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News Release: Eco YOLO Wins Alberta Emerald Foundation’s $5000 Youth Award

Eco YOLO: L-R: Parth Desai,  Chintan Desai, Heet Shah, Priyank Dave,  Krish Shah, and Lokesh Patel at the Alberta Emerald Foundation Awards in CalgaryEco YOLO: L-R: Parth Desai, Chintan Desai, Heet Shah, Priyank Dave, Krish Shah, and Lokesh Patel at the Alberta Emerald Foundation Awards in Calgary

(Fort McMurray, AB - June 7, 2018) It’s a banner month for Eco YOLO! Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) congratulates École McTavish Junior High School’s environmental group, who won Alberta Emerald Foundation’s $5000 award in the Youth category for their project “Mission Replant Fort McMurray.”

The 27th annual Alberta Emerald Foundation Awards were held at Calgary’s Theatre Junction Grand on June 5, 2018. The organization “recognizes and celebrates environmental achievements and stewardship in Alberta, establishing an example of excellence for all to follow.”

Eco YOLO was formed two years ago at McTavish by Krish Shah, Chintan Desai, and two more students, who have since moved out of town. The original idea to replant Fort McMurray was pitched by Krish, who wanted to do something for the region following the wildfires.

“Mission Replant Fort McMurray,” was launched last year with the first phase seeing Saprae Creek, north of Fort McMurray replanted. Last week Gregoire Lake Provincial Park was replanted. As of today, Eco YOLO has rallied almost 600 McTavish students, and planted approximately 4000 trees in the region.

Heet Shah and Parth Desai are the newest members of the group, and are in grade nine. They were delighted to receive the award.

“To get an award as prestigious as this is just a dream come true,” noted Parth, who was in Calgary to receive the award. 

“We’re very grateful to have been recognized for our diligent work in engaging youth and replanting Fort McMurray,” added Heet.

Robynn Moody, Eco YOLO advisor, and Science teacher at École McTavish Junior High School couldn’t say enough about her students.

“It’s so rewarding to see Eco YOLO members recognized for their passion and hard work over the past two years. Receiving an Alberta Emerald Award is a huge accomplishment. As a teacher, I am so fortunate to have had the privilege of working with this amazing group of students. They deserve this recognition!”

“We are pleased to recognize Eco YOLO as our Youth category recipient,” said Carmen Boyko, Executive Director, Alberta Emerald Foundation.

“The ambitious spirit of this young group of arborists truly stood out to our judging panel. We hope their story inspires people of all ages around our province and beyond to take environmental action within their own communities.”

Superintendent Doug Nicholls congratulated Eco YOLO students, and staff involved with environmental initiatives at the school.

“What a high note to end a stellar academic year full of achievements. Congratulations Krish, Chintan, Parth, Heet, Lokesh, Priyank and Ms. Moody on this incredible award. Our students and staff are not only local, but provincial leaders when it comes to environmental stewardship,” Superintendent Nicholls noted.

In addition, École McTavish’s LEAP (Leaders in Environmental Advocacy & Protection) environmental club was the recipient of the Alberta Emerald Foundation’s first Energy Efficiency Champion Award for their solar greenhouse and community garden.

Congratulations to all our students and staff.

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833

Cell: 780-880-7666

Work: 780-788-8009

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca