Women of the Earth Awards

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Do you know a woman who’s protecting Mother Nature?

When it comes to taking care of the earth, the Yves Rocher Foundation has a special place in its heart for women who are doing their part. Since 2005 the foundation has been internationally recognizing women dedicated to preserving the environment for all of us with its Women of the Earth Awards.

As a cosmetics manufacturer, Yves Rocher has a legacy of using natural ingredients in its products, so it’s no wonder the foundation’s goal is to help preserve nature and educate people about the environment. Putting money where its mouth is, the foundation awards a bursary to the first, second and third place Women of the Earth winners — 5,000, 3,000 and 2,000 euros, respectively. The first place winner also has a chance at a an International grand prize of 10,000 euros or the Special Mention for Plant Biodiversity bursary of 5,000 euros.

In Canada alone, the foundation has awarded 55,000 euros to women so far. This year, the award enters its sixth year in Canada, and the call for entries is open. You can apply for yourself, or nominate a woman you know who’s work is making a difference. Get inspired (to do more, or to put forth a nomination!) by the 2010 award winners.

The third place award was given to Karen McKendry from Halifax, NS. She was recognized for her commitment to educating youth on the environment and for starting the Young Naturalists Club.

In second place, Karen Campbell, from Hillsburg, ON, was recognized for her work over the last 13 years running the Everdale Environmental Learning Center and organic farm.

Carole Robert took first place as the founder and director of the Biotechnology for Sustainable Development in Africa Foundation. The Yves Rocher Foundation also awarded Carole the Special Mention for Plant Biodiversity at the international level!

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The Yves Rocher Foundation is not only awarding women in Canada but in 15 countries around the world, from Europe to North Africa to North America. More than 240 women have been recognized in 50 countries for their amazing efforts.

The call for entries for the 2011 Canadian Women of The Earth Awards is now open. Until September 30th, you can nominate someone or apply for the awards by downloading the application form and reading the details at www.discoveryvesrocher.ca/fondation. You need to mail in the application, so make sure to leave enough time for your form to reach Quebec.

Best of luck to all the nominees. You’re already winners to us!