This award was created to remember John Fisher, a native of Knowlton, Québec, first Chairman of the Tree Canada Board of Directors who passed away in 1997. In his personal and corporate life, John Fisher had a particular love of trees - not only for their beauty, but for their beneficial contribution to the environment. He passed on his passion for the sustainability and care for the environment to the next generation.
Schools that are engaged in greening their grounds understand the importance of linking children to nature. They incorporate learning about trees, the environment and caring for a sustainable future and are instilling in children and youth John Fisher's ideals. In honouring his passion it is most fitting that an award in his name would acknowledge a school whose efforts to green their schoolyard merits exceptional recognition.
In 2012, in recognition of Tree Canada's 20th Anniversary, the family of John Fisher has offered a financial prize to be presented to two schools serving, or located within, less privileged communities. Schools selected for Tree Canada's Greening Canada's School Grounds program will be eligible for consideration. Schools are invited to click here to apply to the Greening Canada's School Grounds program.