CASCADE 2012 National Award Winners
Canadian Association of Science Centres
CASCADE 2012 National Award Winners
At their 10th annual Awards Gala held in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 5th, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) announced the 3 institutional and 2 individual winners of the CASCADE Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in science and technology engagement by its members. Included this year was the launch of a new award for Best Energy Literacy Project, supported by the Let’s Talk Energy Initiative of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. Congratulations, winners!
Outstanding Career Achievement: 2012 CASCADE Winners
Ontario Science Centre
Lesley Lewis is the CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. Under her leadership, the OSC has significantly renewed two-thirds of its public spaces, focusing on embracing new audiences, engaging visitors of all ages with science, scientists and innovation as well as incorporating current science news into daily offerings.
Her efforts and vision to expand the role of science centres beyond places for families with children to places for curious and interested people of all ages; and beyond fun experiences to experiences that contribute to the development of a scientifically literate society, is a benefit for all Canadian science centres, and science centres world-wide.
Contact: Anna Relyea, Director, Strategic Communications, Ontario Science Centre
Tel: 416-696-3273. Email email@example.com
Making a Difference 2012 CASCADE
For the past 14 years, Linda Bissett has graciously volunteered her time, knowledge and commitment to Science North. Having studied animal behaviour at the University of Toronto, Linda’s devotion to animal care and wellbeing translates to all visitors that she interacts with on a daily basis.
Linda is recognized within Science North and the science centre industry as a shining example of volunteer excellence through her accomplishments and outstanding work ethic. She is a true ambassador and has set the standard for what a volunteer is and should be.
Contact: Nadim Kara, Director of Organizational Development, Tel: 705-522-3701 ext. 286. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Onsite Program: 2012 CASCADE Winner
Best Program 2012 CASCADE
By Vancouver Aquarium
Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers, ensuring that they have the most current scientific information regarding seafood and help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions.
Contact: Ann-Marie Copping, Ocean Wise Manager, Vancouver Aquarium, 604-659-3492, Email: email@example.com
Best Exhibit or Show – Large Institution: 2012 CASCADE Winner
By the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Sciences
Terra Mutantès by the Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke is a multimedia and multi-sensory show that offers an immersive trip through time in search of the natural history of the planet. Visitors take a seat around an interactive table that is surrounded by screens. They experience wind, snow, and event the trembling of the earth brought on by the origination of the Appalachian mountains.
Contact: Marie-Claude Bibeau, Director General, 819-564-3200 ex. 227. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Energy Literacy Project 2012 CASCADE
“BC Green Games”
By Science World British Columbia
Science World’s BC Green Games is an annual digital media contest designed to encourage K-12 students to document and share their environmental action stories on topics such as energy conservation, transportation, school yard greening, recycling, composting and community stewardship.
Contact: Kate Henderson, Digital Outreach and Teacher Support Specialist, Science World at TELUS World of Science, Vancouver, BC. 604-443-7563. Email email@example.com
About CASC and Canada’s Science Centres
The Canadian Association of Science Centres builds capacity for science centres and museums to inspire a creative and prosperous Canada through science and technology engagement. More than 8 million people, nearly a quarter of Canada‘s population, visit member organisations of the Canadian Association of science centres each year. Members of the association include science centres and museums, children‘s museums, nature centres, planetariums, outreach organisations and their supporters. Its services for science centres include a National Awards program to recognize and share outstanding science engagement projects, professional development to support the sharing of best practices, the provision of educational resources, and collaborative projects that encourage more and innovative free choice science learning.