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Joachim Moenig is the new Chair of the Bursary Committee

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists today announced that Joachim Moenig is to be the new Chair of the Bursary Committee. The Bursary Committee oversees The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary, offered annually to assist students who will pursue post-secondary studies related to the natural environment. The Bursary is named for Cliff Bennett, a founding member of the MVFN. It was established in 2007 on his 75th birthday, to honour, with a legacy, his lifelong contribution to nature education. To date over $25,000 has been awarded to 32 students in our area who have gone on to studies at colleges and universities across the country.

Joachim Moenig, has deep roots in nature, demonstrated by more than 36 years of varied Provincial/Federal Science & Management positions with the Government of Canada in Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO/Environment Canada), along with extensive volunteer work with the Mississippi Mills Beautification Committee, community festivals and special events.

“Since my retirement in 2009 to continue my life learning curve while putting my academic skills, technical knowledge and ecological management & life experiences to use in reducing human impact on the natural environment and helping others experience small footprint enjoyment of the natural world.”

“We would like to welcome Joachim. It would be hard to find a more appropriate candidate. We are delighted that he has offered to take on this important role. Thank you also to Patricia Larkin for the dedicated work she has put in as chair during the last three years.” (President MVFN)

MVFN supports opportunities to explore the many fascinating aspects of our natural world. from bird watching and nature walks to paddling trips and evening presentations.

High on the priority list is the education of young people. MVFN has a very active youth program and supports educational activities in schools. Though the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary acts independently, MVFN assists and supports their work. One or more bursaries of $1000 will be awarded each year to students from our area.

Information on the bursary awards program is usually updated in the fall, so students are aware and can consider the awards as they begin to complete applications for postgraduate study after high school. The application deadline is May 1. Recipients are announced at a later date.

Donations to the Bursary and to MVFN support the volunteer work coordinated by the organization, helping to support a strong voice for the natural world in our region.

For further information, students may contact the Bursary Committee at naturebursary@gmail.com

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