Canadian Environment Awards Announces Winners for 2007



    MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environment Awards tonight hosted a
gala evening at the Montréal Science Centre to recognize the 2007 winners of
its annual celebration of environmental achievement. One of Canadian
Environment Week's major events, the Canadian Environment Awards celebrates
the commitment of Canadians who are helping to protect, preserve and restore
the country's environment. The evening was hosted by Charles Tisseyre, host of
Radio-Canada's "Découverte." Representatives from local, provincial and
federal governments were on hand to congratulate the winners.
    The Community Awards is the flagship program of the Canadian Environment
Awards and honours individuals and groups of Canadians chosen from more than
120 nominations submitted by the Canadian public. Gold and Silver winners in
six categories of the Community Awards were announced tonight (see below).
Gisèle Jacob, president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Clive
Mather, president and CEO of Shell Canada, lead corporate sponsor of the
Canadian Environment Awards, presented the Gold and Silver recipients with
prizes of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, which they will donate to the
environmental cause of their choice. All winners also received framed plaques
expressly designed for the Canadian Environment Awards by Canada Post.
    "For the past six years, the Canadian Environment Awards has celebrated
exceptional individuals and groups who are working to develop sustainable
strategies to protect Canada's biodiversity," said Paula Prociuk Blacklock,
managing director of the Canadian Environment Awards. "This year, all
Canadians have come to recognize the importance of the environment, and in
that context, the program has truly come of age. Our winners' stories will
resonate from coast to coast. As Canada's original environmental publication,
Canadian Geographic is honoured to showcase the achievements and leadership of
these extraordinary Canadians, who are an inspiration to the rest of the
country."
    The Citation of Lifetime Achievement 2007 was presented to biologist,
adventurer and film director and producer Jean Lemire, who also delivered the
evening's keynote address. Fast becoming one of Canada's most influential
environmental ambassadors, Lemire has dedicated the past 20 years to forging a
new model for environmental activism, one which mixes adventure with ecology
in compelling documentary films that have been seen by millions of viewers
around the world. His historic expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic
have enlightened international audiences about the threats these unique
ecosystems face from climate change.
    The Ideas for Life Award, created to recognize environmental action
demonstrated through the arts, entertainment and design, was given to TOHU, la
Cité des arts du cirque. Employing the same ingenuity that has made Quebec the
world leader in circus arts, TOHU is a sustainable "green" home for circus
arts in Canada, an environmental learning centre and the anchor project for
the revitalization of Montréal's Saint-Michel neighbourhood.
    St. Jude School, Longueuil (Borough of Greenfield Park), Quebec, and
Riverside Secondary School, Windsor, Ontario, were honoured as the Junior and
Senior Gold Award winners of The Green Team Challenge, the Canadian
Environment Awards' youth initiative. Each received a $2,500 prize in support
of their project.

    The Canadian Environment Awards is a partnership among Canadian
Geographic Enterprises, the Government of Canada and Shell Canada. The
Canadian Environment Awards 2007 is supported by 14 Canadian corporations.
Shell Canada sponsors the Community Awards; Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.
sponsors the Citation of Lifetime Achievement; TD Bank Financial Group
sponsors The Green Team Challenge; and Panasonic Canada sponsors the Ideas for
Life Award.

    Photographs of the Canadian Environment Awards 2007 gala and profiles of
each of this year's winners are available at www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea.


    GOLD AND SILVER COMMUNITY AWARDS WINNERS 2007

    CLIMATE CHANGE
    Gold: Clean Air Foundation, Car Heaven; Toronto, Ontario
    Silver: Conseil régional de l'environnement de l'Estrie, sustainable
transportation program; Sherbrooke, Quebec
    Silver: Stuart Hickox, Project Porchlight; Ottawa, Ontario

    CONSERVATION
    Gold: Mike James and Kathleen Martin, Nova Scotia Leatherback Turtle
Working Group; Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Silver: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society/Yukon Chapter, Three Rivers
Journey; Whitehorse, Yukon
    Silver: Native Orchid Conservation Inc., protectors of mini-ecosystems
and their plant communities; Winnipeg, Manitoba

    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
    Gold: Nunavik Research Centre, Inuit-managed environmental-health
facility; Kuujjuaq, Quebec
    Silver: Lac La Biche Watershed Steering Committee, community-based
water-quality champions; Lakeland County, Alberta
    Silver: Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium Inc., multi-stakeholder
research and education group; Gimli, Manitoba

    ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING
    Gold: Humber Arm Environmental Association, Trading Books for Boats;
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
    Silver: Lucie Sauvé, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education;
Montréal, Quebec
    Silver: Jim Taylor, founder of the E-Team; Mission, British Columbia

    RESTORATION & REHABILITATION
    Gold: Nile Creek Enhancement Society, salmon-habitat restoration project;
Bowser, British Columbia
    Silver: Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, community creek restoration
group; Sudbury, Ontario
    Silver: Tree Canada, foundation dedicated to planting trees throughout
Canada; Ottawa, Ontario

    SUSTAINABLE LIVING
    Gold: Eco-quartier Jeanne-Mance/Mile End, Tourne-Sol Community Composting
Centre; Montréal, Quebec
    Silver: Community Environment Alliance of Peel, Share-IT: Computers for
Community; Brampton, Ontario
    Silver: George McCubbin, advocate for eco-efficiencies in multi-unit
residences; Lindsay, Ontario


    THE GREEN TEAM CHALLENGE 2007

    JUNIOR
    St. Jude School, Longueuil (borough of Greenfield Park), Quebec
    A class discussion on climate change launched St. Jude School's dynamic
anti-idling campaign. In addition to engaging in public protests, the students
created posters and fact sheets and hosted information kiosks at a local mall
to better educate the public about greenhouse-gas emissions. Closer to home,
the initiative influenced the behaviour of parents, teachers and school-board
administrators, resulting in an anti-idling directive being issued to the
company that provides bus service to 22 regional schools.

    SENIOR
    Riverside Secondary School, Windsor, Ontario
    With the aim of inspiring positive environmental choices among students
and staff, the EcoSchools committee of Riverside Secondary School has tackled
a wide range of initiatives that include energy conservation, waste
minimization, community clean-ups, tree-planting projects and Earth Day
activities. The committee hosted its first annual Environmental Leadership
Summit in May and is currently working on a plan to transform its school
grounds into a naturalized landscape.

    CITATION OF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2007
    Jean Lemire; biologist, adventurer and film director and producer;
Montréal, Quebec

    IDEAS FOR LIFE AWARD 2007
    TOHU, la Cité des arts du cirque; sustainable centre for circus arts and
environmental learning centre; Montréal, Quebec

    For complete details on the Canadian Environment Awards 2007, visit
www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea.




For further information:

For further information: Diane Chaperon-Lor, Public Relations Manager,
Canadian Environment Awards, Telephone: (416) 653-0849, Cellphone: (416)
788-8271, E-mail: chaperonlor@canadiangeographic.ca

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