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Activists honoured

Nelson Daily News - 04.18.08
By Timothy Schafer

Jon Steinman, Gary Diers, Michael Jessen and Andre Piver head up the list of nominees for the West Kootenay EcoSociety environmental awards.

The host of Kootenay Co-op Radio's Deconstructing Dinner, the Argenta environmentalist, the Nelson Daily News' columnist and the organizer of the Future of Food in the Kootenays are just some of the people who have been selected for the awards.

All have made an exceptional contribution to the environment, said Lee-Ann Unger, society coordinator, in the areas of resource recovery, community activism, wilderness protection and education.

The gala awards will take place this Saturday, 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion.

Dozens of award nominations were narrowed down to 21 people in four categories, Unger said.

"Although only one individual from each category will take home one of the beautiful artist-made trophies, these awards are about honouring all the nominees for their work, their commitment, their passion and their role modeling," she said.

The nominees are:

Resource recovery: Shemmaho Jephi Sioux (Slocan Valley), Tracey Saxby (Rossland), Christoph Martens (Nelson), Colleen Matte (Nelson) and Scott Dempsey (Nelson).

Community activist: Jennifer Yeow (Passmore), Walter Volovsek (Castlegar), carol Pettigrew (Blueberry), Freya Shaw (Nelson), Carl Jacks (Nelson) and Andre Piver (Nelson).

Wilderness protector: Suzy Hamilton (North Shore), Gary Diers (Argenta), Patrick Pyrz (Incomappleux), Eloise Charet (New Denver), Grant Trower (Howser) and Stephan Martineau (Slocan Valley).

Educator: Nancie Dohan (Nelson), Monica Nissen (Nelson), Michael Jessen (Balfour) and Jon Steinman (Nelson).

The society will also be presenting a lifetime achievement award to a West Kootenay resident in recognition of their significant contribution to environmental conservation.

Tickets for the gala cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. They are available at the society office at 4-373 Baker Street.


$10 in advance

$12 at the door

Tickets available at the EcoSociety office at 4-373 Baker Street

(Copyright 2008 Nelson Daily News)


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