WALKERTON – The recognition of being the 2021 recipient of the Walkerton Clean Water Legacy Award is gratifying to Connor Maxwell.
“It’s a pretty big honour,” he said. “It’s cool to be recognized for something I am pursuing.”
He’s also proud to sit on the selection committee for this year’s award winner, and expressed gratitude to all those who made donations for the award.
The former Hanover resident who attended high school at Sacred Heart in Walkerton, is presently entering year three of a five-year environmental engineering program at the University of Guelph.
Maxwell plans to work in the water sector.
“It’s a super interesting industry, and it will be more and more important all the time,” he said.
The award helped him pay for classes in environmental systems and engineering. He said the Walkerton water tragedy was studied in three of his classes.
“It showed me the scale of the tragedy and how much it changed the water sector, for all of Ontario.”
Maxwell will be working with GSS Engineering Consultants Ltd. in Owen Sound this spring and summer. The company specializes in environmental work, including water and wastewater management systems.
He’s done work with water quality baseline testing in the Teeswater area.
He presently resides in Durham, on the Rocky Saugeen River, where he enjoys the opportunity to go fly fishing in “one of the last Grade A rivers in Ontario.”
He’s volunteered with Trout Unlimited Canada and is currently studying a species of mayfly on the river with a neighbour, who’s a biologist.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times