Peter Thomas has been a quiet, behind the scenes Conservation Champion for many decades. In fact, many of the environmental initiatives that are ongoing today may not have been initiated if it wasn’t for Pete’s efforts and enthusiasm. He was instrumental in developing the CAW Joint Workplace Environment committees, and championed and organized the YEN (Youth Environment Network) annual environmental day with secondary students and the Conservation Authority. It was because of Pete’s vision and commitment toward collaboration that the Essex Region Children’s Water Festival exists today, as it was he who brought together the partners who still coordinate the festival today.
Pete was also key in establishing the Computers for Kids program, which not only diverts electronic waste from the landfill, but also refurbishes computers for children who might otherwise not have access.
He lends his expertise, passion and assistance to the Earth Day Committee, Detroit River Cleanup Committee, Essex Region Children’s Water Festival committee and many additional organizations. Pete prefers to stay behind the scenes, and with modesty, will always pass along the credit for his accomplishments to others, but all those in the environmental field know that Pete Thomas is a true Conservation Champion.