For Immediate Release
November 18, 2019

Community Groups and Individuals Recognized for Environmental Work

 
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, five environmental awards were presented to New Brunswick citizens and groups in honor of exemplary service to their community.

The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance was honoured with the Samaqan Award for their continuing efforts to protect and restore freshwater habitat in the Petitcodiac and Memramcook River watersheds through science, education, and community engagement. The Samaquan Award is given to a group or individual who has dedicated their efforts to the waters and the species that inhabit the waters.

The Phoenix Award was presented to Symbiose, the student environmental group at Université de Moncton, for the mobilisation not only of students but of the Greater Moncton community in solidarity with the global climate movement. The Phoenix Award is given to a group or individual who has dedicated their efforts to policies and legislation and has been through "the fire".

The Gaia Award was presented to Megan de Graaf, Forest Ecologist with Community Forests International, for her deep understanding of the connection between people and forests, for her dedication to building rural capacity for the conservation and restoration of the Acadian Forest, and for doing so with great care, curiosity, and respect. The Gaia Award is given to a group or individual who has dedicated their efforts to the earth and the species that inhabit the earth.

EOS Eco-Energy was honoured with the Zephyr Award for their community leadership and on-going efforts to empower local solutions to climate change in the Tantramar-Memramcook region. The Zephyr Award is given to a group or individual who has dedicated their efforts to the air and the species that inhabit the air.

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick was presented with a special award in recognition of their 50 years of environmental action and leadership in New Brunswick.

The awards were presented during the New Brunswick Environmental Network’s annual meeting, Eco-Confluence, which was held in Fredericton over the weekend. Each year, significant efforts by citizens and citizen groups toward the protection and restoration of New Brunswick’s environment are recognized at a special awards ceremony.

The New Brunswick Environmental Network is a non-profit communications network of over 110 citizens’ environmental groups from across the province. The goal of the Network is to encourage networking and collaboration among groups and between groups, government, and other sectors.

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Awards Winners NBEN 2019
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