COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR TENTH ANNUAL LANGLEY ENVIRONMENTAL HERO AWARDS

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arch 08, 2016

Langley—Aldergrove, BC— Today, only a few days before the first day of spring, Langley—Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa joined other members of the 2016 Langley Environmental Hero Nominations Committee in calling for nominations for the tenth annual Environmental Hero awards. All Langley residents are invited to submit nominations before the May 13th deadline.

“This year is a milestone for the Langley Environmental Hero Awards,” said Warawa. “For ten years we have highlighted the important work of those who give their time and energy to promote environmental stewardship in Langley. Since its inception, well over a hundred Langley residents or organizations have been nominated and recognized for their contributions to our community. This year, on the tenth anniversary of the awards, we are especially pleased to invite all Langley residents to nominate their Environmental Hero.”

This year, winners will be announced on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Fort Langley National Historic Site, and will be acknowledged with a plaque and a heritage apple tree to be planted in their honour. The three categories include: youth, individual, and group or business.

This year’s nominations committee has been expanded to include more community leaders who encourage environmental stewardship in Langley. The new members include Cloverdale—Langley City MP, John Aldag, and the City of Langley. Members of the committee who have been involved with the awards in previous years and continue to lend their support are: Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), Fort Langley National Historic Site, The Langley Times, TD Canada Trust Branch Manager Gary Aulakh (Willowbrook branch), and Langley—Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa.

Members of the 2016 Environmental Hero Nominations Committee added their voices of support for this award.

Nichole Marples, Executive Director of Langley Environmental Partners Society, said, “Langley is so fortunate to have such an active citizenry contributing their time to make our community a better place, through efforts big and small, for the benefit of our environment. The Langley Environmental Hero Awards provide the opportunity to recognize these efforts and hopefully inspire others to follow suit!”

The Langley Times publisher Jean Hincks said, “The Langley Times is proud to once again be a partner in this initiative, which makes a positive difference for the environment.”

“TD is committed to being an environmental leader by reducing its operational impact and being a sustainable and responsible business as we grow,” said TD Branch Manager Gary Aulakh. “We consider the environment in everything we do – it shapes how we operate and who we are as an organization.”

“For ten years, these awards have been presented in Langley to recognize the local heroes who make a difference in our community by protecting the environment we all share,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. “When it comes to ensuring the health of our greenspaces, waterways, and wildlife habitat, every effort counts. We are thrilled to once again recognize the people and businesses who are protecting this exceptional community and the world around us for years to come.”

“The City of Langley continually works with environmental leaders in our local community, and looks forward to celebrating key individuals and businesses who have made a positive difference through grass roots efforts, both big and small, to protect the environment,” said City of Langley Mayor Ted Schaffer.

Cloverdale MP John Aldag, said: “Ensuring the health of our environment has played an important role in my life for many years.  I am excited to be part of this year’s award process and look forward to learning more about the work of people and businesses in Langley who are also stewards of our environment.”

Quick Facts:

  • Nominations for the 2016 Environmental Hero Awards will close on May 13, 2016.
  • Nominations will include three categories: youth, (adult) individual, and group/business.
  • Winners will be recognized on June 11, 2016 at the Fort Langley National Historic Site with a plaque and a heritage apple tree planted in their honour.
  • Request a form at: langleyenvironmentalhero@gmail.com
  • Forms may be submitted electronically to langleyenvironmentalhero@gmail.com, by fax (604-534-5970), as well as in person or by mail at the following addresses:
    • Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), 201 – 4839 221 St, Langley BC V3A 2P1
    • Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave, Ft Langley BC V1M 2R5
    • The Langley Times, 20258 Fraser Highway Langley, BC V3A 4E6
    • TD, Willowbrook Branch, 19711 Willowbrook Dr, Langley BC V2Y 2T6
    • Township of Langley, 20338 65 Ave, Langley BC V2Y 3J1
    • City of Langley, 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley BC V3A 4B3
    • MP John Aldag, 5-19211 Fraser Hwy, Surrey BC V3S 7C9 (no postage necessary

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BACKGROUND

As citizens of our great country, it is our responsibility to be good stewards of the land that we are so fortunate to live in. These awards were created to celebrate the difference that environmental heroes make and to remind us all of the need to work together to protect a beautiful, abundant environment. Thank you to all Langley residents who take pride in our community by working to protect the environment.

If you know someone who has done something positive for the environment, we’d like to hear about it. If you are a Langley residents, please download the form and nominate a Langley youth, adult, business or organization for the 2016 Environmental Hero Awards. Nominations will be accepted until May 6, 2016.

2015 LANGLEY ENVIRONMENTAL HERO AWARDS

June 08, 2015

On Saturday June 6, 2015 the 2015 Langley Environmental Hero Nominations Committee recognized this year’s Environmental Heroes with the planting of a heritage apple tree at Fort Langley National Historic Site. A bronze plaque will be cemented this summer near the newly planted tree to mark their outstanding contributions. 

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.

In the Business/Organization category, 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 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.

Each winner took the time to share their thoughts on the importance of preserving the environment. Gavin and Aubree spoke about the importance of cleaning up garbage to the environment. “All the garbage on the ground is not good for the earth, cleaning it helps the earth and keeps it happy,” said Gavin.  “Cleaning up garbage helps the animals on the earth,” Aubree added. 

Ashley Doyle, representing Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group, said: “Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group has embarked on a number of initiatives in Kwantlen First Nation Territory, including the Township of Langley, that enhance and bring awareness to local species at risk and critical habitats. We will continue with work that protects our environment for the benefit of all people living in Langley and for our future generations, hay čxʷ q̓a.” She was joined by a councillor and elders of Kwantlen First Nations.

Marlee St. Pierre, winner of the Individual category, said: “The clean, wild streams and forests of Langley are of vital importance to our quality of life and the existence of wild animals, like salmon. They are also an essential part of biodiversity and our cultural heritage. I am driven to do what I can in my daily life – at home and as a teacher – to make sure our environment will be there for the enjoyment of my family and for all of Langley’s children, both now and for the future.”

Following a nomination process, the Environmental Heroes were chosen by a nominations committee, made of representatives from each of the sponsoring organizations: Sarah Atherton, Interim Executive Director of Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS); Mike Starr, Manager of Visitor Services at Ft. Langley National Historic Site of Canada; Frank Bucholtz, Editor of The Langley Times; Gary Aulakh, TD Canada Trust Branch Manager (Willowbrook branch); Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese; and Langley Member of Parliament Mark Warawa. At the ceremony, Stephen Dicks, Acting Manager, represented Fort Langley National Historic Site, Sarah Scuor, Manager of Financial Services, represented TD Canada Trust; and Councillor Charlie Fox represented the Township of Langley as Acting Mayor.

The Langley Environmental Hero Award began in 2006 as a way to recognize Langley’s grassroots efforts, big and small, to protect the environment. It quickly became clear that environmental stewardship in Langley is an issue which people are passionate about.  Nominations have since expanded to honour environmental initiatives by individuals, youth and businesses or organizations.

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