Environmental Heroes nominations open

Langley Environmental Hero nominations committee announce that nominations for this year’s Environmental Hero awards are open

Marking the first day of spring, Langley MP Mark Warawa joined other members of the 2015 Langley Environmental Hero nominations committee in announcing that nominations for this year’s Environmental Hero awards are now open.

All Langley residents are invited to submit nominations before the deadline of May 6, 2015. Winners will be announced on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Fort Langley National Historic Site, and will be recognized with a plaque and a heritage apple tree to be planted in their honour. The three categories include: youth, individual, and group or business.

This year’s nominations committee has been expanded to include more community leaders who encourage environmental stewardship in Langley. The new members include TD Canada Trust Branch Manager Gary Aulakh (Willowbrook branch) and the Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. Members of the committee who have been involved with the awards in previous years and continue to lend their support are: Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), Fort Langley National Historic Site, The Langley Times, and MP Mark Warawa.

“We are pleased to invite all Langley residents to join in recognizing the hard work of those who give their time and energy to promote environmental stewardship in Langley,” said Warawa. “Environmental stewardship is vital to preserving our communities, forests, rivers and wildlife. If you know of one or more local heroes who have taken the initiative to do something positive for the environment, we’d like to hear about it.”

Other members of the 2015 Environmental Hero Nominations Committee also voiced their support for this initiative.

Sarah Atherton, Interim Executive Director of Langley Environmental Partners Society, said, “At LEPS we witness every day the efforts and passion of the Langley community for environmental stewardship. In order to recognize these efforts, LEPS is pleased to once again be a partner in the Langley Environmental Hero Awards.”

The Langley Times Publisher Dwayne Wiedendorf noted that, “The Langley Times is a proud to be in partnership with an initiative that makes a positive difference for our local environment.”

“TD is committed to being an environmental leader by reducing its operational impact and being a sustainable and responsible business as we grow,” said TD Branch Manager Gary Aulakh. “We consider the environment in everything we do – it shapes how we operate and who we are as an organization.”

“The Township of Langley greatly values our clean drinking water, thriving green spaces, and healthy wildlife habitat, and appreciates the efforts of those who work to protect our environment for future generations,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. “We look forward to celebrating the individuals and businesses that make a difference in our community and to the world around us through the Langley Environmental Hero Awards.”

This is the ninth time that these prestigious awards will be presented in Langley.

Nominations for the 2015 Environmental Hero Awards are open from March 20, 2015 to May 6, 2015.

Nominations will include three categories: youth, (adult) individual, and group/business.

Winners will be recognized on June 6, 2015 at the Fort Langley National Historic Site with a plaque and a heritage apple tree planted in their honour.

Request a form at: langleyenvironmentalhero@gmail.com

Forms may be submitted electronically to langleyenvironmentalhero@gmail.com, by fax (604-534-5970), as well as in person or by mail at the following addresses:

Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), 201 – 4839 221 St, Langley BC V3A 2P1

Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave, Ft Langley BC V1M 2R5

The Langley Times, 20258 Fraser Highway Langley, BC V3A 4E6

TD, Willowbrook Branch, 19711 Willowbrook Dr, Langley BC V2Y 2T6

Township of Langley, 20338 65 Ave, Langley BC V2Y 3J1

MP Mark Warawa, 104 – 4769 222nd St, Langley BC V2Z 3C1 (no postage necessary)