Protecting the environment earns bursary for Delta student

Gabriel Arruda of Delta is one of 14 students province-wide to receive a Pacific Salmon Foundation stewardship bursary.

“Our bursary program awards students with volunteer experience in environmental stewardship, because salmon conservation starts with volunteer streamkeepers at the community level,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

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“Many of these students may move onto leadership roles and it’s important that they have a deep understanding of the critical role communities play in protecting salmon.”

The program provides cash awards to post-secondary students currently enrolled in their second year or later of a salmon conservation or aquatic stewardship program of study.

Arruda is attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

“Being an upbeat and high-energy person, who is passionate about the outdoors, I believe protecting the environment consists of having initiative to solve diverse problems,” said Arruda.

“My career goals involve connecting with my community and contributing to environmental assessments that will help our beautiful country develop in an environmentally sustainable and economically viable way.”

The Pacific Salmon Foundation awarded a total of $29,000 to 14 post-secondary students in B.C. Since 2005, the bursary program has awarded almost $138,000 to 96 students entering environmental fields.

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