Sept. 19, 2008
MEMRAMCOOK (CNB) - A tree-planting ceremony was held this afternoon in Memramcook to honour Paul Doucet, recipient of the 2007 Environmental Leadership Award in the Individual Achievement category. Environment Minister Roland Haché joined Doucet in planting the tree at Memramcook Village Park.
"Planting a tree to commemorate an individual, group or business winning an Environmental Leadership Award is a long-standing tradition," Haché said. "The tree stands as a symbol of the recipient's hard work and dedication to protecting the environment."
For 30 years Doucet has been an environmental advocate in his community of Calhoun, drawing attention to the issues of diesel emissions, uncontrolled dust and unpaved roads due to the quarries and asphalt plant in the area.
Doucet continues to work with various industry and government agencies to bring about solutions to these challenges.
"I commend Paul Doucet for working on behalf of his community and on behalf of the environment," Haché said. "It is up to us as residents of New Brunswick to conserve and protect the environment around us. If New Brunswick is to be self-sufficient by 2026, we will need to be partners in ensuring environmental sustainability."
The Environmental Leadership Awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the enhancement and protection of the environment. A panel of independent judges selects the recipients.
Information about the Environmental Leadership Awards is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Environment, 506-457-7206.