Langley Environmental Hero Award
The Langley Environmental Hero Award began in 2006 as a way to acknowledge Langley’s grass roots efforts, both big and small, to protect the environment. It is a program offered in partnership with MP for Langley-Aldergove Mark Warawa, MP for Cloverdale-Langley City John Aldag, the Langley Times, Langley Township, City of Langley, The Fort Langley National Historic Site, TD Bank and LEPS.
Nominations are accepted year round, with a link to the nomination form found at the bottom of this page.
The winner of each category will be awarded a prize of $500, to be donated to the local environmental organization of their choice. The winners will also be recognized in June 2016 at the Fort Langley National Historic Site with a plaque and a heritage apple tree planted in their honour.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: MAY 13, 2016
Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group won for their commitment to environmental stewardship and for working to benefit local species and habitats. This organization has conducted studies and awareness campaigns to raise the profile of two at-risk species: the Salish Sucker and the Eulachon. Seyem’ Qwantlen also initiated a study on the Western Painted Turtles in the lower Stave region, and hosted Walking Tours last summer to educate local community members about the sensitive ecology of Fort Langley. Seyem’ Qwantlen is dedicated to environmental stewardship and aims to lead by example.
Gavin Salingre and his sister Aubree, aged 6 and 4, won in the Youth category for caring for the environment through picking up garbage on their street. Every week, Gavin and Aubree are excited to put on their special vests and get out their garbage pickers. There have been times when neighbours would “drop” loonies in the grass for the children to find among the garbage. Adopting their street by regularly picking up bottles and trash has taught the children about the importance of a clean neighbourhood, taking pride in their community, and caring for the earth.
Marlee St. Pierre won in the individual category. Through her work at the Yorkson Creek watershed and her efforts to educate children about nature, Marlee has demonstrated exemplary environmental stewardship and the desire to pass on her skills and knowledge to the next generation of Langley youth. For the past 10 years, Marlee has organized the Young Naturalists afterschool program at James Kennedy Elementary School, which teaches children about nature and the surrounding environment through hands-on learning and information sessions. Marlee has also organized many positive environmental activities at the school, including litterless lunches, Earth Day awareness, and the planting of native tree and shrub species on the school’s grounds.
Youth Category (no nominations)
Two organizations were awarded Environmental Hero Awards in this category: the Arboretum and Botanical Society of Langley won an award for the many hours of work spent enhancing the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.
Roots and Wings Montessori School also won the award for practicing ecological principles and for educating its students about sustainable living.
Dianne Kask is a retired school teacher from Aldergrove and active member of the Betrand Creek Enhancement Society, where she has spent many hours removing invasive species from riparian areas, participated in countless garbage cleanups and tree plantings, and volunteer her time as the coordinator of the Parkside Elementary School environmental club, bringing hands on environmental education opportunities to students.
In his volunteer work with LEPS, Maxime has been involved in clearing brambles, eliminating invasive species and general care of the community garden. He also volunteers at the Raptor Ranch where he performs bird handling, basic medical intervention and falconry. Further, he works with Hives for Humanity to maintain two beehives.
Langley Field Naturalists
The field naturalists have made significant stewardship efforts over the past 33 years including inventory of the Mountainview Crown Lands, inventory of natural areas, yearly garbage clean-ups, adoption of two trails, stewardship of the Hope/Redwoods Conservation area and protection of the Brydon Lagoon.
Other business nominations included: Great Canadian Oil Change, Watchers of Langley Forests, Roots and Wings Montessori School, T&P Trucking Ltd., A Rocha Canada, Coast Spas, McElhanney Consulting Services, and Leo Mitrunen Development Corporation.
Susan was nominated for her efforts to keep local residents and others aware of the need to protect McLellan Forest East. Susan creatively collaborated with poets to produce a series of paintings that depict scenes of the forest echoed in the poetry. All paintings were successfully bid on to benefit the non-profit group Watchers of the Langley Forests (WOLF) in their efforts to save the forest.
Other individual nominations included: Wally Martin, Ruth Stewart, Alice Kennedy, Aaron S. Moron, Susan Hille, David Catzel, Stephanie Captein, Shawna McDowell, Dr. David Clements, Evelyn Faulkner, Lisa Dreves, Shannon Mackenzie, Marilyn Piticco, and Rhys Griffiths.
Congratulations to previous winners and nominees for making such a difference to our environment!
Natal Cicuto, Deven Azavedo, Robert Puls, 1 Fish 2 Fish Sea Food Market, Doug McFee, and Bruce Van Garderen