MANITOBA HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENT AWARDED TRIP TO POLAR BEAR INTERNATIONAL'S TEEN LEADERSHIP CAMP IN CHURCHILL
– – – Charmiane Agsalud Wins Biodiversity Conservation Award at Schools Science Symposium: Mackintosh
Charmaine Agsalud, a Grade 10 student at Sisler High School, is the recipient of the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium’s annual Biodiversity Conservation Award, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
“This is a great opportunity for a Manitoba high-school student to attend the world-class Polar Bear International Teen Leadership Camp and enjoy the experience of a lifetime,” said Mackintosh. “Students from around the world attend this camp to develop knowledge and understanding about the problems facing polar bears because of a changing climate and the importance of the Arctic and subarctic to the overall health of the planet.”
The Manitoba government and Polar Bears International sponsor the award, which includes sending a science student in Grade 10 or 11 to attend the teen leadership camp in Churchill.
“I am so excited my hard work as president of the environment club, my essay and my work in the science fair has been acknowledged by being selected as the recipient of this award,” said Agsalud. “I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity.”
The teen leadership camp includes a seven-day workshop on the impacts of the warming Arctic with a focus on polar bears, taught by a group of international instructors.
“The end goal of the camp is to motivate action on climate change,” said Kathryn Foat, vice-president of conservation education and stewardship strategies for Polar Bears International. “We are very grateful for the support from Frontiers North Adventures, Calm Air, Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg and Canada Goose to create such an inspiring and educational experience at very little cost to the participant.”
Past participants of the program include students from Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and international students from Denmark, Australia, Germany and the United States.
“We are fortunate to have great partners at Polar Bears International and at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium to make this opportunity available to a deserving Manitoba student,” said Mackintosh. “We can greatly enhance the advanced, environmental learning experience by providing students with access to the home of polar bears.”
The teen leadership camp will take place in Churchill this fall.