In Memorium

The 2016 Marie-Hélène Roger prize has been awarded to Caroline Côté-Larose!

Caroline served as a communications and engagement intern for CPAWS Quebec from February to July 2016. She greatly enjoyed her working with other CPAWS team members, whom she describes as strong, innovative, and energetic.  When her time as an intern came to an end, she continued to support CPAWS by serving as a volunteer. She managed a member recruitment booth during MEC's member appreciation day and acted as a team lead during the Thanks to Nature event, among other roles. Caroline hopes to continue supporting CPAWS in its work as long as possible!

After working in communications for twelve years as a coordinator and editor, Caroline chose to dedicate the second part of her career to a cause that is close to her heart: protecting the environment. She believes that respecting nature is vitally important to our physical and psychological well-being. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in environmental geography from the University of Montreal, she will begin a Master's program in environment this fall at the University of Sherbrooke.


The 2015 Marie-Hélène Roger prize has been awarded to Mathieu Neau!

During his childhood in France, Mathieu’s love for nature and the great outdoors led him to dream of coming to Canada. In 2011, he realized his dream when he arrived in Quebec to complete a Master's program in forest biology, with a concentration in entomology. Mathieu has spent no fewer than five summers in the boreal forest in order to study it, admire its natural beauty, and understand its richness and the importance of protecting the ecosystem.

In 2014, Mathieu began volunteering for CPAWS Québec, translating documents and revising reports. In 2015, he worked on the layout of the Nagoya report and assessment of Quebec's actions regarding biodiversity and recommendations.

We are proud to call Mathieu 2015’s volunteer of the year and we thank him for all of his work on this report and his commitment to CPAWS Quebec!



The 2014 Marie-Hélène Roger prize has been awarded to Jennifer Smith!

Jennifer has been working alongside the SNAP employees as a volunteer every Monday since the fall of 2013. She takes an active part in communication strategies, animation of social networks, research and translations, as well as in the organization of events, photography and all daily administrative tasks. What an impressive contribution to the conservation of our public wilderness spaces!

A native Montrealer with a Master’s degree in biology from Western University, a Certificate in Environmental Practice (CEP) from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Jennifer became aware of the beauty, the vastness and the fragility of  our wilderness when she spent a summer in the Canadian Rockies for her Master’s degree. This awareness prompted her decision to dedicate her career to the cause of conservation of wild spaces.
Involved with SNAP since 2010, she first worked in the national office in Ottawa, volunteered in Alberta and worked in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as coordinator for community relations.

SNAP and its mission to protect public wild spaces are close to her heart! We can say that SNAP has found that rare pearl among committed volunteers! We thank Jennifer for her invaluable aid, her dedication and her exceptional involvement, and name her Volunteer of the Year for 2013!



Marie-Pierre Beauvais receives the 2012 Marie-Hélène Roger award!

Marie-Pierre has been helping out at CPAWS Quebec for nearly five years. She has collected hundreds of signatures for our protection campaigns, increased public awareness about the importance of conserving nature, written and posted many documents online, entered data, etc. Marie-Pierre has eyes that sparkle and a heart overflowing with generosity. Efficient, motivated, intelligent and informed, she alone is worth 10 volunteers! She is so passionate about the environment that she decided to make it her career. Growing up in the country, she was introduced to the complexity of natural ecosystems at an early age. Having established the first Green Committee at Cégep de Joliette and discovered a passion for environmental issues, she moved to Montréal to pursue studies in biology. Since then, she has been combining jobs in the environmental field with participating in various civic activities within NGOs, as well as pursuing university studies in geography and conservation science. Her dream is to transmit this passion and interest in biodiversity and environmental issues to generations of students. We thank Marie-Pierre for her invaluable aid to SNAP Québec, her dedication and her enthusiasm, by naming her Volunteer of the  year for 2011!



Why the Marie-Hélène Roger award?

Marie-Hélène Roger was an active volunteer from the very beginning of the Montreal group's activities in 1999. She manned our first information booth at a nature fair, coordinated the production of our first information brochure, and in 2001 helped organize our first-ever Annual General Meeting. She was elected to the Board of Directors at that first meeting and remained with it ever since, acting during part of that time as board secretary and member of our community outreach committee.

Her most remarkable contribution however, was undoubtedly as our social quarterback. Attendance at CPAWS-sponsored events was regularly boosted by the participation of her wide circle of friends, and she was the one Board member who would pry us once in a while out of our conference rooms to gather for an 'at-home' meeting instead. Her energy and optimism were inspiring, given the time she also committed to representing Quebec at the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - and to her own courageous struggle with that disease over the years.

One couldn't help but be amazed at her determination. She considered it nothing special arriving to take minutes of a meeting with an oxygen tank on her shoulder and a breathing tube under her nose. Marie-Helene simply shrugged it off, nearly making the rest of us forget about it too.

Still, over the past year she suffered from increasingly frequent complications, and last summer was placed on a waiting list for a lung transplant. She was at the top of that list when she died on Monday February 23rd 2004, at the age of 29.