Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, Nestlé Waters Canada partner to offer new education

To Press Releases listOct 8, 2009

Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, Nestlé Waters Canada partner to offer new education

$24,500 sponsorship funds wetlands programs for Grades 4 and 5 students

HOPE, British Columbia – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of single-use bottled water beverages, and Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, a leader in the provision of environmental education for youth and adults in British Columbia, today announced that the Company has entered into a $24,500 three-year sponsorship agreement that will enable the Centre to offer two new programs to Grades 4 and 5 students in the Fraser Cascade School District.

The programs, known as Young Stewards of the Wetland and Young Stewards of our Watersheds, 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.

The Grade 4 wetlands program will begin this year, followed by the Grade 5 watershed program in the spring of 2010. The programs will educate more than 300 students and 40 adults annually.

“We are most thankful to Nestlé Waters Canada for its support of this new program because, for the first time in our history, it will allow us to introduce wetlands and watershed education to primary 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 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 and watershed education for primary students,” said Gail Cosman, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “These students are the future stewards of our waterways and it is important that they understand the importance 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 2000, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Greenwich, 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 450 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