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The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to announce the creation of a new annual award recognizing the outstanding contributions of an individual or organization who strives to create community and build relationships among the environmental groups of Canada.

The inaugural Environmental Community Organization Award (ECO-Award) was presented during the 2012 Environmental Association of Canada Award at the University of Waterloo on May 31, 2012, to Kira Jade Cooper, a Masters of Environmental Sciences student in the Faculty of the Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo and an ESAC Board Member.

Ms. Cooper inspired the creation of this award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to organizing and facilitating to the 2012 ESAC conference, and of her prowess in bringing together several different environmentally-focused groups and organizations through this conference: the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM); the Community of Practice in Ecosystems Approaches to Health, Ontario Node (CoPEH-Ontario); and the Moving our Understanding (MOU) gathering of Environmental Studies programs in Canada.

“Kira worked tirelessly to ensure the successful gathering of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada this year at Congress,” explained Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, one of the ESAC Board Members, during her presentation of the award to Ms. Cooper. “She worked fiercely and enthusiastically, and displayed saint-like patience in attending to all the details, small and large. She was inspiring in pursuit of connecting the environmental community of Canada together through this conference, and throughout it all, was an absolute joy to work with. ESAC 2012 certainly would not have been a success without her passion and dedication.”

Please join us in congratulation Kira Jade Cooper on this much-deserved award, and for inspiring what is sure to be the beginning of a wonderful Environmental Studies Association of Canada award and tradition.

Applications and nominations for the 2013 Environmental Community Organization Award (ECO-Award) will be due on Friday, March 29th, 2013. Forms will be on the ESAC website (www.esac.ca) and sent out through the ESAC listserv (ESAC-L) in early January 2013. Applications are encouraged from individuals and/or organizations that have contributed substantially to the creation of community, cohesion, and networking among the environmental studies groups of Canada. The winner of the ECO-Award will be announced during the 2013 ESAC conference at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada.

2 Responses to “Announcing a new Environmental Studies Association of Canada Award!”

  1. Barry Johnson says:

    Kira in 2011 at the Frederickton Conference and again in 2012 at the Waterloo Conference was the most helpful and friendly person one could wish to meet. I vote she becomes the permanent liason for all of these conferences.
    Keep up the good work Kira.

  2. Marcia Ruby says:

    Thanks, Barry, for your kind note about our esteemed colleague. Kira raised the bar to a very high degree. ESAC was so pleased to collaborate with EECOM, CoPEH-Ontario and MOU, and we were very lucky to have a colleague who was able to step up and make this happen at Congress2012.

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