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Environmental hero nomination deadline extended

Maxime Labraque, winner of the 2013 youth Environmental Hero award, receives his certificate from Nichole Marples, executive director of Langley Environmental Partners Society. The awards were presented at the Canada Day ceremony at McLeod Park. - Frank Bucholtz/Langley Times
Maxime Labraque, winner of the 2013 youth Environmental Hero award, receives his certificate from Nichole Marples, executive director of Langley Environmental Partners Society. The awards were presented at the Canada Day ceremony at McLeod Park.
— image credit: Frank Bucholtz/Langley Times

The deadlines for nominations for the 2014 Langley Environmental Hero Awards are being extended.

Nominations for the awards were scheduled to close on April 25, but the deadline will now be extended to May 26.

The nomination process began on March 25. The awards are sponsored by Langley MP Mark Warawa, Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), Fort Langley National Historic Site and The  Times.

“We are pleased to invite all Langley residents to join in recognizing the hard work of those who have given their time and energy to promote environmental stewardship in our community,” said the Langley MP. “Environmental stewardship is fundamental to preserving Langley’s communities, forests, rivers and wildlife. If you know of a person, group or a business who has taken the initiative to do something positive for the environment, we’d like to hear about it.”

All members of the 2014 Environmental Hero Nominations Committee also voiced their continued support for this initiative.

“LEPS highly values the efforts of Langley citizens who champion for environmental sustainability in our community. In order to recognize these efforts, LEPS is pleased to once again be a partner in the Langley Environmental Hero Awards,” says Nichole Marples, executive director at Langley Environmental Partners Society.

"The Langley Times is pleased to have been sponsoring the Environmental Hero Awards since their inception, and we are very proud of those who have been honoured in the past. We look forward to some stellar nominations this year, as we know many Langley residents are deeply involved in protection of the environment,” says Langley Times publisher Dwayne Wiedendorf.

“Fort Langley National Historic Site is proud to partner with the Environmental Hero Awards and work for the preservation of our natural heritage,” says Mark Anderson, acting site manager of the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

Winners of the Environmental Hero Awards will be presented on July 1t, at Langley’s Canada Day celebrations. Winners will also be commemorated with a plaque and a Heritage Apple Tree planted in their honour at the Fort Langley National Historic Site in the summer of 2014.

The Langley Environmental Hero Award began in 2006 as a way to recognize Langley's grassroots efforts, big and small, to protect the environment. It quickly became clear that environmental stewardship in Langley is an issue which people are passionate about. Nominations have since expanded to honour environmental initiatives by individuals, businesses, organizations and youth.

Nominations include three categories: youth, (adult) individual, and business.

Nomination forms are available at markwarawa.com, leps.bc.ca, and langleytimes.com. Forms may be submitted electronically to langleyenvironmentalhero2014@gmail.com, by fax (604-534-5970), in person, or by mail at: #104-4769 222nd Street. Langley, BC, V2Z 3C1.

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