Dr. Bill Freedman, Cape St. Mary's, NL (Photo by Sheldon Bowles)

Dr. Bill Freedman, Cape St. Mary's, NL (Photo by Sheldon Bowles)

Dr. Bill Freedman Science in Conservation Internship

Dr. Bill Freedman (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Dr. Bill Freedman (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is honouring a long-time volunteer and major contributor to conservation in Atlantic Canada and across the country.

It has announced the Dr. Bill Freedman Science in Conservation Internship.

Dr. Bill Freedman passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015 at his home in Halifax at the age of 65. He was a retired ecologist, former Chair of the Department of Biology and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University. 

Respected academic 

The author of over 100 refereed scientific papers and publications, he received a Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of University Chairs (2007) and a Canadian Environment Award, Gold Medal Level, in the category of Community Awards for Conservation from the Canadian Geographic Society (2006). 

Dr. Freedman was a 25-year volunteer with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, having served as National Board Chair from 2008 to 2009 and as Atlantic Regional Board Chair for two terms. 

In 2013, Dr. Freedman authored A History of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and in 2015 he was named a lifetime member and director emeritus of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and our partners have helped to protect more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast, including 66,000 acres in Atlantic Canada. 

By investing in conservation we are ensuring that our natural world remains a home for wildlife, a haven for recreation and a vital resource that cleans the air we breathe and the water we drink. 

Through strong partnerships NCC works to safeguard our natural areas so that our children and grandchildren will have the chance to enjoy them.

Dr. Bill Freedman Science in Conservation Internship

The Dr. Bill Freedman Science in Conservation Internship will support one student each year to work alongside NCC’s senior conservation staff to analyze and develop solutions to problems that  address important knowledge and information gaps relevant to the management of NCC’s diverse and critically important conservation land holdings. 

The intern will develop a real world knowledge and experience of conservation, honing skill sets that will provide a foundation for career success while contributing to the advancement of NCC’s mission to protect Canada’s diverse and outstanding natural areas. 

The internship honours the unequalled commitment and contribution that Dr. Bill Freedman has made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the conservation and academic communities in his lifetime. 

Anonymous gift

An anonymous contribution of $50,000 has been committed to kick-start this initiative, but to make the Dr. Bill Freedman Science in Conservation Internship a reality, we need your financial support.  

The ultimate goal is $250,000 and funds raised will be endowed and managed in accordance with Nature Conservancy of Canada’s National Board policy, with the annual interest helping support this position.  

Contributions are eligible for a charitable tax receipt and may be made online, in cash, by cheque, credit card or by donation of shares.

Donations can be made on line at: www.natureconservancy.ca/freedmaninternship 

Mailing address

Nature Conservancy of Canada | Atlantic Region

7071 Bayers Road, Suite 337 | Halifax, NS. B3L 2C2

To learn more or make a contribution, please contact NCC at 1 877 231 4400

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