Colleen McCrory, as Chairperson of the Valhalla Wilderness Society, led an eight-year campaign from 1976 for the establishment of the 49,000 hectare Valhalla Provincial Park in 1983.
Between 1984-1987 she assisted in the formation of the National Save South Moresby Park Reserve on Queen Charlotte Island. She received the Equinox Citation Award for her achievements in saving Canada's environment in 1989, which encouraged her to form Canada's Future Forest Alliance, an umbrella coalition of grassroots organizations representing one million Canadians.
Over the years its Board of Directors and Staff have included a diverse mixture of scientific expertise, political strategists, public spokespersons and literary/artistic talent. Colleen McCrory, who was one of VWS's chief activists and its longtime Chairperson, passed away suddenly in July of 2007