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Do you know an unsung 'green' hero? Coquitlam wants to honour them

Coquitlam is seeking nominations to recognize environmental champions working in the city.
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Coquitlam's Adam Dhalla launched an online petition to save the city-owned property at Westwood Street and Guildford Way from development. He won an environmental accolade from the city in 2022.

Land and water stewards who have gone above and beyond to help Mother Earth in Coquitlam can be nominated for civic recognition.

Nominations are now open for Coquitlam’s Environmental Achievement Awards, a bi-annual event that honours the volunteers, educators, youth, children and groups that have made an environmental difference in the community.

The deadline is March 8 to submit an online form.

In 2022, the city handed out achievement accolades to (in no particular order):

  • Jemma Lam
  • Adam Dhalla (pictured above) 
  • Shelley Livesey
  • Hariette Chang
  • Vanier Conservation and Habitat Project
  • Immigrant Link Centre Society
  • Marion Hamm

Nominees don’t have to be Coquitlam residents; however, to qualify for an award, their work must be done in the community.

Nominators are asked to include supporting documents like photos, articles, videos, social media posts and letters.

A committee will then review the nominations after March 8 and reveal its shortlist for the following categories:

  • Green sprout: ages 3–12
  • Individual: ages 13–18 
  • Individual: 19 and over
  • Teacher or educator
  • Youth group: school or club
  • Adult group: organization, service club or nonprofit
  • Lifetime achievement: 20 years or more of volunteer experience

Nominations can be submitted online or emailed, or mailed or dropped off to the receptionist at Coquitlam City Hall (3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, V3B 7N2, with the subject line “2024 Environmental Achievement Awards”).