Nature Canada Celebrates Women’s Leadership for Nature on Parliament Hill

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March 24, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – To mark its 75th anniversary, Nature Canada is pleased to honour the initiative and positive contributions of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature at a parliamentary reception on March 24th, 2015. The event will feature the 75th member, Mrs. Laureen Harper, the 76th member, Minister Rona Ambrose, and 77th member, Megan Leslie, Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition among other Women for Nature who will take part in the event.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate a diverse group of women who have chosen to join Nature Canada in championing nature,” said Eleanor Fast, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “These women are incredibly influential and they are at the heart of our efforts to connect more Canadians to nature.”
Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative brings together the leadership, knowledge, experience and passion of amazing women across Canada who are committed to nature conservation.

“Growing up on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I found a real joy in spending time in the breathtaking nature nearby.” said Laureen Harper, the 75th founding member of Women for Nature. “To this day, I treasure time spent hiking our great outdoors and encourage Canadians to connect with nature each day.”

Having reached the goal of 75 members in time for Nature Canada’s 75th anniversary, the Women for Nature members have set an ambitious goal to double its membership, making it 150 women strong by Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

“When I have the opportunity to be out hiking, I am always in awe of the beauty of our country, and I am reminded how important it is to protect and sustain it. Apart from the pure enjoyment of being in nature, being able to get outside has great benefits for overall physical and mental health,” said Minister Ambrose.

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About Nature Canada
Nature Canada was founded in 1939 because of the passion and initiative of Mabel Frances Whittemore, a teacher and nature lover whose main goal in life was to share her passion for nature with others. Today, Nature Canada represents a network of more than 45,000 member and supporters and more than 350 nature groups across the country and in every province. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat as well as engage hundreds of thousands of Canadians in nature through its activities.

About Women for Nature
Women for Nature is the collaborative voices of Canadian women with vision – women of influence who chose to demonstrate their passion for nature and pass their values on to others to drive change. Women for Nature is a philanthropic initiative comprised of professional women from across Canada – this unique partnership of motivated and influential women champion Nature Canada’s work to their network of colleagues and friends. Together we will be more effective in our efforts to connect more Canadians to nature.

Media contact
Monette Gauvreau
Communications Coordinator
613-562-3447 ext 233
mgauvreau@naturecanada.ca