New Westminster, BC – In 1991, the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society established the Fraser River Hall of Fame to recognize and honour individuals or organizations that have made significant and noteworthy contributions to the health and sustainability of the Fraser River, its culture, people, industry and environment. This year, the society is proud to induct BC and World Rivers Day founder and chair, Mark Angelo into the Fraser River Hall of Fame.
Joining an esteemed list of past recipients, Angelo was nominated for his decades of passionate and articulate advocacy for waterways throughout the province of British Columbia, Canada and the world, and specifically for his work here at home on the Fraser River.
Over the past four decades Angelo has played a leadership role in numerous river conservation and restoration initiatives. Projects, numbering in the hundreds, have ranged from the successful restoration of heavily damaged urban streams such as Guichon Creek in Burnaby and Still Creek in Vancouver, to one of the most important conservation initiatives in all of the Canada – the “Heart of the Fraser” campaign, and dynamic initiative to conserve the enormous ecological values of one of the most productive stretches of the Lower Fraser River. Angelo’s latest project River Blue, a feature-length documentary which speaks passionately about the need to protect all rivers and entailed a round-the-world journey, is due in theatres later this year.
As founder and chair of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, an event now embraced by millions of people in more than 60 countries, Angelo has served as the first non-government provincial representative and Chair of the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board and the inaugural Chair of the BC Heritage River System. As Rivers Chair for the Outdoor Recreational Council of BC, Angelo coordinated the compilation of BC’s annual “most endangered rivers”, which provides a snapshot of the issues and threats that face BC’s rivers and their ecological health.
“Mr. Angelo’s passion and dedication for rivers all over the world is vast and inspiring. His work right here at home is exceptional and most deserving of the Fraser River Hall of Fame honour. For decades Mr. Angelo has directed his effort to the restoration and conservation of creeks and streams, as well as major rivers of the Fraser River Basin, applying the same unending passion and inspiring dedication each and every time. His work yields results and continuity by engaging partners and champions”, says Catherine Ouellet-Martin, Executive Director for the Fraser River Discovery Centre.
In recognition of his river conservation efforts, Angelo has been honoured by an array of governments, community groups, professional bodies and indigenous communities, both in Canada and aboard. Among his numerous awards, he has received Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada, the inaugural United Nations International Year of Fresh Water Stewardship Award, the Order of British Columbia, the National River Conservation Award and in 2009 an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University. In 2011, he was awarded with a special lifetime achievement award by the BCIT Alumni and Foundation, the prestigious Land Champion Award from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, and was honored the title Chair Emeritus of the Rivers Institute. And more recently he was awarded the Barsby Trophy, the highest honour the BC Wildlife Federation can bestow on any individual for an outstanding contribution to conservation.
Angelo will be inducted into the Fraser River Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Discovery Centre overlooking the Mighty Fraser during an evening of fine food and wine, cocktails and refreshments. The annual Fraser River Hall of Fame celebration evening has become an anticipated event by the River community and a social highlight of the year. For further details and ticket information, please visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre’s website. Tickets will be available for purchase in August 2014 and can be obtained by calling 604-521-8401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fraser River Discovery Centre Society operates the Fraser River Discovery Centre. Through interactive exhibits and engaging programming, the Discovery Centre showcases the Fraser River’s role in shaping BC’s ecological, cultural and economic diversity. Its mission is to present the stories of the Fraser River and their contribution to the life, history and future of British Columbia with the vision of connecting communities in discovery and celebration of the living, working Fraser River. The Discovery Centre is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission to the exhibit galleries is by donation.