SaskOutdoors is proud to honour Cydney Weir and Bernie Melanson by annually distributing an award in their names.
Cydney Weir Award for Youth Environmental Leadership
The Cydney Weir Award for Youth Environmental Leadership was established in 2014 to honor Cydney, a passionate environmental leader who was active in Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders, and Rangers, as well as Trek School, the Sheldon Collegiate Outdoor Club, and was enrolled in Environmental Sciences at the University of Regina. Cydney once said, “I think that people living in Saskatchewan don’t really understand or take advantage of what the province we live in is giving us with it being so diverse in wildlife; lots of people don’t even know it’s out there.” It is with this spirit that we recognize the outstanding leadership efforts of young people who are working for the protection of our shared planet and who “understand and take advantage” of the natural places in our province.
Youth environmental leaders ages 13 to 19 living in Saskatchewan
The youth should demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Passionate about conserving nature
- Experience backpacking, skiing, building fires, hiking, canoeing, etc.
- Shows potential and interest in pursuing environmental studies or a related field in their future
- Shows commitment to taking action to conserve natural ecosystems and habitat for wild animals
- Interest in working with young children to teach them about the environment
- A love of swimming and canoeing and a general love of water
- An excitement for wildlife photography
The award recipient will receive a Lifetime membership to SaskOutdoors which offers: a subscription to Of Land & Living Skies: A Community Journal on Place, Land and Learning, discounts on outdoor camping and recreation events, opportunities to apply for grants, an e-mail newsletter, and much more! The recipient will also receive a backpack that can be used on multiday backpacking trips.
The nominator will provide a statement fully describing the contribution, passion and achievement of the nominee complete with documents, such as newspaper clippings or photographs if desired.
Nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2017. Nominations can be submitted to . Any inquiries can be e-mailed to .
The Bernie Melanson Award
The Bernadine Marie Melanson Award was set up in her memory to be presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to outdoor and environmental education in Saskatchewan.
It is hoped that the award will allow us to remember and carry forward the work in which she was vitally interested. What kind of work? Professor Bernie Melanson’s career sparkled with teaching expertise, innovative approaches, research skills, and an awareness of the human being matched by few educators in this province. Her interests and contributions spanned many areas: Science, Science Education, Outdoor Education, Teacher Education and methods of In-Service Education. She was active in a broad range of university affairs. She was concerned with skills, knowledge and attitudes of teachers; she was dedicated to the proposition that the best education possible should be provided by the child….Bernie was an energetic member of the Saskatchewan Outdoor Education Association, now known as SaskOutdoors.
Criteria for receiving the award
- The candidate shall be an active participant in outdoor environmental education in Saskatchewan.
- The candidate need not be a member of the SaskOutdoors.
The award recipient will receive a Lifetime membership to SaskOutdoors which offers: a subscription to Of Land & Living Skies: A Community Journal on Place, Land, and Learning, discounts on outdoor camping and recreation events, opportunities to apply for funding, an email newsletter, and much more!
The nominator will provide a statement fully describing the contributions and achievements on the nominee complete with documents, such as newspaper clipping or photographs if desired. Pertinent biographical data should be stated briefly.
Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2017. Nominations can be submitted to . Any inquiries can be e-mailed to .