The Canada Games wins the highest environmental distinction in Quebec
Lastnight, David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, presented the Host Society of the Canada Summer Games– Sherbrooke 2013 with a Phénix environmental award, the highest recognition in this field in Quebec.
With more than 100 environmental specialists from Quebec in attendance at the National Assembly for the occasion, the Minister highlighted the Sherbrooke 2013 organization’s exceptional character and achievements in responsible consumption and sound waste management.
After having received the Coup d’Éclat from the Société des Attractions Touristiques du Québec and Festivals et Québec, Coup de Coeur award from the Conseil régional de l’Environnement de l’Estrie, the CSTA 2014 PRESTIGE Award for Sustainable Sport Event of the Year, the Prix Vivats for Matière résiduelles, the Coup de coeur’s 2014 Grand Vivats award, and the Sherbrooke Ville équitable’s Prix Distinction 2014, this seventh award demonstrates once again the remarkable success of this event that thrilled the region in the summer of 2013.
These Games stuck to their promise of being the greenest Games in history and becoming the ultimate benchmark in sustainable development events in Canada, according to Deputy CEO, Planning and Sport Programming and Interim CEO, Michel Dussureault, speaking at the award ceremony last evening. “This recognition reflects back on the Eastern Townships, the 6300 volunteers, and the 450 members of the Cascades Green Team who made people across Canada realize that it was possible to do things differently, that it was possible to organize an event in a responsible and sustainable manner.”
Manager of Sustainable Development Patrice Cordeau similarly recalled with pride the creation of the FEVE organization (Festivals et Événement Verts de l’Estrie—green festivals and events), which stemmed from the Host Society’s legacy and has the mandate to ensure the longevity of the environmentally responsible movement started by the Games. “From this point on, all event organizers in Estrie have the option to go green by using FEVE’s services. The seed that was planted in 2013 is already bearing fruit, and we congratulate
Eventhe euphoric crowds emerging from Pink Martini performances would be hard pressed to define the genre-busting band’s ecstatically fun mix of styles, from Latin jazz, Brazilian samba and AfroCuban rumba to Japanese film noir and sultry ’30s cabaret songs, creating an exhilarating sound that drapes a global perspective on romance. The 15-piece “little orchestra” includes violins, trumpets, trombone, cello, harp, congas – with Thomas Lauderdale at the piano and China Forbes singing.
After their wildly successful 2012 performance, Kingdom County Productions will stage the return visit by Pink Martini—7:30pm, Saturday, September 27th at Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy. The “little orchestra” will be joined on stage for several numbers by “The von Trapp’s” – four young members of the famous family that inspired “The Sound of Music.” Tickets for the concert are now on sale at KingdomCounty. org or by calling 802748-2600. Information is also available at Kingdom County office – 802-3574616.
Pink Martini is from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1994 by pianist Lauderville, who was joined a year later