From the left: Mr. David Rodrigue, Executive Director of the Ecomuseum Zoo, Ms. Cristina Mourelle, teacher at Collège Bourget, and Ms. Lora Smith, vice-chair of the Ecomuseum Zoo's board of directors
Last evening, at the annual donor recognition event, David Rodrigue, Executive Director of the Ecomuseum Zoo, presented the Roger Bider Natural History - Ecomuseum Zoo Prize to Ms. Cristina Mourelle, a teacher from Collège Bourget in Rigaud.
The Roger Bider Ecomuseum Zoo Natural History - Ecomuseum Zoo Award recognizes educators, who through their activities with students, foster public awareness and appreciation of the natural world and the importance of discovery, conservation and stewardship. The award is given annually to an educator who has fostered student curiosity and keen interest in natural history. The value of the award is $500.00 and its use should enhance ongoing and future programs in natural history. With unfortunately no nominations in 2014, the prize was not awarded; for this reason, and for the scope and quality of the projects undertaken, Ms. Mourelle was awarded a 1,000$ grant.
The nomination clearly showed that Ms. Mourelle knows how to share her passion for environmental sciences with her students. She organizes and manages numerous projects in order to instill this interest among the younger generation: forest surveys, fresh water ecology programs, a Wild Leek seeding project under the scientific tutelage of the Biodome de Montréal, and of course the famous Port-au-Saumon program where children are invited to develop short research projects related to astronomy, geology or terrestrial and marine ecology. In short, there is something for everyone in order to reach as many students as possible and scientific discoveries are on the menu. The students create lasting memories and benefit from a connection to the natural world that surrounds us.
The grant will help Ms. Mourelle and her students pursue these important projects. Tangible experience makes all the difference when young people learn about critical environmental issues; it’s a value the Ecomuseum Zoo shares with Collège Bourget. Educating our youth through hands-on discoveries develops the willingness to protect our environment leading in turn to a greener tomorrow for us all.
Congratulations Ms. Mourelle!