Celebrating Inspiring Young Women for Nature!

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Jodi Joy
Director of Development

What a wonderful way to celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday by encouraging young Canadians to act as a strong voice for nature!  Six young nature leaders from across the country have been chosen as Nature Canada’s first recipients of our exciting new Young Nature Leadership Grant.

Established this year thanks to the generosity of Women for Nature members, the goal of the Young Nature Leadership Grant is to encourage, foster and nurture youth to demonstrate their own leadership for nature. Canadian youth were invited to develop and implement (in 2017) a project inspired by the Canadian Parks Council’s recently published The Nature Playbook.

The inaugural Young Nature Leadership Grant recipients include:

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Caroline Merner

Caroline Merner, Vancouver, BC

“As kids, we’re in awe of nature. As we grow up, it’s our duty to protect it in the face of climate change. I believe TIDES (Training Initiatives Developing Environmental Sustainability) will combine our appreciation for nature with conservation. This youth program will share tangible skills in addressing climate change.”

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Mathilde Papillon

Mathilde Papillon, Ottawa, ON

“With the help of Women for Nature, a green wall, also known as a vertical garden, will be implemented in one of École secondaire publique De La Salle’s hallways. The project aims to facilitate youth’s relationship with Nature directly at the school by providing educational, artistic, and day-to-day opportunities to engage with plants.”

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Nina Andrascik

Nina Andrascik, Ottawa, ON

“I think nature is a key aspect of my Canadian identity and I look forward to sharing this experience with other young Canadians through Women for Nature.”
Nina is developing a pilot project to encourage first generation new Canadians to enroll in outdoor education programs. She is creating a video series to document the participants experience and voices about their experience.

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Olivia DesRoches

Olivia DesRoches, Hampton, NB

“The greenhouse project has been a dream of mine for a while now, and now that it is coming true, I couldn’t be more excited. All year, my math class has been creating different environmental projects to initiate throughout our school. The greenhouse was the one big project myself and my classmates really felt called to do…My hope is this project will not only bring together the students at my school, but that it will give us all more insight into the importance of locally grown foods, as well as educate them on environmental needs to make the Earth more sustainable. This project is a big undertaking, but I have many friends by my side who are just as passionate about it as me, and I can’t wait for construction to begin!”

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Chantal Templeman

Chantal Templeman, Cochrane, AB

“I believe we all have an innate curiosity for the natural world. It is my hope that by encouraging young women to adventure and explore, we can create confident leaders for the future. Caving is an excellent and unique avenue to accomplish that.”

Chantal is bringing youth caving to teach them about bats and cave conservation, and encourage team-building and leadership skills while volunteering on projects in Banff National Park.

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Martha Henderson

Martha Henderson, Whitehorse, Yukon

“The goal of the Girl’s Nature Club is to empower a new generation of leaders by providing an environment for teenage girls to experience and learn from and about Nature and develop confidence. As a group, they will plan and execute their own outdoor adventure, learn outdoor and survival skills, make friends and have fun outdoors!”

“As the Honorary Chair of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative, I am delighted to see that Canada’s nature is in good hands. These young women and their projects being recognized today are a step in the right direction to help enable more young Canadians to connect with nature and assist in protecting our precious wildlife and habitats.”

The Honourable Senator Diane F. Griffin, Honorary Chair of Women for Nature. 

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