On June 1st, over 400 river lovers arrived at the Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant to celebrate the Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala. surrounded by the river on all sides the setting was magical. The dress code was “river chic”. Various dignitaries helped with the proceedings , including MC Evan Solomon, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna was an honoured guest, Madame Sophie Gregoire Trudeau received an handcrafted paddle as 2016 Honorary Riverkeeper. Sophie also gave a nice speech on the healing powers of water and the importance of the natural world when raising a family. Mayor Jim Watson received the 2016 Water Leader Award and expressed his commitment to the Ottawa River for future generations. The Blue Water Leadership award was presented to the Ottawa Riverkeeper Organization from the RBC to support further programs to the tune of $100,000. Serena Ryder capped of the event with a great performance. What a night was had by all.
Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala 2016:
If you have an interest in getting involved in the Ottawa area with water issues , take at look at http://www.ottawariverkeeper.ca. the Ottawa Riverkeepers is dedicated to protecting the health of the Ottawa River and it’s tributaries. Their programs and activities are driven by the goal of swimmable, drinkable, and fishable waters now and in the future. The range of activities runs from water quality testing, court challenges, education and outreach.
Ottawa Riverkeeper: Who They Are…
So check out their website at http://www.ottawariverkeeper.ca and see how you can get involved.