Nature Canada welcomes New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau as its newest member of Women for Nature
Hampton High School student Olivia DesRoches to receive Young Women for Nature Award for her nature leadership on Hampton High School’s 25th anniversary year.
HAMPTON, NB (September 20, 2017) — Nature Canada, Canada’s oldest national nature conservation charity, is hosting a celebration in partnership with Hampton High School to recognize and welcome the Honourable Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick as its newest member of Women for Nature initiative.
“Nature Canada is delighted Her Honour, The Honourable Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick has become our newest Women for Nature,” says Mr. Bob Peart, Chair of Nature Canada’s Board of Directors. “Having Her Honour, as a champion and role model for the important role nature plays in our Canadian culture and identity will help to inspire even more young Canadians to connect with nature and protect our natural heritage.”
The celebration also includes a presentation of Nature Canada’s inaugural “Young Women for Nature” award to Hampton High School student Olivia DesRoches. Olivia is being recognized for her initiative and leadership to build and run a school greenhouse aimed at bringing the knowledge of cultivating fruits and vegetables, flowers to fellow high school students. (Media are invited to attend the celebration at Hampton High School on Sept. 21, 2017 at 11:30am)
“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,” says the Honourable Senator Diane Griffin. “Young nature leaders like Olivia and her project are a step in the right direction to enable more young Canadians to connect with nature and our precious wildlife and habitats,” adds Griffin.
“The Greenhouse Project has been a dream of mine for a while now, and now my dream is coming true,” says Olivia DesRoches. “My hope is that this project will give fellow students more insight into the importance of locally grown food as well as help to educate them on environmental needs to make the Earth more sustainable,” adds DesRoches.
Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative brings together women of influence who choose to demonstrate their passion for nature and drive change. One way they do so is to empower emerging young nature leaders. The initiative recently selected the first recipients of its exciting new Young Nature Leadership Grant aimed at encouraging, fostering and nurturing youth to demonstrate their own leadership for nature.
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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 50,000 members and supporters and more than 350 nature organizations across the country. 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.
Nature Canada‘s signature “Women for Nature” initiative raises awareness about the need to connect more Canadians of all ages to nature. The Women for Nature initiative is comprised of women from diverse sectors and backgrounds who come together to champion the importance of nature in the daily lives of all Canadians and to encourage more Canadians to connect with nature. Our founding members include women of influence such as Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, Senator Diane Griffin (Honorary Chair of Women for Nature), Minister Catherine McKenna and Margaret Atwood to name a few. Our members champion efforts to inspire youth and families to spend time in nature, to learn and experience our natural heritage and in doing so, ensure the health and well-being of our Canadian society.