(Left to right) Kristin Cassie, Les Clay and Dianne Kask were winners of the 2014 Environmental Hero Awards. Cassie represented her school, Roots and Wings Montessori School, while Clay represented the Arboretum and Botanical Society of Langley. Individual winner Kask is a teacher at Parkside Centennial Elementary.

Langley environmental heroes sought

This will be the ninth year that the environmental hero awards have been handed out.

Langley MP Mark Warawa joined other members of the 2015 Langley Environmental Hero nominations committee on Friday 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. Winners will be announced on Saturday, June 6, 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 Township 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 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.

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

Those interested in nominating someone can request a form at: langleyenvironmentalhero@gmail.com.

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

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

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

—  Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort 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 222 St., Langley BC V2Z 3C1 (no postage necessary).

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