Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, Nestlé Waters Canada renew educational partnership

Jul 3, 2012

$61,000 sponsorship funds wetlands programs over next three years

HOPE, British Columbia – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, and Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, a leader in the provision of environmental education for youth and adults in British Columbia, today announced they have agreed to a $61,000 three-year sponsorship renewal that will enable the Centre to continue to offer watershed and forestry programs to Fraser Cascade School District students.

The programs, known as Young Stewards of the Wetlands, Young Stewards of the Watershed and Forest Ecology, were jointly developed by Fraser Cascade School District and the Centre. They will be delivered to students in their local wetland areas. Thacker Regional Park, Cheam Lake wetlands and the Miami River, all a part of the Fraser watershed, feature spawning and rearing channels for salmon; trails and a multitude of birdlife, insects and mammals.

Using a hands-on learning approach delivered through a naturalist, teachers and adult volunteers, students will gain an understanding and personal connection to the wetlands and watersheds that support the Fraser River, the largest watershed in British Columbia.

“We are most thankful to Nestlé Waters Canada for its continued support of this program because it will allow us to offer wetlands, watershed and forestry education to students in the Fraser Cascade community,” explained Michele Wiens, Board Chair, Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning. “The wetlands and watersheds of the Fraser River will continue to serve as classrooms for our students as they explore and come to understand the value of healthy waterways.” 

“We are very proud to be associated with Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning as a sponsor of this wetlands, watershed and forestry education for students in the Fraser Cascade School District, including Hope,” said John Zupo, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “The students who take this environmental education today will be the stewards of our waterways tomorrow -- and it is critically important that they understand the significance of this key ecological feature of their community at an early age.”

About Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning

Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, a non-profit organization providing outdoor education, recreation and ecological awareness in the watersheds of Southwest British Columbia, evolved from a Fraser-Cascade School District program called “Hope Mountain School.” Today, Fraser-Cascade Mountain School serves Grades 6 to 12 throughout School District 78 while Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning reaches largely adult and family audiences. Both organizations receive core funding from the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission. For further information, please call (604) 869-1274 or visit our web site at www.hopemountain.org.

About Nestlé Waters Canada

Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 400 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.nestle-waters.ca or contact:

John B. Challinor II   APR
Director, Corporate Affairs
Nestle Waters Canada
Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441
Email: john.challinor@waters.nestle.com

Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370
Email: jalton@national.ca

Michele Wiens
Board Chair
Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning
Telephone: (604) 869-2756
Email: mwiens@hopemountain.org