Oct. 27, 2009
ROTHESAY (CNB) - A ceremony was held this morning to honour Bridget Oland, recipient of the 2009 Environmental Leadership Award in the Individual category.
Environment Minister Rick Miles presented Oland with a framed pewter medal and a certificate for a tree that can be planted to commemorate her achievements.
"The community of Rothesay should be very proud of the work Bridget has done to protect and promote the environment," said Miles. "She is a fine example of 'living green' and has made a difference in the community of Rothesay through her public education initiatives, including her column in KV Style and her work with the Kennebecasis Park Elementary School. There, she has helped lead the school to develop a green plan that resulted in the school decreasing its waste by half."
In addition, Oland is the founder and volunteer co-ordinator of an organic whole-food buying group, and she speaks in the Rothesay Speaker Series about environmental practices.
"I commend Bridget on her impressive record of working to ensure that environmental sustainability is a priority in this part of New Brunswick," said Miles. "As residents of this beautiful province, we are responsibile for conserving and protecting 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 improving and protecting the environment. A panel of independent judges selects the recipients.
Information about the Environmental Leadership Awards is online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department Environment, 506-453-3700.