Stella Bowles honoured at Canadian Museum of Nature

  • <p>File photo</p><p>Stella Bowles</p>

LaHave teenager and citizen scientist Stella Bowles continues to rack up the awards.

On November 8, Bowles was in Ottawa as one of the honourees of the Canadian Museum of Nature's 2017 Nature Inspiration Awards.

In its citation the museum said Bowles has "doggedly pursued changes to clean up the flow of sewage into her local river."

Bowles won in the youth category for individuals aged 17 and under.

"Concerned about contamination in her local river, the LaHave, Stella led a campaign to eliminate straight pipes, an older technology that allows untreated sewage to flow directly into the river," the museum cited in a press release.

"Stella's campaign successfully mobilized federal funding to help home owners replace these systems. She also received a silver medal at the 2016 Canada-Wide Science Fair for her project on testing bacteria in the river."

Bowles was in good company Wednesday night at the museum. Other award winners included Ottawa adventurer and author Max Finkelstein; the organization Nature Canada; and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

"This year's award winners are a testament to the many ways that individuals, organisations or businesses can inspire and create a more healthy engagement with the natural world," Meg Beckel, CEO and President of the Canadian Museum of Nature, said in a release.

A jury selected the winners after paring down the applications to a shortlist. Winners receive $5,000 that they can designate to a program of their choice. The 2017 awards were supported by presenting sponsor Enbridge Inc. and media sponsors The Walrus and The Globe and Mail. Bruce Power was a category sponsor (Not-for-Profits, large).

The Nature Inspiration Awards, inaugurated by the museum in 2014, recognize individuals, groups and organizations whose leadership, innovation and creativity connect Canadians with nature and the natural world. The 2017 awards cover seven categories: Youth (aged 17 and younger), Adults, Not-for-Profits (small to medium), Not-for-Profits (large), Businesses (small to medium), Businesses (large), and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Videos about each of the winners can be seen at nature.ca.

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