Some amazing community and environmental stewards were honoured on June 8th by Rotary of Port Moody. And something we should all be very proud of is the fact that all four are current members of the Port Moody Ecological Society!!
PMES Vice President Dave Bennie, PMES Secretary Elaine Golds, PMES members Ruth Foster and Rod MacVicar were all awarded the Rotary founder Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service!!!
Everybody knows Dave’s commitment to PMEs and the Noons Creek hatchery (not to mention the iconic Fingerling Festival each year), so it was indeed an privilege to witness his receipt of the award.
Elaine NEVER stops working towards a better sustainable and environmentally friendly human impact on our planet – and specifically the Tri-Cities region. As well as her Director duties with PMES (and one of the original members), most know that she has been with the Burke Mountain Naturalists for many years – and is the current President. There are other organisations that she somehow manages to squeeze some time for, in addition to writing a regular environmental column for the Tri-City News……whew!
It could be said that Ruth Foster and Rod MacVicar are the heart and soul of Mossom Creek hatchery (managed by the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society – BIMES). As the original founding members (in 1976!), and very respected teachers, they worked long and hard to build a student-based volunteer organisation that captured the essence of ‘real world’ and hands-on education. BIMES has grown significantly over the years, roles and responsibilities change with the times and many others have come after them to build it to what it is today – but the mandate and mission has not strayed from providing the background and education that students need to make informed decisions about their interaction with the environment that we all need to be healthy.
Rod also heads up the Reed Point Marine Education Centre, at Reed Point Marina in Port Moody. He is also a Director of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation.
Many students of both Noons Creek and Mossom hatcheries have gone on to senior and leadership roles within government and environmental organisations.
Although the Lower Mainland in general is lucky to have these local stewards, Noons Creek, Mossom Creek and Burke Mountain Naturalists are the big winners by having these long-term valued volunteers!!!! Could not be more prouder.
More acceptance photos below.