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 Dr. Bill Freedman Science in Conservation Internship honours a long-time volunteer and major contributor to conservation in Atlantic Canada and across the country.

Bill was a 25-year volunteer with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). He served as National Board Chair from 2008 to 2009 and as Atlantic Regional Board Chair for two terms.

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

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).

Bill 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.

A special Internship

The Dr. Bill Freedman Science in Conservation Internship supports one Dalhousie University student each year to work with NCC conservation staff in Nova Scotia. The intern works with the team to analyze and develop solutions to problems that address important knowledge and information gaps relevant to the management of critically important conservation land holdings.

The intern develops 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 important natural areas.

The internship honours the unequalled commitment and contribution that Dr. Bill Freedman has made to NCC and the conservation and academic communities in his lifetime. Over 100 supporters have pledged support to this internship in Bill’s honour.

A lasting legacy

An anonymous contribution of $50,000 kick-started this initiative, but to keep Dr. Bill Freedman Science in Conservation Internship a reality, we need your continued financial support.

If, together, we can give another $90,000, the annual interest will support this internship forever, like the land it helps conserve. Funds raised will be endowed and managed in accordance with NCC’s National Board policy.

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

To learn more or make a contribution, please contact Faith Flemming at 1-877-231-3552.

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