The Canadian Environment Awards has named the finalists who will be honoured during its annual celebration of environmental achievement.
Inspired by the community-action objectives of Canadian Environment Week, which takes place this year from June 4 to 10, the Canadian Environment Awards program is a national, bilingual celebration recognizing four levels of environmental excellence: Community Awards, Citation of Lifetime Achievement, Ideas for Life, and The Green Team Challenge.
(See bottom for list of finalists.)
“The Government of Canada is delighted to be supporting the Canadian Environment Awards, as this is a special occasion for all of us to highlight the exemplary work done by dedicated Canadians who have made it their mission to preserve and protect our environment,” said the Honorable Rona Ambrose, minister of the environment. “It will take all of us working together to build our ‘made-in-Canada approach’ for a cleaner environment. We must develop solutions that bring real results for Canadians and that enhance the quality of our air and water.”
The Community Awards is the flagship program of the Canadian Environment Awards. Now in its fifth year, this program celebrates 18 individuals and grassroots groups that have been chosen by a panel of environmental luminaries from nominations submitted by the Canadian public. “Our dedicated finalists are defining a new era,” says managing director Paula Prociuk Blacklock. “Environmental remediation may always be necessary, but these Canadians are emblematic of the growing momentum for systemic environmental change. They are setting the parameters of sustainability.” Profiles of these finalists, representing six categories Climate Change, Conservation, Environmental Health, Environmental Learning, Restoration & Rehabilitation, and Sustainable Living have been published in English and French magazines that will be distributed with Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail and L’actualit.
In 2006, the Canadian Environment Awards will also present artist Robert Bateman with the inaugural Ideas for Life Award, a unique honour given for outstanding efforts that increase environmental awareness or the conservation, restoration or sustainability of Canada’s environment through excellence in the arts, entertainment or design.
The Canadian Environment Award’s top honour, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement, will be presented this year to Sheila Watt-Cloutier. Ms. Watt-Cloutier, who is chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, has worked tirelessly for environmental protection and sustainability for Inuit, and her leadership and influence have been pivotal on key issues such as persistent contaminants and climate change.
The Awards Gala, which launches Canadian Environment Week, will take place on Monday, June 5, at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. The Junior and Senior winners of The Green Team Challenge, which is the CEA’s youth initiative, will be announced on this occasion, and the Gold and Silver Community Awards winners will be recognized with a cash prize of $5,000 or $2,500, respectively, to donate to the environmental cause of their choice.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, recipient of the Citation of Lifetime Achievement, will deliver the evening’s keynote address. The Canadian Environment Awards 2006 is a partnership between the Government of Canada and Canadian Geographic Enterprises, which manages the program and publishes the magazines. The Canadian Environment Awards program is also supported by 14 Canadian corporations. Shell Canada is the lead corporate sponsor.
(See below to list of finalists.)
For complete details of the Canadian Environment Awards 2006, visit www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea2006 or contact:
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FINALISTS FOR THE CANADIAN ENVIRONMENT AWARDS 2006
CITATION OF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference and climate-change activist, Iqaluit, Nunavut
IDEAS FOR LIFE AWARD
Robert Bateman, wildlife artist and naturalist, Saltspring Island, British Columbia
COMMUNITY AWARDS FINALISTS
Alysia Garmulewicz, Canadian Youth Climate Change Conference, New Denver, British Columbia
Scouts Canada, Climate Change Education and Action Program, Ottawa, Ontario
Claude Villeneuve, activist and teacher, Laterrire, Quebec
Bill Freedman, Nature Conservancy Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Hritage Saint-Bernard, community-based conservation group, Chteauguay, Quebec
Wayne Sawchuk, Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, Chetwynd, British Columbia
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), Operation Pesticide Bylaw, Toronto, Ontario
Families Against Radiation Exposure (FARE), citizens group fighting radioactive pollution, Port Hope, Ontario
Groupe Eco-Action, model for sustainable health-care practices, Montral, Quebec
Comit de valorisation de la rivire Beauport, Adopt a River, Beauport, Quebec
Ruth Foster, Centennial School Salmon Project, Belcarra, British Columbia
Paul Hanley, writer and activist, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
RESTORATION & REHABILITATION
Comit de restauration de la rivire Etchemin, salmon restoration project, Saint-Lon-de-Standon, Quebec
Rivire Vivante, Saint-Charles river restoration, Qubec, Quebec
Ralph Simpson, Bur Oak Project, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA Outdoor Centre, eco-friendly outdoor centre and camp, St. Clements, Ontario
Quest Outreach Society, food-recovery program, Vancouver, British Columbia
Nicole Rycroft, Markets Initiative, Vancouver, British Columbia
For complete details of the Canadian Environment Awards 2006, visit www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea2006