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New Executive Director to lead CPAWS Southern Alberta

  • Published on Jun 18 2010 |
  • This article is tagged as: alberta

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Gord James, Board Chair of the Southern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (“CPAWS SAB”), is pleased to announce that Anne-Marie Syslak, Acting Executive Director for CPAWS SAB since November 6, 2009, will assume the position of Executive Director, effective May 17, 2010.

This appointment reflects the leadership that Syslak has demonstrated during the past six months, as she led the Chapter in implementing CPAWS\' national and Alberta conservation strategies. "Anne-Marie’s leadership of the SAB Chapter’s education program, during the past few years -- combined with her knowledge of the Chapter\'s conservation strategy and her passion for wilderness protection -- uniquely qualify her to lead the Chapter”, said James. Under Syslak\'s leadership, the Chapter won the prestigious 2008 Emerald Award for a community-based conservation program that has inspired 65,000 school children over the years to protect southern Alberta\'s grizzly bears and endangered species.

Syslak holds a B. Sc., a B. Ed., and a M.Sc. in Environmental Education.

CPAWS is one of Canada’s most respected not-for-profit conservation groups. Grounded in conservation biology, CPAWS strives to set an inspiring new standard for the integrity of the Canadian wilderness. Since its founding in 1963, CPAWS has led in the protection of over 40 million hectares of Canada’s threatened wild lands, and has engaged more than 20,000 members in 13 grassroots chapters across Canada. CPAWS has publicly stated its intention to keep 50 percent of all public land and water across Canada permanently wild. Working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders, including First Nations peoples, CPAWS\' conservation vision was realized, in 2009, when the federal government increased the size of Nahanni National Park, seven-fold, permanently protecting 30,000 square kilometres or an area the size of Vancouver Island.

Prosperity and growth in Alberta have brought major changes, and public consensus indicates that economic development has been accomplished at the loss of environmental values. Known for its pragmatic and effective support for conservation and protection of Alberta’s Parks and Public lands, CPAWS SAB has built a solid foundation on the policy and conservation front – these values and commitments will remain the touchstone of our policy moving forward.