Comox, BC, June 02, 2021 (Globe Newswire) — This Saturday, Comox resident James Edwards (better known as “Stocky”) will celebrate his 100th birthday. A COVID-Safe Fest is being hosted for the WWII veteran and dedicated conservationist that includes Canadian forces, a car parade—and a special presentation by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) honoring his lifetime of service is. The conservation organization is closing in on its goal of raising $100,000 in Edwards’ honor to protect wetlands and wildlife in the province.
DUC established the Stocky Edwards Wetland and Wildlife Conservation Fund with the goal of raising $100,000 to mark Edwards’ 100th birthday. People across Canada and the United States have shown their support by donating or engaging in their own personal fundraising.
“We are quickly meeting our $100,000-goal and expect to exceed it by Saturday,” says Greg Sochuk, a member of DUC’s national board of directors and a longtime friend of Edwards. “Stocky is an inspiration to many, and it’s incredible to see how people from everywhere are paying tribute to him by supporting one of his favorite causes.”
Edwards and his wife Tony are dedicated members of the DUC community in Comox who have been supporting the organization’s conservation efforts for decades. His inspiration comes from enjoying the outdoors throughout his life. They have spent many hours together fishing, hunting and bird watching.
“The work they do — you can see it,” Edwards says, referring to the marshes and other wetland areas under the DUC’s supervision. “They are doing it for the betterment of the country and the community.”
To date, DUC has protected more than 450,000 acres of wetlands and other natural habitats in British Columbia. In addition to serving as the beautiful backdrop and wildlife refuge that the province is known for, these areas are essential to the overall health of the environment. They naturally filter pollutants from water, store carbon and protect against the devastating effects of sea level rise.
“Supporting the conservation is another way Stockie continues to serve his country. It’s about creating a healthier world for generations to come,” Sochuk says. “We are extremely grateful for the support we have received and are proud to honor Stockie in this way on his birthday.”
The media interview with Edwards will be conducted on the morning of Friday, June 4. Please contact DUC for details and to make arrangements. The public can also watch Stockie’s birthday celebrations via live stream on Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. 19 Wing Totem Times’ Facebook page.
There is still time for people to donate to the Stocky Edwards Wetland and Wildlife Conservation Fund. Travel ducks.ca/stockyedwards To learn more about his story and to make a contribution that will help take this tribute to a great Canadian above and beyond his goal.
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Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is a leader in wetland conservation. A registered charitable organization, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve waterfowl, wildlife, and wetlands that are important to the environment.
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