Through bursary funding provided by the Hamilton Conservation Foundation, we were privileged to have attended the 18th Annual A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium. We found ourselves uniquely positioned as the only student attendees from HCA and the fact the Foundation made it possible for us to attend demonstrates their contribution to awareness and capacity for conservation programs. Participating in the symposium created new connections, led to learning opportunities and provided the forum for us to participate in dialogue with like-minded environmental leaders. It has validated our work as well as future career aspirations; delivering inspirational ideas and reinforcing our passion. The desire to contribute further in helping to improve the natural environment has certainly been strengthened. So much more needs to be done and we are now better equipped to help educate and guide others to make positive environmental change in our daily lives.
Nicholas Schwetz, Maegen Wardell & Juliana Lopez – November 2011