SAM Conservation Fund


Cerren is currently pursuing her PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada. The overarching aim of her research is to determine how environmental change constrains seabird energetics across multiple levels of biological organization. Along with her PhD work, Cerren also designs infographics that highlight seabird diversity, threats and conservation with the hopes to promote conversation and inspire individuals to spearhead changes in their perceptions and behaviours. Following her PHD, Cerren plans to continue her passion for marine conservation through pursuing a career path dedicated to applied wildlife conservation and research in NL. (Pictured L-R: City of St. John's Mayor Danny Breen, 2022 SAM Scholarship Winner Cerren Richards)

In 2013 SAM members first established an externally managed, charitable endowment fund and continue to seek to build the balance of that fund over time. The vision and agreed long-term intent of this fund is that it will become a provincial source of habitat stewardship and conservation funding. Annual equity realized from the fund could be used to stabilize SAM’s operations, increase its public profile and contribute, in a way consistent with the Vision Statement of SAM, to the conservation activities of its members and the wider Newfoundland and Labrador conservation community. In particular, it is envisioned that such a fund could benefit municipalities, charitable partner entities and the wider conservation community involved in likeminded environmentally driven projects. In the shorter-term, portions of equity from the fund are being used to support the SAM Environmental Stewardship Awards, in particular the SAM Scholarship.

SAM Environmental Steward Awards

The SAM Environmental Stewardship Award is used to recognize an individual, group, organization or business who has gone above and beyond in their community to support wildlife habitat stewardship, whose responsible management of wildlife habitat and the environment within Newfoundland and Labrador exceeds expectations.

The SAM Environmental Stewardship Award will be awarded based on three levels (outlined below). Winners of this Award do not have to be from a SAM Member Community.

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Peter Reccord of Labrador City, recipient of the SAM Steward Award in 2018. Peter lived in Labrador City since 1964, and has overseen many community projects. Peter served as part of the Labrador City Town Council for 12 years - 3 full terms as well as being Deputy Mayor. During that time he served on many committees in the community, and received many community, Provincial and National recognitions and awards.

Award Levels:

Innovative Organizations - Business or Non-Profit/Community Group

  • This award recognizes a local Business’, Non-Profit’s, or Community Group’s significant innovation or achievement in environmental stewardship. The Innovation Award recognizes a significant initiative or achievement of a Business or Non-Profit/Community Organization in Newfoundland and Labrador who is engaging in green activities and milestones. This could include business projects with a positive environmental impact, or contribution(s) to the community from an environmental or sustainable perspective.

Community Champion

  • This award recognizes an individual’s significant initiative or achievement in environmental stewardship in Newfoundland and Labrador. This individual’s actions will have had a positive environmental impact, proving to be a key force in conserving the environment. This Champion Award recognizes an individual’s contributions to environmental sustainability, bringing us one step closer to a greener future.


The Innovative Organizations and Community Champion Award nominations will be considered prior to each of SAM's bi-annual meetings (Spring AGM and Fall Meeting) - in order to be considered, please have nominations in prior to the next meeting.

SAM Student Scholarship

  • First awarded in 2015, this scholarship is awarded to a student either from or studying in Newfoundland and Labrador whose interests, activities and post-secondary goals are focused on the conservation of habitat in this province.

  • Deadline to apply is May of each year.

  • Award is a $1000 scholarship.


To be eligible for the SAM Student Scholarship:

  1. Applicant must be a resident of or must be studying in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador;

  2. Is (or will be) enrolled in a post-secondary program in the 2022-2023 academic year;

  3. Have demonstrated an active commitment to conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador.

To apply: Fill out the attached application form and email it and any supporting documents to

SAM reserves the right to not to grant the Award if there are no eligible nominees. For more information, please contact the Stewardship Association of Municipalities.