The Conservation Corp of Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating the vision and commitment of founding member, Adele Poynter through a Memorial Award that celebrates the work of a young person who displays similar dedication to the environment and community.
Twenty-year-old Alex Hayward of Mount Pearl is the inaugural recipient of the honour. She is currently a student at Memorial University however her environmental efforts stretch back to when she was in high school. She tells VOCM News that the $1,000 award will go toward her education.
Hayward has worked tirelessly over the last number of years with the David Suzuki Blue Dot initiative. She has already helped convince Mount Pearl council members to sign a declaration binding them to consider the environmental impact of all projects and undertakings. Hayward says that’s only the beginning.
Hayward says the ultimate goal is to change the Canadian charter so that it includes the right to a healthy environment. She says she’s currently working closely with her member of parliament, Seamus O’Reagan and hopes to convince him that it is a good idea.
— Gerri Lynn Mackey (@GerriLynnMackey) August 18, 2017