SURREY, BC, May 12 /CNW/ - Competition was intense as students from the
Interior, Okanagan and Nanaimo squared off at the 2009 Terasen Gas
Environmental Mind Grind playoffs held on May 8 in Lake Country.
"We're very impressed with all of the students who competed this year,"
said Ruth Sulentich, Community Relations Manager, Terasen Gas. "Conservation
is such an important habit and way of life that students are embracing. With
this knowledge, students are able to teach the conservation message to friends
Leading up to these playoffs, 113 school teams comprising 422 students
competed in regional competitions; the regional event winners squared off at
this past weekend's championships. Students came out to display their
environmental stewardship and compete for the championship, scholarships and
Finalists from Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops and Nanaimo competed
on Friday. The following teams won first place in their overall categories:
- Home Learners of Penticton - elementary school
- Okanagan Mission Secondary School from Kelowna - middle school
- Team 2 from Rutland Secondary School in Kelowna - high school
As the title sponsor, Terasen Gas began a new tradition last year,
awarding each member of the winning high school team $1,000 for post secondary
education, and each member of the runner- up high school team a $300 bursary.
Committed to fostering a sense of environmental responsibility among
youth, the Mind Grind is organized by Environmental Education partners from
the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan, City of Kamloops,
Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and the
North Okanagan Regional District.
"All the games were really close and fast-paced," said Tracy Guidi,
Environmental Technician from the City of Kelowna and one of the event
organizers. "The games were exciting to watch, but probably most amazing was
the amount of environmental information these kids learned. I think all the
adults watching the games were in awe."
The Mind Grind is a game show style trivia contest that brings together
students from elementary, middle and high school and promotes responsible
environmental stewardship. Teams of students from Grades 4 to 12 sign up in
January and work with their teachers learning from specially prepared study
packages covering many topics including: waste reduction, energy conservation,
air quality, transportation demand management, forestry health, species and
spaces, water conservation and watershed health.
Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and
Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries
of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in
Canada, serves more than two million gas and electric customers and has total
assets exceeding $11 billion. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and
electric utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries.
Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada
and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial
real estate in Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be
accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
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