Nature Canada honours Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Canada’s premiere supporter of nature and outdoors
Margaret Atwood and Chantal Kreviazuk
Two of Canada’s exemplary public icons are featured guests
(OTTAWA Sept. 30, 2016)—Nature Canada, Canada’s oldest conservation charity, will roll out the ‘Green Carpet’ tonight at its inaugural Nature Canada Ball to honour Canada’s premiere supporter of nature and the outdoors, Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Madame Grégoire Trudeau will be honoured tonight as the 100th member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative. Madame Grégoire Trudeau will be the Patron of the Ball.
“Our natural environment plays a strong role in our family. Whether it’s out for a hike or gliding along in a canoe or a paddle board in the Gatineau region, there are distinct physical and mental benefits – for children and for adults – that come with connecting with nature,” says Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. “Caring about nature and the outdoors is the foundation for a healthy society. Our children and the world depend on it.”
A dedicated advocate for nature and a healthy living society, Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will be accompanied by Canadian poet, novelist and award winning environmental activist Margaret Atwood and three-time Juno Award winner Canadian singer and songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk.
“Madame Grégoire Trudeau is a highly influential and respected contemporary woman who personifies Nature Canada’s mission to connect more Canadians especially youth and families to nature,” says Ms. Sheefra Brisbin, Nature Canada’s Vice-Chair and Chair of Nature Canada’s Ball. “Having Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau here tonight in partnership with Margaret Atwood and Chantal Kreviazuk—two of Canada’s exemplary public icons—as advocates and role models for the important role nature plays in the lives of families and children highlights the importance of the event for us at Nature Canada,” adds Brisbin.
Ms. Atwood, a founding member of Women for Nature and the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays has recently released her first graphic novel entitled ANGEL CATBIRD in tandem with Nature Canada’s bird conservation efforts.
Ms. Kreviazuk a Canadian singer-songwriter of the adult contemporary music genre and classically trained pianist has recently released Hard Sail, her first solo effort in seven years.
Nature Canada is proud to partner with Canadian Tire, TD Bank Group, Fairmont Hotel and Resorts, Adventure Canada and Cadillac Fairview on its inaugural Nature Ball. Proceeds from the Nature Canada Ball including a spectacular array of live auction items are supporting Nature Canada’s Naturehood program aimed at connecting children to nearby nature. See attached Backgrounder for the list of generously donated auction items.
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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 comprised of 45,000 members and supporters and more than 350 nature organizations across the country with affiliates in every province. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect more than 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat as well as engaging hundreds of thousands of Canadians especially children in nature through its activities.