Providenciales, TCI June 8, 2017 – A mixed group of schools, non-profit organizations and government agencies were among the 40 awardees at the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) Environmental Stewardship Awards held on Monday.
The award ceremony was held in commemoration of World Environment Day and sought to honor those who have been promoting conservation and environmental sustainability in the TCI year round.
DECR Deputy Director Ethan Griesbach lauded the honorees for their ongoing commitment to protecting the environment. “World Environment Day is but one day to celebrate, acknowledge and promote our commitment to environmental stewardship. But it does not and cannot stop there. Environmental stewardship must be practiced daily. The kind contributions of these recipients are a testament to this, and for this the DECR is thankful,” he said.
Welcome remarks were also given by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage & Gaming, Michelle Fulford Gardiner, who encouraged honorees to be creative when sharing their experiences.
The 40 awardees are: Amanyara, Angela T. Freites, Department of Culture, Beaches TCI, Big Blue Unlimited, Blue Haven Marina, Blue Water Divers, Bohio Dive Resort, Clement Howell High School Environmental Club, Department of Disaster Management & Emergency, Department of Environmental Health, Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre, FilCom TCI Inc, Fortis TCI, Graceway IGA, Jennifer Martel (Provo Ocean Warriors), Johanne Karam (Karam & Missick Attourneys), Lynn Robinson, Majestic Taxi and Tours, Marine Conservation Society, UK, Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Centre, Meridian Trust, Pine Cay Project, Provo Primary School, Provo Turtle Divers, Reef Action Team, British West Indies Collegiate, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, School for Field Studies, Silly Creek Water Sports, Surfside Ocean Academy, TC Crystal Pure, Tito Seymour (Represent Turks & Caicos), Turks & Caicos Friends of the Arts Foundation, Turks & Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association, Turks & Caicos Islands Swimming Federation, Turks & Caicos National Museum, Turks & Caicos National Trust, Turks & Caicos Real Estate Association, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Turtle Cove Marina and Turks Head Brewery.