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Three Area Students to Benefit from 2012 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursaries

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) are pleased to announce that three winners have been awarded the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary for students intending to pursue a college or university education in studies related to the environment. The deserving recipients of the $500 bursaries are Sarah Bird of West Carleton Secondary School, Laura Symon of Perth and District Collegiate Institute and Ryley Steele of Almonte and District High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-R:  Laura Symon, Cliff Bennett, Ryley Steele and Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird has been accepted at the University of British Columbia’s Okanogan Valley campus and is planning on obtaining a major in zoology. She already has travelled to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon to gain a better understanding of these two significant ecological areas of the world. After completing her education Sarah hopes to work for an organization like the World Wildlife Fund. Overall she “would like her work to help raise global awareness about some of the harmful impacts our human activity has on the habitats of many species and use that awareness to drive global change.”

Laura Symon will be attending Dalhousie University in the fall and will be enrolled in marine biology. This summer Laura will be working on the Water Monitoring Program for the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. She has been very active in school and has maintained a part time job during her years at PDCI. For Laura “hearing things about decreasing biodiversity in certain ecosystems, habitats home to amazing wildlife being destroyed, the state of our lakes, rivers, streams and oceans, and the melting of yet another glacier, make me very sure about what I want to focus my life on in the future.”

Ryley Steele will be attending St. Lawrence College in Kingston where he will be enrolled in the Biotechnology Technologist Program. Ryley is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and has recently participated in a project in Norfolk Virginia. He is also an active member of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Canada(CCFC). His involvement with CCFC has given direction to his choice of post -secondary education “My focus as a graduate is to work on research projects that are undertaken to determine what role the environment has played on the increase of this disease.”

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award was established in 2007 by MVFN members and friends and family of naturalists and retired educator Cliff Bennett on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The annual bursary program is supported by MVFN and applications and other details may be found on MVFN’s website at www.mvfn.ca .

Congratulations to the three award winners and best wishes for your studies.

 

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Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

September 16, 2011

Carleton Place student winner of 2011 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary begins Ecosystem Management Program studies

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists are pleased to announce that Carleton Place student Justin Dew is the recipient of the 2011 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award for post-secondary studies. Justin, who was presented with the $500 student bursary in June of this year by MVFN President Joyce Clinton and Cliff Bennett, is now attending the Ecosystem Management Technician (EMT) Program at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay.

 L-R: Cliff Bennett, Justin Drew, Joyce Clinton (MVFN President)

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award is awarded annually by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) to a local graduating secondary school student/s going on to post-secondary studies relating to nature or the environment. The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund was established in 2007 by friends and family of local naturalist, MVFN founding member, and retired educator Cliff Bennett on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The bursary is intended to assist local students who have a love and appreciation of the natural world in pursuing their passion and acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to follow a career path in the natural world, environmental stewardship and conservation.

Mr. Dew is a graduate of Carleton Place High School. The EMT program in which he began his studies this September, explores monitoring and assessment of aquatic and terrestrial habitats as well as how to conduct resource inventories, environmental sampling and create plans for the management of public and private landscapes. Justin, who has worked at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park and who took part in the Carleton Place High School Environmental Studies program, has said that he would like to eventually become a restoration technician to “be part of the solution for keeping our environment healthy and…help maintain and preserve the environment so future generations can enjoy the outdoors as much as I do”.

The annual Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary program is administered by MVFN and application forms and further details may be found on MVFN’s website at www.mvfn.ca.

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2010 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards presented to two local students set to attend environmental programs at Ontario colleges

L-R: Cliff Bennett, award winners Natasha Gray and Jenna Rattray, Joyce Clinton (MVFN President)

MVFN’s Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Program has awarded $500.00 bursaries to two local high school students set to attend environmental programs at Ontario colleges this fall.

This years’ winners are Natasha Gray from Almonte District High School and Jenna Rattray from Carleton Place High School. Such bursaries have been awarded since 2007 to area graduating secondary school students with a demonstrated appreciation for our natural environment who wish to pursue post-secondary studies in an aspect of nature or an environmental field.

Natasha Gray has been accepted into the Fish and Wildlife Technology program at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay. Her long term goal is to become a conservation officer “to help protect plants and animals in their habitat”.

Jenna Rattray will be entering Environmental Studies in the Arts and Science program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She has been actively involved with environment and community groups and hopes to make a difference in our area’s environmental issues by “having a passionate voice to remind everyone of the harm we are doing to our environment and the impact it will have on the world for future generations”.

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award was established in 2007 by MVFN members and friends and family of naturalist and retired educator Cliff Bennett on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The bursary is awarded annually and application and other details may be found on MVFN’s website at mvfn.ca.

Congratulations to both of this year’s award winners and best wishes for your studies.

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Submitted by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

June 25, 2009

2009 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards presented to two local students set to attend Sir Sandford Flemming College Environmental Technology program

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards, supported by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN), are awarded annually to local high school graduates planning to pursue post-secondary studies in an aspect of nature or an environmental field. Both the young 2009 recipients of the award, André Drapeau and Scott Quackenbush, were on hand outside the Carleton Place Canoe Club June 23 rd to receive their $500 bursaries, as well as congratulations from Cliff Bennett and Joyce Clinton, President of MVFN.

Both nature bursary award recipients have been accepted into the Sir Sandford Flemming College Environmental Technology program offered at Flemming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ontario.

Nature Bursary winner André Drapeau, is a resident of Beckwith and a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Carleton Place. He has acquired a strong appreciation for issues related to the environment during his high school years and considers his large family at home to be very “green.” An advocate of environmentally safe disposal of computer supplies, he operates a small home-based business to promote the Ontario Electronics Stewardship programme. André hopes his college education will hold him in good stead to further his career interests in environmental sciences research and improvement of systems.

Scott Quackenbush, also a resident of Beckwith, has attended Carleton Place High School for the past four years and has always been interested and concerned with environmental issues. This summer, he plans to work as a volunteer with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority in their City Stream Watch Programme. Upon completion of the 2-3 year Environmental Technology program at Flemming College he would like to continue in the post-graduate Natural Resources Law Enforcement course towards fulfillment of one of his future ambitions i.e. work as a Conservation Officer or an Environmental Officer.

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award was established in 2007 by MVFN members and friends and family of naturalist and retired educator Cliff Bennett on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The annual bursary programme is supported by MVFN, and application and other details may be found on MVFN’s website at www.mvfn.ca.

Congratulations to both of this years award winners and best wishes for your studies!

Photo 1: 2009 Nature Bursary winner André Drapeau accepts award from MVFN President Joyce Clinton outside the Carleton Place Canoe Club Photo:Pauline Donaldson

Andre Drapeau

Photo 2: Cliff Bennett (right) makes the presentation of a Nature Bursary to Carleton Place High School student Scott Quackenbush outside at the Carleton Place Canoe Club. Photo – Pauline Donaldson

Scott Quackenbush

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

Nature bursary awarded to local student pursuing environmental studies next year

The 2008 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award was awarded June 25th to Jasen Brousseau, a West Carleton High School student. The bursary, awarded for the first time last year, is awarded annually to a student from the Mississippi Valley who is moving on to post-secondary studies in an environmental field. Jasen has been accepted into Carleton University’s Environmental Studies BA programme.

 

L-R: MVFN President Mike McPhail, Jasen Brousseau, Cliff Bennett

Jasen Brousseau has always been interested and concerned with environmental issues. He started an environmental friendly lawn and garden care business using as many green techniques as possible. He especially took time to educate his clients and neighbours of the harmful effects of pesticides and the safe alternatives which could be used. Brousseau has also incorporated many environmentally friendly practices into his own lifestyle, eating mostly organic foods, composting religiously and using his bike or walking rather than driving.

The Carleton University Environmental Studies programme should help provide Jasen with knowledge and experience needed to meet his goals of entering political and/or governmental work as a champion of our natural world. “I really want to work towards encouraging an attitudinal change with people and government policy”, stated Jasen in his application for the bursary award. “We all know that the planet is going through some terrible environmental problems right now and I want to be part of the solutions to help fix these problems”.

The award was presented Wednesday in Almonte by Cliff Bennett, head of the bursary committee and Eastern Regional Director for Ontario Nature, and Mike McPhail, President of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN). MVFN is a supporter of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award, which was established last year by MVFN members and friends and family of Cliff Bennett on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Photo 1: Local student Jasen Brousseau (centre) is the 2008 recipient of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award presented in Almonte by MVFN President Mike McPhail (left) and Cliff Bennett (right). Photo: Eileen Hennemann

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