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Jun 25, 2018 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Honours Environmental Volunteers

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 25, 2018 – The City of Coquitlam held its fourteenth Environmental Achievement Award celebration on Sunday, June 24 recognizing community volunteers who excel in the areas of conservation, public awareness, environmental education, habitat enhancement and sustainable living.

In addition, the award recipients show initiative and leadership while volunteering for projects that have long-term environmental benefits for the community.

2018 Environmental Achievement Award Winners

The City of Coquitlam would like to thank and acknowledge the recipients of the 2018 awards:

  • Youth Award – Alice and Lucy Young (ages 3 & 5) have picked up litter off the street with their family through the City's Adopt-a-Street program as well as raised nearly $2,000 for the BC SPCA on National Cupcake Day.
  • Adult Individual Award – David Mounteney has been an active environmental volunteer in the Tri-Cities for over 25 years as a member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, Friends of the Deboville Slough and the Hyde Creek Watershed Society. He has been instrumental in creating a Japanese Knotweed control program for Deboville Slough, significantly reducing the spread of this invasive species.
  • Adult Group Award – The Razzaghi-Mivehchi family have been active members of the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable since emigrating from Iran in 2012 and settling in Coquitlam. Their work includes making the new watershed planning process more accessible by translating it into Persian.
  • Lifetime Achievement Individual Award – Kiyoshi Takahashi has been an active volunteer in the Tri-Cities for more than 25 years and is a legend in local environmental circles. His work has included monitoring, maintaining and installing nest boxes for the Purple Martin, Swallow and Kestrels at Colony Farm, Deboville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. He is also a leader in bat condo construction and monitoring.
  • Lifetime Achievement Group Award – The Watershed Watch Salmon Society has a provincial focus but Coquitlam is the organization’s home base and they have been exposing threats to salmon and their habitats, calling for conservation action, and promoting solutions for 20 years. A Founding member of the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable, their local efforts include working with the Kwikwetlem First Nation as science advisors on riparian habitat restoration, habitat compensation, and the Kwikwetlem Salmon Restoration Program.
  • Certificate of Appreciation Individual – Cam Aronetz has been a generous volunteer at the Family Fishing Day at Lafarge Lake for a number of years.
  • Certificate of Appreciation Group – The Hoy-Scott Watershed Society serve as the host with the City for the annual Salmon Leave Home and Salmon Come Home events at Hoy Creek Hatchery, helping Hoy and Scott Creeks’ watersheds remain shining natural jewels.

Environmental Volunteer Opportunities
More than 20 Coquitlam groups and hundreds of volunteers take on projects year-round that support the environment. To get a sample of the great work they do, check out our recent video at https://youtu.be/3VVoiYqlTqg.

Residents with an interest in the environment are encouraged to sign up as a City volunteer to take part in activities such as invasive plant removal, tree planting, helping at environmental events, and wearing the City’s bear and salmon mascot costumes (information at www.coquitlam.ca/volunteer).

Individuals or groups interested in taking responsibility for a section of Coquitlam’s trail system are invited to sign up for the Adopt-A-Trail program (information at www.coquitlam.ca/adoptatrail).

For more information about the City’s environmental activities, visit www.coquitlam.ca/environment.

Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager Environmental Services
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3536
swarriner@coquitlam.ca

 

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