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Fraser River Discovery Centre to induct BCIT instructor to its hall of fame

Retired BCIT instructor Mark Angelo will be inducted into the Fraser River Discover Centre Hall of Fame in November. - NewsLeader file photo
Retired BCIT instructor Mark Angelo will be inducted into the Fraser River Discover Centre Hall of Fame in November.
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The man behind BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day will be inducted into the Fraser River Hall of Fame.

The Fraser River Discovery Centre announced retired BCIT instructor Mark Angelo will be its 2014 inductee at a dinner Nov. 6 at its New Westminster facility.

Angelo is founder and chair of B.C. Rivers Day and World Rivers Day which has spread to more than 60 countries. He has been a strong advocate for waterways for four decades promoting numerous river conservation and restoration initiatives. He helped with the successful restoration of Guichon Creek, which runs through BCIT's campus in Burnaby, and Still Creek in Vancouver and Burnaby.

He's also been a leader in the Heart of the Fraser campaign which the Discovery Centre describes as one of the most important conservation initiatives in Canada. The campaign sought "to conserve the enormous ecological values of one of the most productive stretches of the Lower Fraser River."

Angelo served as the first non-government representative and chair of the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board, first chair of the B.C. Heritage River System, and rivers chair for the Outdoor Recreational Council of B.C. He compiled an annual B.C.'s most endangered list for the council.

"Mr. Angelo's passion and dedication for rivers all over the world is vast and inspiring. His work right here at home is exceptional and most deserving of the Fraser River Hall of Fame honour," said Discovery Centre executive director Catherine Ouellet-Martin. "For decades Mr. Angelo has directed his effort to the restoration and conservation of creeks and streams, as well as major rivers of the Fraser River Basin, applying the same unending passion and inspiring dedication each and every time."

Angelo was head of BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program before being appointed as the inaugural chair of its Rivers Institute. He continues to serve as chair emeritus.

His latest project is a feature-length documentary, River Blue, about protecting rivers around the world.

The induction will be the latest in a long line of honours for the Burnaby resident. They include the Order of Canada, the United Nations International Year of Fresh Water Stewardship Award, the Order of British Columbia, the National River Conservation Award and an honourary doctorate from Simon Fraser University.

More details and ticket information can be found at www.fraserriverdiscovery.org. Tickets will be available in August and can be obtained by calling 604-521-8401 or email info@fraserriverdiscovery.org.

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