Colleen McCrory

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Colleen McCrory
Colleen McCrory.jpg
Born 1949/1950
New Denver, British Columbia
Died July 1, 2007
Silverton, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Environmental activist
Known for Founded Valhalla Wilderness Society

Colleen McCrory (1949/1950 – July 1, 2007) was a Canadian environmental activist.[1][2]

She was born in New Denver, British Columbia. McCrory founded the Valhalla Wilderness Society, a British Columbia environmental group, in 1975.[3]

McCrory funded her campaign at first through a small clothing store in New Denver. However, a three year boycott by loggers forced her out of business in 1985 and forced her deep into debt.[4]

She was awarded the Governor-General's Conservation Award in 1983 and the IUCN's Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award in 1988. In 1992, she was named to the United Nations' Global 500 Roll of Honour and awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize.

She ran as a candidate for the Green Party in the 2001 British Columbia provincial elections.

McCrory's efforts helped lead to the creation of:

McCrory died of a brain tumor at home in Silverton, British Columbia in 2007, aged 57.


  1. ^ Connelly, Joel (5 July 2007). "She stood up, and made parks happen". Seattle PI Blogs. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Hume, Mark (24 February 1987). "Valhalla victors battle on". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Canadian Press via CANOE "Environmentalist Colleen McCrory dead at 57" July 3, 2007
  4. ^ Toufexis, Anastasia (27 April 1992). "Endangered Species No, not owls or elephants. Humans who fight to save the planet are putting their lives on the line.". Time Magazine. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 

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