Growing Great Places Together

2021 Claudette Savaria Bursary recipients

This year’s first recipient is Carrie McDonald:  Carrie is enrolled in the Environmental Field Technician Co-op and Laboratory program at Niagara College. Through this program she will be able to learn about hydrology, microbiology, toxicology, environmental resource issues, and monitoring air quality. In the future, she hopes to use this knowledge gained from her academics and her community involvement to pursue a career in the environmental sector. As part of her high school education, she completed a coop placement at Rondeau Park where she volunteered over 220 hours at the Visitors Centre helping with activities such as habitat assessments and tending gardens.  She has also volunteered for Me-to-We’s Halloween for Hunger in Chatham, Rondeau’s annual Monarch Festival, Niagara’s BioBlitz Fall Cleanup, and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s annual Realty Park tree planting in St. Catharines.

The second recipient is Abriella Young:  Abriella is in her third year at Queen’s University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Environmental Science, specializing in Environmental Biology. Her interest in the environmental field was sparked by her father who owns and operates an organic regenerative farm on Vancouver Island, BC. From a young age she was shown firsthand the beauty of horticulture, agriculture, and what it means to put in a hard day’s work. The importance of cultivating an ecosystem in which all components may thrive – from soil, to vegetation, to wildlife, is a value passed down to her which she has now dedicated her education and career path to. Her volunteer work includes acting as an executive member of Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC) where herself and a team of others pushed for a transition at Queen’s University to a greener school, including waste mitigation, divesting from fossil fuels, and protecting biodiversity in Canada. Most recently, she ran a “Get Out and Clean Up” campaign to encourage students to engage their communities in a natural-space garbage pickup.

Congratulations Carrie and Abriella, wishing you continued success in your future projects!

The Value of Green Spaces in Society

Established in 2005, the Communities in Bloom Foundation mission is to provide information and education on the environmental, social and economic benefits of green spaces. The Foundation is dedicated to funding, developing and disseminating education and awareness to a wide audience on the value, improvement, importance and sustainable development of green spaces and natural environment in Canadian society.

All those involved in the Communities in Bloom program have witnessed the benefits of green spaces in our communities: we wish to demonstrate and provide the information to all communities throughout Canada