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Call for Nominations: 2022 Nature Inspiration Awards

Detail of a maquette of a steel sculpture of an iceberg, by Bill Lishman.

Accepting Nominations

New deadline: June 6

Nature Inspiration Awards: $5000 prize for individuals and organizations. About nominations.

Recognizing Canada’s nature leaders

Ottawa, April 12, 2022 – It’s time to recognize Canada’s nature leaders through nominations for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s national Nature Inspiration Awards. Since 2014, this annual awards program has been celebrating the achievements of adults, youth, not-for-profits and businesses that are connecting Canadians with nature and providing leadership for a sustainable future.    

This year’s submission deadline is May 27, 2022, with nomination forms available at nature.ca/awards.

Previous nominees and winners have included youth or adults who initiate change through community action, teaching, and advocacy; not-for-profits that inspire Canadians through outreach and hands-on experiences with nature and the environment; leaders who mobilize communities to appreciate the importance of nature in their lives and its connections to a sustainable society; and businesses that create sustainable products and promote sustainable practices.  

“These awards inspire us with innovative examples of the ways that Canadians are taking action to show the value of nature in our lives,” says Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. “We look forward to recognizing their projects through this year’s nominations, with the hope that their stories can inspire others to take steps towards a sustainable future.”

The categories for the 2022 awards include youth (aged 17 and younger), adults (aged 18 and up), large not-for profits, small-to-medium not-for-profits, as well as categories for sustainable businesses, and for community action. A Lifetime Achievement recipient will be selected by the jury.                                                                                  

Nominations should stress specific projects that show leadership and innovation, rather than just an overview of an organization’s mandate or an individual’s list of accomplishments. Winners receive $5,000, which they “pay it forward” by donating the prize money to another nature-related cause or organization.

A gala to celebrate the finalists and announce the winners will be held November 23, 2022. The awards are supported by media partners The Globe and Mail and The Walrus. Category sponsors are Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for the Not-for-Profit Award, small to medium, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for the Youth Award, Meta for the Sustainable Business Award, and NASCO Building Cleaning Inc. for the Community Action Award.

For more information, email awards@nature.ca. Videos about each of the 2021 winners can be viewed at nature.ca/awards.

The 2021 winners include:

  • Lisa Mintz, a community organizer from Montreal, Quebec, for advocacy in spearheading  conservation and protection of urban greenspaces;
  • Autumn Peltier, a teen in Ottawa, Ontario, for activism about access to clean water in First Nations communities;
  • SmartICE, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, for integrating traditional knowledge with technology in Arctic communities to monitor changes in sea-ice;
  • The Canadian Wildlife Federation, in Ottawa, for its national Wild Outside program that motivates youth to connect with nature in urban communities;
  • Sustainable clothing manufacturer and retailer tentree, in Vancouver, British Columbia, for its innovative approach to incorporating the planting of trees into its business model;
  • The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society, in Enderby, British Columbia, for its volunteer-led educational programs about salmon conservation; and
  • Ken Jewett, from the rural community of Mulmur, Ontario, for philanthropy and nature advocacy towards the revival of native Canadian maples.

About the Canadian Museum of Nature
Saving the world through evidence, knowledge and inspiration! The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, a 14.6-million specimen collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, nature.ca.                                                                                                                                

Information for media:
Dan Smythe
Head, Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613.698.9253 (cell)
dsmythe@nature.ca

John Swettenham
Vice-President, Marketing and Public Affairs
Canadian Museum of Nature
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jswettenham@nature.ca