PRWIN'S Environmental
Award of Merit


PRWIN Director, Melanie Moulton presented our 2021 Award of Merit to our community members. The following recipients gave their time, their land or place of work, and support to help complete projects in our watershed. The presentation took place at the Ripley Huron Fall Fair Ambassador Program on September 24th.

PRWIN Director, Melanie Moulton (centre) presented our 2021 Award of Merit to our community members: Shirley Galloway (left) and Conner Dixon (right). Missing from the presentation photo is Brad and Kristie Gilchrist. 
Photo courtesy of Kincardine Independent.

PRWIN Community Member Shirley Galloway

Shirley and her husband Harold are the owners of The Workshop in Ripley. Shirley is an active member of the Ripley Business Community. When the committee was initially set up, her husband Harold originally was a member and then Shirley continued on. She is passionate about our village and the appearance of our downtown community.
Shirley has taken on many volunteer hats in our township. She has volunteered at Rosewood RVilla Retirement Living with a group of volunteer ladies and has assisted with the St. Andrews United Church services at Rosewood Rvilla. Also, she picks up and returns books from the Ripley Library for the Rosewoos Rvilla residents.
Shirley has been a member of the Ripley Horticultural Society for several years by volunteering with their fund-raising events and helped with planting flowers displayed around Ripley every year.
Shirley has served many roles with the St. Andrews United Church. She has been the Clerk of Session, an elder, choir member and UCW secretary. She has supported many hours with church events, concerts and fund-raising events. Also, she organized the Chair Yoga Program at the church for seniors.

Before Covid, Shirley would play cards with Trillium Court residents, volunteer with the Ripley Huron Community School Milk Program and offer assistance in the kindergarten classes.
We appreciate Shirley’s kindness and efforts she contributes to our community. 

PRWIN Community Member Conner Dixon 

Conner has been an active volunteer with PRWIN for many years. Conner has planted trees for PRWIN since he was eight years old. He has planted as a member of the 4-H Beef Club with our spring seedling planting days. Also, Conner would help set up and dismantle the PRWIN displays in the arena at our fall fair and participated in our annual Fall Fair Parade to promote PRWIN in our community.
Conner has traveled to many countries and had wonderful experiences. He has worked many summers at the Kincardine Harbour, graduated from Kincardine Secondary School and completed the Applied Nuclear Science and Radiation Safety Program. This Fall, he will be settling in at Chalk River to start a new job.
This past spring, he offered his land and machinery to assist PRWIN with our spring tree planting reforestation sites and sorting seedlings for our PRWIN Free Seedling Program. He has offered several in kind hours to plant our seedlings and to make sure our program would run smoothly. He has assured us we can still use his property for any of our upcoming projects and hopes to move back in the future.

PRWIN Community Member Brad & Kristie Gilchrist 

Brad is a 3rd generation farmer in Kinloss Township. He is an Angus breeder on the 4th Concession of Kinloss Township with his wife Kristie and daughter Peyton. Brad has been involved with 4-H Clubs starting at the early age of 10 and is well known for judging at shows. His showing of cattle at an early age has developed his career all over the country and provided many rewarding experiences.
This spring, Brad was involved with one of our cattle crossing projects. The project provided exclusion fencing erected on the 18-mile River and spruce seedling trees planted along the bank of the river. Livestock are fenced out of the banks of the river and only allowed access at the installed crossing. This project will help to address water quality threats and to improve water quality and ecosystem health in our watershed.
The Gilchrist family are stewards to our vision of "Clean water and a healthy ecosystem for the Pine River Watershed".


Our PRWIN directors pose at Smeltzer's Garden Centre, as they pick up our trees for our 2021 Potted Tree Ash Replacement Program. We had 12 recipients receive a tree, courtesy of our program. We appreciate our directors' time, organization and delivery of the trees to our shoreline residence. A special thank you to Smeltzer's Garden Centre for ordering the trees, as well as NWMO for supporting our 2021 fall tree program.


PRWIN was fortunate to receive donations in memory of Dr. Richard Huff, who was a long time cottager of Bruce Beach. To acknowledge these contributions, PRWIN Chairperson David Grant, planted a red maple tree at the Bruce Beach Ball Diamond with family members of the Huff family. 

Join us this Saturday on the ice!


We would like to recognize the Lurgan Beach/Blair's Grove Association and the Bruce Beach Cottagers' Association for their generous donation to PRWIN. Also, we would like to thank Karl and Christine Heinisch for their donation to our group. Our committee is grateful for their continued support of our projects. We are a not-for-profit charity, and always welcome assistance from any business, association, or member of our community.


This fall, PRWIN hosted a "Free Tree Contest" to get people excited about the upcoming Ripley Huron Fall Fair! To enter, you had to share a photo of yourself and your favorite tree, like and share to enter the draw! The lucky winner of the draw is Kathleen Lotton Ackert and she will receive a free tree from Smeltzer’s Garden Centre.
Thank you to everyone for participating in our contest! 

Ripley Fall Fair Rolling Parade

The Ripley Huron Fall Fair had a great turnout for their the Rolling Parade! Many participants showcased their business/organizational floats, classic cars and trucks, which cruised its way through the village. PRWIN participated with a 1952 International Step Side 1/2 Ton Truck driven PRWIN volunteer Conner Dixon and PRWIN Director Don Farrell. 

PRWIN participated in the Ripley Huron Fall Fair Decorating Contest to enhance our curb appeal in our downtown community. PRWIN placed 3rd in the Business Decorating Category.

We encourage our vital community members to share our newsletter, website, and Facebook page. There is an opportunity for everyone to sign up for our newsletter. We have resources about our organization on our website and our social media page allows our community to be up to date with our present and future projects.
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