By Maple Ridge News
Two local woman are among 60 nominees for YWCA Metro Vancouver’s 31st annual Women of Distinction Awards.
Diana Allen of Pitt Meadows is one of the first hydro geologists in the world to systematically study the potential effects of climate change on groundwater sources, Allen’s research addresses critical sustainability issues.
She combines excellence in hydrogeological research with a steadfast commitment to collaborating with the local communities where she works.
“I am dedicated to promoting sustainable and safe drinking water to all people,” said Allen.
“Of utmost importance is provision to clean water to children both in Canada and abroad because even for the poverty stricken, access to clean water is a human right.”
Allen has worked extensively with the B.C. government and has made important contributions to the development of public policy.
She recently led a SFU inter-disciplinary research team studying effects of climate change on human health and ecosystem health.
Allen is nominated in the environmental sustainability category.
Thomas Haney secondary vice-principal Kristi Blakeway has also been named as a candidate for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
Blakeway’s work with Beyond Hello and Project HELLO, and her ability to inspire students to make a difference in the lives of those on the Downtown Eastside and elsewhere, earned her the nomination.
She has been nominated in the Education, Training, and Development category.
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