2014 Recipients

Schools Category - Jeff Aw-yong And The Socials Explorer Program At Sutherland Secondary School

The Explorer Program is an outdoor and environmental program open to all Grade 10 students, offered in the School District only by Sutherland Secondary. Mr. Aw-Yong performs lessons outside of the classroom which help young people reconnect with their natural environment. Outdoor learning makes core subjects relevant and stimulating for the students. The nominee noted, "We are taught to observe and closely appreciate the environment" and to "take nothing but picture and leave nothing but footprints".

Community Group Category - Hub North Shore

HUB North Shore works to increase cycling and cycling safety on the North Shore. Working to develop a new generation of cyclists, HUB delivers cycling skills development and safety instruction to all Grade 4 and 5 students in local schools, as well as with Grade 8 and 9 students at Carson Graham Secondary School. They organize Celebration Stations during Bike to Work Week and also contribute to City of North Vancouver project reviews and relevant public open houses.

Individual Category - Karen Milne

Karen Milne worked tirelessly for the protection and preservation of Mosquito Creek. As an active member of the North Shore Streamkeepers, Karen founded the Mosquito Creek Stewardship Society in the early 1990s, and helped enhance the habitat and raise community awareness of the history and ecological significance of our urban watersheds. Karen's significant efforts helped establish the momentum the led to the implementation of the City's Environmental Protection Program in the late 1990s, and her contributions to Canada and the community resulted in her receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Individual Category - Ken Ashley

Ken Ashley received three nominations for his dedicated work on Mackay Creek, which as one nominee said, brought it from a "dead state to a living creek". Nominees noted his tireless work in raising funds, rallying the community to restore the estuary and his passionate belief in education, outreach and community involvement with youth, First Nations, local organizations, industry and all levels of government. He has successfully accomplished his goal of rehabilitating this estuary to the extent that it is now being navigated by chum and pink salmon and continues his efforts to restore other estuaries on Burrard inlet.

Individual Category - Barry Chillibeck

Barry Chillibeck was also nominated for his work in the Mackay Creek Restoration Project who, alongside Ken Ashley, worked to restore the estuary. Barry was instrumental in securing public and private funding as well as establishing the restoration design. Barry's tireless efforts led to the removal of the concrete weir, installation of large woody debris cluster structures, re-establishing native vegetation (eelgrasses and sedges), invasive plant removal, and wildlife nesting boxes (ospreys and bats).

Individual Category - Terry Bragg

Terry Bragg has been involved in salmon enhancement at Mackay Creek for the last 31 years. Terry, in conjunction with other members of the North Shore Fish and Game Club, built and installed Coho salmon incubation boxes along Mackay Creek. Working with the Department of Fisheries, Terry has been involved in fish trapping studies on the creek and coordinating volunteers in operating the hatchery. He has organized clean-up crews and he does yearly salmon spawning surveys. When the original hatchery washed out due to a major flood in 2003, Terry was the driving force to raise funds to have a new hatchery constructed on Mackay Creek in Heywood Park, and again in 2012 when the hatchery was expanded.

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