August 19, 2013
On the Move in the Mara
Dr. Bondar, pictured here, enhanced The Foundation’s international programs and linkages during this year’s Kenya project. Representatives from The Foundation met with scientists from the Kenya Wildlife Services and with UNEP representatives in Nairobi to discuss areas of mutual interest. Additionally, they shared environmental learning materials developed for Kenyan students attending a number of schools, encouraging them to continue their studies. Dr. Bondar presented inspiring addresses to over 400 girls and their mentors while visiting Kenya. In partnership with The Hoopers Africa Trust, she participated as Honorary Patron with Hooper Trustees in a visit to monitor quality assurance and practices related to the Trust’s program in the Mara.
While in the country, Dr. Bondar continued capturing photographs on biodiversity using a Nikon D800 that will be added to the Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience.
Photo Gallery HERE!
August 16, 2013
Exciting New Partnership with Nikon Canada
Our newest partner in The Foundation’s growing network of sponsors is Nikon Canada Inc. With their support we have been able to expand the national scope of the 2013 Summer Camp Bondar Challenge.
“The summer camp setting helps youth unplug for a few weeks and digital photography allows them to connect with nature in a meaningful way… We had a number of camps coast to coast where participants didn’t have access to digital cameras and Nikon’s support meant we could create a camera loan program. It made all the difference in reaching more than 4,000 youth this summer.”Dr. Roberta Bondar
This unique environmental photography program fuses photographic art with science. Capturing an image in a summer camp environment that relates to some aspect of biodiversity, participants interpret the artistic and scientific components of the photographs they have taken, challenging their imagination and creativity.
The Bondar Challenge creates an emotional bond between the natural world and the individual that will become part of the personal heritage of campers and leaders. It is a gateway to understanding, inquisitiveness and a desire to have a positive impact on our attitude and behaviours toward nature.
The Roberta Bondar Foundation thanks Mike Robertson and Nikon Canada for their leadership and support for youth who will make a difference to our future.
June 4, 2013
4-H Canada 100th Anniversary Gala
Dr. Roberta Bondar was the guest speaker at the 4-H Canada 100th Anniversary Gala held on May 30. As an astronaut, physician, scientist, photographer, author and, proud Aggie, Dr. Bondar presented her view from space to emphasize the importance of agricultural research and technology in being able to feed a growing planet with ever-decreasing arable land.
June 3, 2013
Winning Views of Nature
Four high school students from Paul William Kaeser High School, Fort Smith, NWT, were honoured for pictures they took during the Bondar Challenge, a photography program of The Roberta Bondar Foundation. The Challenge was offered at Sweetgrass Station in the Alberta section of Wood Buffalo National Park, the first national park to host the Roberta Bondar Challenge.
Here are the Winning Views of Nature.