FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 18, 2011
Halifax, NS - Just three days before the anniversary of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental leader Mary Gorman of the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition won the top prize at TVO's Green Heroes contest yesterday in Toronto. Mary was selected by the grand jury from seven category winners in the national contest. Winning the Grand Prize means Mary and the need to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas will be featured profile on TVOs Green Heroes series next fall.
"What happened? What happened was they said 'and the winner is...' and they called my name!" said an exuberant Mary Gorman, contacted just after the awards ceremony at Toronto's Green Living Show, "On a more serious note, to be selected from such an eminent list of activists, innovators and experts means the judges recognized that the fight to stop oil and gas in the Gulf has national and even international significance. For this, I could not be more grateful."
Ms. Gorman added,"The fact that this award was announced just three days before the anniversary of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico means we all need to reflect on what risks we are taking with our precious Gulf of St. Lawrence."
The Gulf of St. Lawrence is currently threatened with oil and gas drilling, which could begin as soon as next year. Meanwhile, a coalition of environmental, Aboriginal, and fisheries groups are working hard to stop this risky development in its tracks.
"I nominated Mary because her spirit embodies what we love about the Gulf itself: it is powerful, beautiful, and unique," says Gretchen Fitzgerald, Director of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club Canada, "I am thrilled that this award recognizes all that Mary has done and continues to do to protect the environment. It should also inspire us all to meet her challenge: to stop oil in the Gulf."
Sierra Club Atlantic issued a questionnaire to all federal leadership candidates in Atlantic Canada today, asking them to state what they will do to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence, an ecosystem bounded by five provinces.
For more information, please contact:
Mary Gorman, Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition, 902-759-5963 (cell)
Gretchen Fitzgerald, Director, Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter, (902) 444-3113 or firstname.lastname@example.org