CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2012) - Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) ambassador, Olympic gold medallist and five-time Canadian champion Jon Montgomery surprised students today at Royal Oak School with in-person congratulations for being NEWALTA Wetland Heroes. Two years ago the school adopted a neighborhood wetland as an outdoor learning space for students. Not only did students enjoy exploring their environment and learning about conservation, but they took action to protect this natural area.
"When we opened Royal Oak School in 2010, we did so under the theme of a picture book titled "Imagine a Place". I'm not sure that any of us at that time fully imagined this local wetland would emerge as such an engaging outdoor classroom for our students to explore and that it would create such authentic learning opportunities for the entire school community," said Scott MacNeil, Royal Oak School principal. "The recognition we've received today is a credit to the meaningful work of our staff, students, volunteers and community partners."
DUC national education staff and representatives from the Calgary Board of Education joined political dignitaries at a special event this morning at Royal Oak School where Newalta presented the first ever NEWALTA Wetland Heroes Award of Merit. Royal Oak School received a plaque and $500 cheque to continue their conservation efforts.
"As an organization focused on maintaining a clean environment, it is a natural fit for Newalta to partner with Ducks Unlimited," said Peter Dugandzic, Newalta Corporation executive vice president. "We are proud to support the Newalta Wetland Heroes program and to provide recognition and funding for young people who are doing exceptional work to help protect wetlands."
NEWALTA Wetland Heroes are young people who make a difference by taking action to conserve and protect Canada's wetlands, including marshes and ponds. An Award of Merit Fund available under the NEWALTA Wetland Heroes program provides small grants to help youth expand their conservation efforts.
"We're so proud of the students and faculty at Royal Oak School for conserving their local wetland," said Rick Wishart, DUC director of education, "and we're pleased to partner with Newalta to recognize them all as Wetland Heroes. Wetlands help clean our water and provide critical habitat for wildlife, but despite that we continue to lose them. It's only through personal actions by people and enactment of effective government policies that Canada's remaining wetlands will be protected for future generations."
To protect and sustain the health of our natural areas, young people must understand the importance of conservation. DUC's award winning education programs engage 100,000 youth annually across Canada and empower them to make a difference in their communities. To learn more about these programs, visit www.education.ducks.ca.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at www.ducks.ca.
Please see attached backgrounders for more information on Ducks Unlimited Canada, the NEWALTA Wetland Heroes education program, Newalta Corporation and Royal Oak School's conservation efforts.
To view the NEWALTA Wetland Heroes backgrounder, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/nwh1005.pdf.
To view the Royal Oak students backgrounder, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/ros1005.pdf.
To view the NEWALTA Company Profile backgrounder, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/ncp1005.pdf.
To view the NEWALTA Community Investment backgrounder, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/nci1005.pdf.
To view the Benefits of Wetlands backgrounder, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/bow1005.pdf.