Oct. 13, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The winners of the 2009 Environmental Leadership Awards were announced today by Environment Minister Rick Miles.
"This year's Environmental Leadership Award winners are dedicated environmental leaders, and I commend them for their efforts to protect and promote the environment in New Brunswick," said Miles. "These awards pay tribute to environmental leadership in our province, and they also provide all New Brunswickers with role models to follow."
This year's recipients are:
The recipients will be presented with a pewter medal embossed with the award logo at a ceremony in their respective communities.
The awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and businesses in New Brunswick that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the enhancement and protection of the environment. A panel of independent judges selects the recipients. Information about the awards is available online.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Background information on the award recipients follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.
Lifetime Achievement: Robena Weatherley, Cambridge-Narrows
This founding member of the Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association has co-published educational booklets on watershed conservation efforts, and volunteers at schools and with community groups to increase their awareness of the forest and stream ecology.
Youth: Talya Doucet, Campellton
Talya Doucet is vice-chair of her school's environment committee, and has participated in school recycling initiatives, cleanup efforts, tree sales, petitions and environmental-training workshops. She is also a liaison officer with the New Brunswick Environmental Network, and represents her environment committee and school at a provincial level.
Youth group: McAdam High School, McAdam
McAdam High School, where 80 per cent of students walk or bike to and from school each day, adopted the first paper and cardboard recycling program in the village, and introduced the program to the community, resulting in a successful community recycling program. In addition, each spring the entire student body provides a complete cleanup and restoration of a local municipal site and walking trail.
Individual: Bridget Oland, Rothesay
Bridget Oland, who has been living green for 10 years, writes for KV Style about green living, is the founder and volunteer co-ordinator of an organic whole-food buying group, and speaks in the Rothesay Speaker Series about environmental practices. She has made a difference at Kennebecasis Park Elementary School, where she has helped lead the school to develop a green plan that resulted in the school decreasing its waste by half.
Business: The Hopewell Rocks Park, Hopewell Cape
The Hopewell Rocks Park has developed a green team to oversee the progress and research of environmentally friendly ways of doing business. The park has taken many initiatives, including a wet/dry garbage separation program; an anti-idling policy; using plant-based cleaning products; and using biodegradable dinnerware in its restaurant.
Business: Jody Graham, Kars
Jody Graham wondered why Canadians were paying more for renewable energy products than their neighbours in the United States, so he created a website to bring renewable energy products to Canadians at less than retail price. In addition, he constructed a self-sufficient building to house his business. The building uses straw bales for insulation, is facing solar south, is heated through hot water solar collectors, and is powered by solar panels.
Communities, groups and organizations: Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association, Cambridge-Narrows
The Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association (CWWA) is a community-based organization formed in 2002 in response to local concerns about perceived changes in water quality. The CWWA aims to protect and enhance the ecological structure and function of waterways, and in doing so to connect people in the region with these valuable aquatic resources. Some of the many CWWA activities include programs for: monitoring water quality; fish populations; forest biodiversity; and riparian conditions.