May 16, 2014 – Orillia, ON
An award-winning environmental consultant, writer, artist, nature photographer, educator, and naturalist will receive Lakehead University’s 2014 Civitas Award. The award recipient, Robert Bowles of Orillia, is known throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka regions for his exemplary ecological stewardship.
The Civitas Award, given annually to a community member who has made a significant contribution to the University’s Orillia campus, will be awarded to Bowles at Lakehead’s Convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 7 (10:00 am) at Rotary Place, West Orillia Sports Complex.
Bowles’ connection to Lakehead University goes back to 2006 – the summer preceding the opening of the downtown Orillia campus — when he was approached by biologist and Lakehead Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Nanda Kanavillil to help set up environmental research studies for students.
“Robert’s relationship with Lakehead has continued to grow,” said Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “His efforts and wisdom continue to provide our students, faculty, and staff with an exceptional understanding of complex ecosystems while forging valuable ties with their communities.”
“He is a true friend of Lakehead’s Orillia campus; one who promotes the University’s mission wherever he goes,” added Stevenson.
Among his many achievements, Bowles has founded Kids for Turtles Environmental Education, Friends of Scout Valley, and the Muskoka and Carden Field Naturalist groups. He also hosts the Rogers Cable TV series “Focus on Nature with Bob Bowles” and writes a weekly science and nature column for the Orillia Packet & Times.
Bowles is a member of the Community Relations Sub-committee of the Orillia Campus Advisory Committee and he is a frequent guest lecturer in programs such as Humanities 101.
Past Civitas Award winners include: Will McGarvey (2013); Anderson Charters (2012); Paul Weber (2011); former mayor of Orillia, Ron Stevens (2010); Lloyd Dennis (2009); and Sue Mulcahy (2008).
Over 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s convocation ceremony. In addition to conferring approximately 420 degrees at our Orillia campus, The Honourable Mary Anne Chambers, former Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, will receive an honorary doctorate of laws.
Lakehead University will confer over 2,000 degrees at its Convocation ceremonies in Orillia and Thunder Bay between May 30 and June 7.
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Bob Bowles will receive the 2014 Lakehead University Civitas Award at the University’s Orillia campus Convocation on June 7.
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