Conservation champion chosen

Faye Smith has been protecting habitat for salmon for 20 years

Arrowview and Bowser Elementary School children sang songs about the environment Thursday to a sold out crowd at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Thursday Night.

Over 300 children sang environmentally conscious songs to a sold-out crowd at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre Thursday night.

It was called Voices of Nature and it involved both Arrowview and Bowser Elementary Schools performing songs they had been practising with folk singers Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright since October.

Held in conjunction with the local Brant Festival, the event also saw the first Brant Wildlife Festival community conservation champion award go out, to Faye Smith of the Mid Island Habitat Enhancement Society.

Smith was chosen by Tim Clermont, with the Nature Trust of B.C., Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek and Parksville Mayor Chris Burger.

Clermont said Smith is very active with the local stream keepers and with water quality monitoring and riparian restoration along the Englishman River. She has helped implement rain garden projects in the area and has been the local driving force behind protecting stream habitat for salmon species for over 20 years.