The Environmental Achievement Awards was started in 2004 and recognizes volunteers and educators who lead environmental sustainability initiatives and work to promote, preserve and enhance Coquitlam’s natural environment.
Nominations are made for individuals or groups who volunteer or go above and beyond in the areas of environmental conservation/protection, environmental education/public awareness, environmental sustainability and habitat enhancement/rehabilitation.
A sample of volunteer actions and projects from previous years includes: shoreline cleanups, litter cleanups, salmon habitat restoration, storm drain marking, nest box maintenance, guided public hikes, pollinator gardens, educational events, invasive plant removal and stewardship activities. Eligible volunteers and organizations can also nominate themselves.
Jemma’s curiosity and exploration of the environment has inspired others with her efforts in sustainability by: protecting native species; planting a home garden; involvement in the Tree Restoration Project and Trail project at R.C. MacDonald School; and in sharing her passion with peers.
Adam’s creativity and dedication in developing the educational mobile game, Find the Birds, has engaged and inspired others. The platform has reached thousands of people across British Columbia and beyond, raising awareness on conservation and the environment. Adam’s game has been very influential and demonstrates his strong leadership skills within the community.
Shelley is recognized for her extensive hours of volunteer services within the community to help protect and preserve the environment. A distinguished member of the community, she often goes above and beyond in work with the Maple Creek Watershed Streamkeepers Society. Her enthusiasm, cheerfulness and a willingness to jump in and get hands dirty is an inspiration to others.
Hariette is recognized for educating and engaging students and encouraging positive change through Real Acts of Caring. Inspiring children and youth to promote kindness to others and the environment without the expectation of anything in return is honourable. Her passion and dedication has encouraged students across British Columbia to get involved in this movement.
The Vanier Conservation and Habitat Project educates and engages students and encourages environmental stewardship within the community. This project allows students to get involved by bringing a hands-on approach to learning by working collectively and as individuals, to cultivate a habitat space that will continue to inspire and engage present and future generations. It is a space that sparks creativity, imagination and curiosity.
The Immigrant Link Centre Society is honoured for their extensive hours of volunteering, providing assistance to those in need and diverting as much food waste as possible. “From Pollution to Solution” project has helped ensure that thousands of people do not go hungry while promoting environmental stewardship, by diverting food from our landfills, saving resources, energy, time and money. Their charity has become invaluable to so many people in the community.
Marion Hamm inspires and and promotes creativity and curiosity in the classroom. By raising salmon for over 20 years, she has educated and engaged students to learn about various salmon species, their habitat and how we interact with their ecosystems. This has cultivated a passion and enthusiasm within the community to protect and respect local streams.