Muskoka Community Foundation Awards $13,800 from The Stan Darling Environmental Education Award Fund to 6 area youth

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The Muskoka Community Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Stan Darling Environmental Education Award Fund. The Stan Darling Environmental Education Award Fund was founded by the Honourable Tony Clement, M.P. for Parry Sound – Muskoka. The Tony Clement Charity Golf Classic held its 10th anniversary on June 27, 2016. The proceeds from the Tony Clement Charity Golf Classic has provided the funds for the Stan Darling Environmental Education Award Fund. The Fund has been held by the Muskoka Community Foundation in since 2010 in memory of Stan Darling, MP for Parry-Sound Muskoka. Mr. Darling was an active environmentalist, and was instrumental in establishing the Acid Rain Treaty with the USA in 1991.

Grants are awarded each June to a student from each of the area’s six high schools in the Muskoka – Parry Sound region who is pursuing a post-secondary education with a focus on environmental studies at a Canadian College or University.

Recipients are selected by their teachers based on their demonstrated commitment and service to community environmental issues, academic achievement and record of participation in volunteer and extracurricular activities.

Since the creation of the Fund $62,600 has been awarded. “It is an honour to have initiated the scholarship fund that carries Stan Darling’s name, and to provide financial support each year through my annual charity golf tournament.” Said MP Clement. “It is a great tribute to Mr. Darling that dozens of students across Parry Sound-Muskoka have been assisted in furthering their studies.”

This year’s recipients are: Kelsey Lang of Huntsville High School, Katherine Beirnes of Parry Sound High School, Kameron Kirbyson of St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School, Rebecca Jackson from Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, Jennah McIntyre of Almaguin Highlands Secondary School and Laiken Pratt of Gravenhurst High School. Keith Montgomery Chair of the Stan Darling Environmental Education Award Fund Selection Committee noted that “This year’s substantial Award of $2300 is much appreciated by the six area students who have been recognized for their contributions to a better and sustainable environment. The students are using the Award toward their post-secondary education expenses.”

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