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What’s the Latest at The Roberta Bondar Foundation?

WINGS Fall 2021


A sample of media articles about The Roberta Bondar Foundation, its educational programs and activities along with some of Dr. Bondar’s public appearances that reference The Foundation.

December 29 2021

Mike in deep conversation with Dr. Roberta Bondar

Toronto MIKE’D

Image of Roberta Bondar and Toronto Mike for podcast promo

Mike delves into several topics with Dr. Roberta Bondar engaging her in questions about the 30th anniversary of her mission, her perspective on nature, climate change, space tourism, personal inspiration, space dangers and more.
Tune in! Toronto Mike’D’s podcast Episode #976

December 22 2021

Humble & Fred chat with Dr. Roberta Bondar

Humble & Fred Show
Toronto ON

On their morning comedy-talk podcast, “Humble” Howard Glassman & Fred Patterson discovered “we have an astronaut on the show”!
 Humble & Fred’s podcast Episode #256

December 15 2021

Jerry Agar chats with Dr. Roberta Bondar

The Jerry Agar Show

NEWSTALK 1010 Radio’s Jerry Agar talk with Dr. Roberta Bondar this morning covered moments of space launch, growing up w/ space travel on her mind, William Shatner’s emotional reaction to the visible frailty of Earth’s atmosphere, and some of the discoveries from space flight and their medical applications to Earthlings.

Dr. Bondar revealed plans for the upcoming 30th Anniversary celebration of her historic flight aboard STS Discovery’s First International Microgravity Laboratory. She invited listeners to grab a ticket and join the virtual Evening with some friends.

Some Comments from Listeners:

“I remember seeing Roberta Bondar at Hamilton Place, matte maybe later 80s/early 90s, where she spoke to a theatre full of school kids. It is easily one of my best memories as a child, though I was too young to remember the presentation, it still left a favourable impact on my life of science. Thank you Michael in Caledonia”

Montreal QU Dec 15, 2021 10:02

“Roberta is from my home town Jerry. Quality person and maybe underappreciated as a ground breaker. Her mom was my teacher in high school and I went back eventually and taught at the school with her mom as a colleague. I was invited to the launch but a medical issue prevented us from going. Big regret for me but I gave her a recording of the high school band to play in space lol. John Bawating C&VS. alum Sault Ste. marie ontario”

London ON Dec 15, 2021 10:04

“I am from Sault Ste Marie. My mother who would be 93 now would talk about you to us regularly. She was so beyond impressed by you”

Toronto ON Dec 15, 2021 10:10

“Please clone Dr Bondar Sandra London”

London ON Dec 15, 2021 10:11

December 3 2021

A Supersonic Rocket named Bondar

The Dogood Press
Education / Technology

Roger Fisher reports that University students belonging to the Cosmic Research association of the Terrassa School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering (ESEIAAT) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) celebrated the launch of “the most powerful suborbital supersonic rocket ever built in Catalonia.”

The rocket was christened ‘Bondar’ in honor of Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first female Canadian astronaut in space and who participated in the 1992 Discovery mission.

The avionics are modular and consist of the engine module, recovery module, and an avionics module.

Launched at the end of November, the Bondar is the most powerful suborbital supersonic rocket in Spain devised by university students.

November 15 2021

Sharing Space with Dr. Roberta Bondar Podcast Available Now!

Visit our Podcast Page or listen on your favourite platform like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Alexa.

Thumbnail for Media Release of Sharing Space Podcast

Nov 16 2021
Brian Kelly, Sault Star online
Roberta Bondar’s move to interviewer’s role ‘intriguing’

Nov 16 2021
Kenneth Armstrong, SooToday .com
Dr. Roberta Bondar flips roles to become interviewer in new podcast series

Nov 12 2021
Brian Kelly, Sault Star online
Roberta Bondar launches her podcast

November 1 2021


The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Toronto ON

On November 1st, we launched the #BondarInspires campaign to ask Canadians to share their stories of Dr. Bondar – the first time they learned about her, saw her speak, read her work, met her, and how that has inspired their lives. So far, we’ve received over 100 stories across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, with thousands of likes, shares, and comments.

You can see them all by searching the hashtag #BondarInspires on any of these platforms!

You are welcome to add your own #BondarInspires story on any of these platforms.

November 5 2021

30th Anniversary Event

The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Toronto ON

Banner for 30th Anniversary Event

As she circled Earth aboard Space Shuttle Discovery, Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first female Canadian astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space, saw our planet from a different perspective.

It was during that historic flight that she committed to combine medicine, scientific research and knowledge of the environment to build hope for the future of humanity.

That eight-day journey also inspired this foundation to do just that.

Nov 22 2021
Kenneth Armstrong, SooToday .com
How experiences growing up in the Sault led to Roberta Bondar’s mission in space

Nov 19 2021
88.7 myFM News staff, NapaneeToday .ca
Celebrations planned for 30th anniversary of Dr. Roberta Bondar going to space

Nov 17 2021
96.7 News staff, PTBOtoday .ca
Celebrations planned for 30th anniversary of Dr. Roberta Bondar going to space

Nov 5 2021
Brian Kelly, Sault Star online
Bondar’s space flight recognized

September 8 2021


Canadian Federation of University Women – Northumberland
30th Anniversary scholarship fundraiser

CFUW Poster

Dr. Roberta Bondar was the scheduled guest speaker at CFUW-Northumberland’s 30th Anniversary scholarship fundraiser. Her subject? Counselling views that are Open to the Universe ~ Changing Perspective on a Moving Planet

A moderated Q&A followed this Zoom presentation.

July 27 2021

Summer Camp Bondar Challenge at Riverview Park and Zoo

Riverview Park and Zoo / Otonobee Conservation Authority
The Peterborough Examiner

Image of a great blue heron in water

As camps slowly recover from last year’s closures, we are happy to see them return to programming that connects youth with nature and allows them to explore their surroundings.

The Riverview Park and Zoo delivers the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge to youths ages 9-15 in partnership with the Otonobee Conservation Authority as two-week programs. Participants learn a variety of basic to advanced photography techniques which they can apply as they explore the outdoors.
Caroline McConnell spotlights its Summer Photography Contest.

Last year, The Riverview Park and Zoo programs produced many award winning images from participants!

The Riverview Park and Zoo Information and Camp Registration.

June 25 [July-August] 2021

Species At Risk

Above & Beyond; Canada’s Arctic Journal
Inflight Magazine for Canadian North

Image by Roberta Bondar of Whooping Cranes in pond from air

A recent collaboration between The Roberta Bondar Foundation and Wood Buffalo National Park-Parks Canada appears in this summer’s edition of Above & Beyond; Canada’s Arctic Journal.

The article, Species at Risk, briefly reviews the current status of the last wild, migratory flock of Whooping Cranes, North America’s largest bird.

It introduces the newest tool to augment the extant programs that monitor the Whooping Crane. Project designer-photographer Dr. Roberta Bondar’s Space For Birds | AMASS research project links ground, aerial, and satellite photography perspectives to provide and document more detailed information on the risks, distances, and flightpaths the Whooping Crane takes in land, water, and air environments.

What can a collaboration of perspectives produce? Check out the AMASS Species Migratory Journeys individually featured on their individual species StoryMaps.


NASA releases its new ISS research feature on our Space Station Images Trace Bird Migrations.

May 13, 2021

Looking Forward

Anishinabek Nation
First virtual Migizii Doodem (‘Eagle Clan’) Forum

Image of the Great lakes from space

Canadian astronaut and neurologist Dr. Roberta Bondar was honoured to provide the keynote presentation at the first virtual Eagle Clan Forum. Coming together to host this virtual event, the Anishinabek Nation Education Secretariat and Labour Market Development Department focused this 3-day conference on emerging opportunities in education and employment.

Dr. Bondar, who thrives on Looking Forward shared her views that there are unlimited ideas yet to be tapped and discovered about the universe, about our planet, and about ourselves, emphasizing the future demands for innovation.

“We want to remind our people, our young people, that things may be strange and different now, but there is a future, and we want everyone to be invested in it, in learning, in knowing, in being connected to where we’ve come from and where we can go,” says Polly Bobiwash, Director of Labour Market Development Department. “It’s different, but it’s exciting.”

May 7, 2021

Space Station Images Trace Bird Migrations

Houston TX
NASA Johnson

NASA released its new ISS research feature on our Space For Birds | AMASS research project in time to share on World Migratory Bird Day 2021.

AMASS project designer-photographer Dr Roberta Bondar, ISS astronaut-photographer Dr. David Saint-Jacques, and CEO Payload operator Andrea Meado relate their unique project views and commentary.

The ISS images are part of the space station’s Crew Earth Observation [CEO] project that has supported AMASS since 2016, by photographing locations of bird migration across the globe, for example, along the migratory paths of Lesser Flamingo, Piping Plover, Red Knot, Whooping Crane, and other species.

What can a collaboration of perspectives produce? Check out the story map of the Red Knot.

The AMASS Species Migratory Journeys are individually featured on their individual species StoryMaps

The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s Space For Birds | AMASS research project will host future exhibits and educational events.

Apr 28, 2021

This Is Our Shot, Canada!

Toronto ON
The Roberta Bondar Foundation

Dr. Roberta Bondar joins with thousands of Canadians to share her COVID-19 vaccination message for This Is Our Shot CA campaign. Speaking as a photographer, a physician, a neurologist, and an astronaut, she encourages us to complete our own vaccination path not only for ourselves and loved ones but also for those whose lives have yet to begin.

Once she is fully vaccinated, Dr. Bondar looks forward to resuming her international Space For Birds | AMASS research project documenting the lives and perils of endangered and migratory birds as they travel the world.

Apr 12, 2021

International Day of Human Space Flight

Dallas Fort Worth Texas
Consulate General of Canada in Dallas, United States

Image of Roberta Bondar and Betty Beaver

Making her splash in the southern U.S.A., Betty Beaver fosters friendships as she uncovers neat nuggets of neighbourly similarities and differences between Canadians and southwestern Americans.

Today, Betty interviews Dr. Roberta Bondar, the world’s first Neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, to celebrate the United Nation’s International Day of Human Space Flight.

Dr. Bondar talks about her most favorite memories growing up in Ontario and wanting to be an astronaut, the connection between space exploration and Nature conservation, her connections to the Southwest U.S., the the Whooping Cranes in Port Aransas, and how you can explore both Nature and space up close and comfortable while stuck at home!

Betty is destined to continue busy as a beaver for the Consulate General of Canada in Dallas Fort Worth.

Mar 16, 2021

Launch Day! Engineering Our Future Campaign

Toronto Ontario

Engineering Our Future poster

Launched online today on and in the National Post, the Engineering Our Future campaign.

Dr. Bondar details the need for and value of Diversity in education, cultural life experience, team collaborations, and group fieldwork.

“The Engineering Our Future campaign aims to bridge the knowledge gaps around equity in engineers, types of engineering, and the importance of the industry to Canada as a whole.”

Mar 2, 2021

International Space Station Images Trace Bird Migrations

International Space Station

The latest report about our AMASS / Space for Birds project is featured in today’s ISS Research News. Images are part of the space station’s Crew Earth Observation (CEO) project that has supported AMASS since 2016, by photographing locations of bird migration across the globe, for example, along the North American migratory path of the Whooping Crane.

The Space Station Research article outlines the international scope of AMASS, designed by Principal Investigator and Project Lead, Dr. Roberta Bondar, bringing its growth and achievement into current focus. Canadian astronaut Dr. David Saint-Jacques shares his point of view as a space station’s Crew Earth Observer who contributes to Bondar’s ground and aerial documentation.

Already the project’s bird migration images & species information are incorporated in the CSA’s Exploring Earth, an educational project using photos from space on an interactive map.

The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s AMASS project will host future exhibits and educational events. Its research group is creating online story maps to provide information about the biology and survival perils for each of seven species, along with images, video, and maps of land use changes.

What can a collaboration of perspectives produce? Check out the story map of the Lesser Flamingo.

Jan 16, 2021

Northern Ontario Diaries

Toronto Ontario
Harbourfront Centre

Ten Northern Ontario personalities serve up ten individual story slices from their lives in the auditory travel experience, Northern Ontario Diaries. Each person relates their own story in their own voice – told from different locations around Harbourfront Centre / Ontario Square – QR-code activated and/or speaker broadcast.

Dr Roberta Bondar tells her Moon Story as she joins fellow Northern Ontarians Patrick Hunter, Stephanie Piché, Barbara Nolan, Adrian Sutherland, Eva Bonjour-Liss & Luke Dinan, Annette Pateman, Jean E. Pendziwol, Waubgeshig Rice, and Wayne Taipale.

Jan 15, 2021


Toronto Ontario
The Roberta Bondar Foundation

Jan 2020
Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Vital insights

Image of Roberta Bondar in space

Canadian Geographic, magazine of the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society selected Dr. Roberta Bondar for her continued natural world exploration & communication skills to represent all Canadian astronauts, as one of 90 men & women who have made “major contributions to our understanding of Canada’s history and geography.”

Dr. Bondar inspires “a new generation of explorers, who are able to communicate about our natural world through science and fine arts.”


Apr 2020
Our New Online Bondar Challenge!

Online Bondar Challenge poster

We launched our Online Bondar Challenge – to give youth, their families and the public a chance to explore some of the acclaimed learning resources and activities we created for schools and several types of outdoor camps.

Visitors all welcomed to use The Foundation’s resources & discover how science, art, math, and language weave into a single program.


Sep 2020
AMASS – SpaceForBirds Launches Its Website

Image of two Whooping Cranes flying

The AMASS research project, also known as “Space for Birds”, now stretches its organizational wings to present enlarged, layered, and super detailed perspectives on the migratory pathways of several threatened and endangered avian species.

Bondar’s lifelong passion for flight and her view of Earth inspire her commitment to examine these migratory routes through the fusion of art and science.


Dec 2020
EcoSchools Canada teams up with The Roberta Bondar Foundation

Old EcoSchools and Roberta Bondar Foundation combination logo

As the largest bilingual, environmental certification program for kindergarten to grade 12 schools in the country, EcoSchools Canada makes available the Bondar Challenge to schools across the country as a part of the EcoSchools certification program.

Launched on Dr. Bondar’s 75th birthday, this partnership celebrates her ongoing contribution to inquiry, creativity, and conservation of the natural world.