Meet our Adopt-a-Spirit Bear Honour Roll.
The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition salutes our champions: Hunting Hills High School Environment Club, Bud Norquist, Jessa Cleveland, Miss Campbell’s grade 5 & 6 classes at Skyline School, Josh Spear, Cory Cleveland, former mayor of Vancouver Sam Sullivan, Crescent School, Speakers’ Spotlight, Mari Bardavilias, Cimarron Middle School (who adopted two bears), Monsignor O’Neil Elementary School and CanTrav.
All of these individuals and schools are true heroes for the spirit bear.
The remarkable generosity of our adopters has enabled us to advocate for creating British Columbia’s first wildlife sanctuary – one that protects all bears on the BC coast from trophy hunting and, in the doing, helps safeguard the gene pool of the unique, endangered Kermode subspecies.
By taking a leadership role in this issue, our adopters have not only strengthened the voices of their bears, but also the voice of every remaining spirit bear.
Equally, all funds raised have immeasurably aided our volunteer-run efforts to speak to thousands of citizens, mobilize all stakeholders, facilitate debate on the issue across Canada and articulate our solution-based approach to saving the spirit bear with every decision maker at all levels.
Each adopter has been celebrated one our home page, received a celebratory and personal video message from our founder, and have been sent a limited edition print of the spirit bear (as well as an e-adoption kit).
In 2011, Crescent Boys School won our yearly contest to have founder Simon Jackson speak at their school during Earth Week and in 2012, Monsignor O’Neil Elementary School won the contest.
Every voice counts. Every voice matters. And with every added voice, we are one step closer to saving the spirit bear.
And thanks to each adopter, the spirit bear’s future is much brighter already.