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Friday, June 19, 2009

10 Edmonton organizations win awards for Environmental Excellence

10 Edmonton organizations won awards this week for environmental excellence.The ten were chosen in different categories of environmental concerns. The groups were:

(a)Youth award:Eco-Air (Edmonton,Alberta)-Eco-Air is devoted to youth who volunteer their time towards the promotion of vehicle anti-idling initiatives. For more on Eco-Air go to: or visit their Facebook page at:

(b)Not for profit association award:Alberta Birds of Prey (Coaldale,Alberta)-Wildlife rescue center. For more information about the Alberta Birds of Prey foundation go to:

(c)Community Group award:River Valley Alliance (Edmonton,Alberta)-Protection of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. To gain an understanding of this group visit their website at:

(d)Individual committment award:David Manz. P.Eng.P.Ag (Calgary,Alberta)-Inventor of the biosand water filter. For more information about David Manz and his biosand water filter visit
these websites:,, and

(e)Individual committment award:Jill and Basil Seaton (Jasper-Alberta)-Lifetime of environmental volunteering. To learn more about the work of the Seatons visit this website:

(f)Education award (School or Classroom):Calgary,Alberta Zoo-Helping schools maintain natural areas For more information regarding what the Calgary Zoo did to help schools maintain natural areas go to:

To visit the Calgary Zoo website click on:

(g)Education award (Non-Formal):City of Calgary,Alberta-Mayor's Environmental Expo To find out information about the Calgary Mayor's Environmental Expo go to this website: link

(h)Business award-Lafarge (Fish Creek,Alberta)-Reclamation of gravel pit into meadows For information concerning what Larfarge Cement Plant did go to: link
(i)Business award-Logical Creations Ltd. (Airdrie,Alberta)-Innovative recycling practises in furniture manufacturing. For infornation about the recycling practices of Logical Creations Ltd. go to:

(j)Government institutions award-Ecoteam (Calgary,Alberta)-Improving ecological literacy at the Calgary Board of Education. For more information about Ecoteam visit:
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you for taking such an interest in the environment!!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.