Environmentalist Sister Margo Ritchie Receives Ivey Award

Aug. 08, 2010

Sister Margo Ritchie doesn’t just think locally and act globally; she acts locally too. Don Gordon, former Executive Director of the Thames Talbot Land Trust nominated Sister Margo for the Community Foundation's 2010 Ivey Award for Excellence, explaining that she “brought something very special to the Board room and that was joy and a love of life and creation.”

During her two terms as a Director of the TTLT, Sister Margo facilitated new programming for youth and partnerships with schools, and helped develop an interpretive trail guide for Joany’s Woods, a 365 acre forest on the Ausable River near Sylvan. She was also instrumental in bringing renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben to London on behalf of TTLT.

Sister Margo took on the role of Congressional Leader for the Sisters of St Joseph in London four years ago and has helped to make the environment central to the work of the Sisters.

Under Sister Margo’s leadership, they have built a new residence, which is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building in London. In addition, Sister Margo led the community in developing local awareness and action around 350.org, the international movement that works to highlight the dangers of climate change; and also led “Beyond Tinkering: Growing an Inclusive Economy”, a series of talks and forums that focus on environmental sustainability, economic vitality and social justice.

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