Established in 2019, the Pauline Browes Future Conservation Leaders Fellowship develops the next generation of environmental leaders. Over the course of a summer, fellows learn and participate in the protection and restoration of Rouge National Urban Park as part of Parks Canada’s prestigious Resource Conservation team. The Fellowship is awarded to the candidate that demonstrates a strong commitment to the environment and a passion for making a difference in their community.
The Board of Directors for the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT) created the fellowship to recognize the tremendous contribution Pauline has made and continues to make to protect and restore the Rouge Valley, and ultimately secure its designation as Canada’s first national urban park. She has dedicated nearly four decades, first as a Member of Parliament and then as a community leader and advocate, to secure resources and consensus to make sure the Rouge Valley was recognized as a national treasure. Pauline is also a founding member of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust Board.
Pictured left to right: Keith Laushway, Chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust; Omar McDadi, Superintendent, Rouge National Urban Park; Samantha Clapperton, this year’s recipient of the Pauline Browes Fellowship; Pauline Browes, Waterfront Regeneration Trust Board Member; Mariah Ramlogan last year’s inaugural recipient of the fellowship.
Pauline Browes Fellowship Alumni and Future Conservation Leaders
MARIAH RAMLOGAN SELECTED AS THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE PAULINE BROWES FELLOWSHIP
Keith Laushway, Chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Mariah Ramlogan is the first recipient of the Pauline Browes Fellowship, Pauline Browes, Waterfront Regeneration Trust Board Member, Omar McDadi, Acting Field Unit Superintendent, Rouge National Urban Park
“The moment of visual realization that the work I do makes a difference was when I saw the newly transformed area of the Northern Welcome Centre in Rouge National Urban Park. In 2017, pre-restoration, the area was a vast low land of never-ending reeds and grasses tall enough to get lost in. Revisiting that same site the following summer, post-restoration. I saw newly planted trees and shrubs, an extensive variety of aquatic and riparian plants, pockets of serene ponds, and gently flowing channels connecting them.”
2020 Pauline Browes Fellowship Finalists share why protecting the Rouge Valley is so critical.
Jessica Ballie, 2020 Pauline Browes Fellowship Finalist
“With the Rouge National Urban Park I know I am a part of a historical establishment that looks expansively at biodiversity on all scales. This park is an exciting endeavour that protects and connects green spaces in Ontario’s most populated city.”
Graham Mulvihill, 2020 Pauline Browes Fellowship Finalist
“It is my hope to decrease forest fragmentation and increase the water connectivity in wetlands across the vast agricultural landscape and improve upon the structural diversity of the park thus allowing for richer species diversity.”