The efforts of ACAP-Humber Arm in advancing knowledge and appreciation of the environment have received national recognition.
Wednesday evening at a ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, the local ACAP was announced as the recipient of a national Nature Inspiration Award.
According to the Canadian Museum of Nature, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that, through their work or specific projects, encourage Canadians to take an interest in natural history, create links with nature and contribute to its preservation.
The award highlighted ACAP Humber Arm’s Grade 8 marine science program Trading Books for Boats, its public speakers series Coastal Matters, research on marine and freshwater quality, and lead role in Aquatic Invasive Species work in western Newfoundland as some of the organizations outstanding accomplishments.
ACAP Humber Arm’s Executive Director Sheldon Peddle, who attended the ceremony, says the award is motivating.
“Our focus at ACAP Humber Arm is very local, on issues facing the aquatic environments of the Bay of Islands and Humber Valley," he said, in a prepared release. "To receive national recognition of such localized efforts is affirming, and motivates us to continue.”
Peddle says ACAP Humber Arm’s philosophy of integrating research and education is a reason his organization received this honour.
This is ACAP Humber Arm’s third national award, having received Canadian Geographic’s National Award for Environmental Education in 2007, and Canadian Council of the Federation’s Excellence in Water Stewardship Award in 2013.