Saint-Sauveur (Québec), July 18, 2017 – Chris Adam, a dedicated environmentalist and teacher and a former Camp YMCA Kanawana staff member, is the recipient of the 2016 Camp YMCA Kanawana “Pip” Award. Mr. Adam is the tenth person to receive the award, established in 2007 to recognize the contributions of distinguished Kanawana alumni.
“Camp YMCA Kanawana has established itself as a leader in the environment, so it is highly appropriate that we should recognize someone who has given so much of his life to protecting our planet and teaching others about it,” says Andrew Caddell, who sponsors the award. “The purpose of this award is to recognize people who have taken the values they learned at Kanawana and applied them to the larger world. Chris Adam receives the “Pip” Award for a lifetime dedication to the environment and education, and as an inspiration to young people to take action to build a sustainable future. The “Pip” Award Committee felt Chris’s ability to show leadership in this important cause made him a deserving recipient.”
On July 20, Chris Adam will be presented the “Pip” award at camp before campers and friends. In September, he will receive the award at the annual Alumni and Friends weekend at Camp YMCA Kanawana. A Montrealer, Chris is a dynamic educator and social entrepreneur. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for designing and implementing environmental and sustainability-related programs. He teaches environmental leadership, directs the sustainability & Living Campus initiative at Dawson College in Montreal, and is the executive director of the Earthvalues Institute, a non-profit charity specializing in using a Nature as Mentor theme in teaching.
About the “Pip” Award
The “Pip” Award is given annually to a former camper, counsellor or supervisor at Camp YMCA Kanawana who best exemplifies the values of selflessness and contribution to the community. The award is a memorial to Philip “Pip” Caddell (1913‐2004), Second World War officer, Montreal executive and community volunteer, and his grandson, James Caddell (1973‐2005), UN Peacekeeper, NGO Worker and public servant. Both attended Camp YMCA Kanawana – “Pip” as a camper in 1928 and James as a camper and counsellor in the 1980s and 1990s. The “Pip” Award Committee is composed of Kanawana alumni.
Previous recipients include Richard “Itche” Kerr, a volunteer working with the physically challenged; Richard Patten, former Ontario cabinet minister; the late Stuart McLean, broadcaster and author; Bruce Netherwood, YMCA leader and author; John Cleghorn, former CEO of the Royal Bank; the late Sam Lazarus, NGO volunteer and the Lazarus family; Jeniene Philips Birks, former broadcaster and community volunteer; Terry “Aislin” Mosher, editorial cartoonist and supporter of the disadvantaged; and Carol Skinner, a fearless advocate for people with ALS.
Source: The YMCAs of Québec
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