Every year Nature Vancouver awards a scholarship of $750 to a member of Nature Vancouver or a member of the immediate family of a member. The applications for the scholarship are accepted in January to March every year and awards are presented at the Annual General Meeting in April. To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant or nominee must be registered at an accredited institution of higher learning in British Columbia for at least one session in during year of application and must be specializing in a discipline which advances the objectives of the Society.
Written applications should include the name of the applicant or nominee, membership details, a brief description of his or her program of study and an explanation of how the program advances Nature Vancouver’s objectives. A brief curriculum vitae should also be submitted with the application. Full consideration is given to new members of the Society.
Applications for the scholarship, or requests for further information, should be sent by e-mail to Jeremy McCall, Chair, Finance Committee. The next scholarship will be awarded in April 2014.
Scholarship Award 2013 - Maggie Stewart
Maggie Stewart is in her fourth year of post-secondary studies, completing her Associates Degree in General Science at Langara College. She will start the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Recreation Diploma Program at BCIT in September 2013.
Maggie has always had a passion for nature and the environment. She has always wanted to be an ambassador for wildlife and for the sciences.
Maggie is the President of the Langara College Biology Club and has organized and run over 50 events, and helped to grow and diversify the Club membership. She is also a volunteer with the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s (SPES) conservation and stewardship programs. Maggie’s work with SPES has included bat monitoring, water quality analysis, fish trapping, small mammal surveys, data entry and bog restoration. In addition, Maggie completed a research project on Lost Lagoon’s Biofiltration Pond to determine its efficacy. Maggie has recently started volunteering with the Vancouver School Board gifted program and is mentoring an 11-year-old-girl with an interest in Marine Biology, especially nudibranchs and the intertidal zone.
Nature Vancouver wishes Maggie great success in all her endeavours.
Scholarship Award 2012 - Jay Brogan
Jay grew up in Southern Ontario and is a keen ornithologist and naturalist. His passion for ornithology is reflected in his various memberships. Currently, he is a member of the Society for Canadian Ornithologist, American Ornithologists Union, WildResearch and Nature Vancouver. He has been participating in avian migration monitoring at Iona Island Bird Observatory and monthly water bird surveys for Bird Studies Canada. In the 2011 he also participated in Vancoubver Area Christmas Bird Count.
Living on Vancouver Island, Jay contributed to the conservation of wildlife and nature education. He volunteered at Mountainnaire Avian Rescue Society in Courtenay, B.C., where he assisted in the recovery of injured birds and released them back into the wild. Jay has also worked as an outdoor educator at Horne Lake Caves where he shared his knowledge and passion for nature and the natural world with kids and adults alike.
Jay is enrolled in a M.Sc. of Biological Sciences at the Centre for Wildlife Ecology at Simon Fraser University. His research is focused on the effects persistent organic pollutants may have on a terrestrial top predator, the Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii), inhabiting the Lower Mainland. These chemicals are known to move up the food chain, putting top predators most at risk. These pollutants can cause ill effects to highly exposed individuals, including behavioural alterations, lowered reproductive success and even death. This may lead to population declines. Monitoring toxin levels in this top predator can serve as an early warning of ecosystem contamination and assist in discovering the source of the contamination.
Members of Nature Vancouver wish continuing success to Jay in all his endeavours and look forward to hearing about the results of his research at some point in future.
Scholarship Award 2011 - Denis Boko
The 2011 Scholarship was awarded to Denis Boko. Denis is currently in his last semester of the Certificate of Natural Resources program, which forms the first year of the Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) Diploma program of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). In the second year, he has chosen to take the Forest Management option of the SRM Diploma program.
Professionally, the SRM diploma will pave the way to employment in the environmental protection sector where Denis can work to help conserve local ecosystems. He is very interested in ecological restoration, watershed management and environmental monitoring and assessment.
As President of the non-profit Burnaby Urban Forest Group Society (UFG), Denis plans to build on skills and training that will contribute to his efforts to run environmental education and conservation activities in South Burnaby’s Kaymar Creek Watershed. With UFG, Denis leads park clean-up, invasive plant removal, invertebrate survey and storm drain marking events, creates educational pamphlets, sets up educational displays and runs information booths.
Denis also works with the non-profit Byrne Creek Streamkeepers on field, outreach and educational events.
Members of Nature Vancouver wish Denis great success in all his endeavours.