The Petitcodiac River Award is presented yearly by Petitcodiac Riverkeeper to recognize individuals, businesses, groups or government agencies that have made a significant contribution towards protecting, promoting or restoring the Petitcodiac River ecosystem.
The 2020 Petitcodiac River Award went to artist-photographer Serge Martin. Serge Martin has photographed the multifaceted Petitcodiac River on a daily basis and has taken countless pictures of exceptional quality and beauty. With diligence and great care and through various social media sites, he has shared his photos with the communities surrounding the Petitcodiac River, which has brought him an ever-increasing number of followers on the Internet.
This has greatly contributed to reawakening the sense of wonder and pride our fellow citizens feel for their rediscovered river, which can be seen by the growing influx of walkers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts, tidal bore watchers and occasional surfers – all highlighting the river’s increasing recreation and ecotourism potential.
There is no doubt that Serge Martin shares the same goals and values as Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeeper in promoting, protecting, restoring, and safeguarding the Petitcodiac River. It is therefore with great pleasure and recognition that we present him with the Petitcodiac River Award 2020.
View Serge’s amazing photos:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/martinjjs
Past Award Winners
École Amirault in Dieppe for its education project on the Petitcodiac River
Environment Canada’s Office of Enforcement for the Atlantic Region, in Halifax, for its investigative work in resolving two long outstanding toxic discharge cases affecting Jonathan Creek (the former Moncton riverside landfill) and Humphreys Brook (textile mill effluent discharges)
The arts community as a whole, for its generosity and long-standing commitment to the cause of restoring free flow to the Petitcodiac River
Province of New Brunswick for their work in carrying out and overseeing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for removal of the Petitcodiac River causeway
Mascaret Newspaper for its press coverage of watershed issues and promotion of the social and cultural values of the Petitcodiac River.
Peter Etheridge for his leadership in establishing the Fundy Biosphere Reserve, an initiative where communities, policy-makers, resource managers and scientists work cooperatively to achieve a greater degree of sustainability between human development and ecosystem health.
L’école Le Mascaret and local artist Reg Noël for their project titled “Mon école, ma fierté” including a 33-panel mural of the Petitcodiac River made from copper
Marc ”Chops” Arsenault received the 2009 Petitcodiac River Award for his outstanding work producing the two music compilations for the Petitcodiac river: Pet-kout-koy-ek Songs for a river in 1996 and PETITCODIAC in 2009.
Victore LeBlanc, fisherman from Belliveau Village for his perseverance for the last 40 years following the construction of the causeway. LeBlanc never stopped believing that one day the fish would come back and that the river would be restored.
Chief Joseph Knockwood (Centre) from the Fort Folly First Nations received the Petitcodiac River Award for his contribution throughout the years.
Melvin Perez received the award on behalf of all surfers as 2013 was known as the “Year of the Surf” on the Petitcodiac River.