The Langley Environmental Partnership Society announced a call for nominations for the tenth annual Environmental Hero Awards on Friday, March 18.
LEPS is organizing the awards in partnership with Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa, the Township of Langley, Fort Langley National Historic Site, Metro Vancouver, and TD Canada Trust Willowbrook branch manager Gary Aulakh, among others.
“This year is a milestone for the Langley Environmental Hero Awards,” said Warawa in a press release. “For 10 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, the nominations committee has been expanded to include more community leaders.
Some of the new members include Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag and the City of Langley.
“The LEHA [Langley Environmental Hero Awards] are an opportunity to acknowledge the community contributions and environmental efforts of Langley residents and businesses,” said Nicole Marples, LEPS executive director, in an email.
“These awards are important for the community, as Langley has a strong base of citizens taking action towards sustainability in ways big and small … and it’s important to recognize these efforts and showcase them in hopes of compelling even more environmental action in Langley.”
The awards include three categories – group or business, youth and individual – and last year’s winners were the Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group, for conducting studies and raising awareness of two at-risk fish species: the Salish Sucker and the Eulachon; Gavin and Aubree Salingre, aged six and four, respectively, for environmental caretaking through picking up garbage on their street every week; and Marlee St. Pierre for organizing the Young Naturalists afterschool program teaching young children about nature through hands-on learning and information sessions.
This year’s winners will be announced on June 11 at the Fort Langley Natural Historic Site, where they will be acknowledged with a plaque and a heritage apple tree planted in their honour.
Langley residents can submit their nominations from now until May 13 by requesting a form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and then submitting it to the same email address, or by faxing 604-534-5970.
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