2018 #SFTop25 finalist - Lisa Wang
HOMETOWN: Toronto, Ontario
TRADITIONAL TERRITORY: Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied Nations.
Lisa Wang’s devotion to protecting the environment in her community and at a provincial level is truly inspirational to her peers and mentors. Her nominator writes: “Lisa is one of the most inspiring youth I have ever had the pleasure of working with… Lisa has taught me that youth can be driving forces for positive environmental change, and to be optimistic for the future.”
For three years, Lisa has been an active member of Ontario Nature’s Youth Council, a group of over 80 members throughout Ontario with a strong voice for nature that are dedicated to connecting, inspiring and educating their communities.
Her enthusiasm and passion for environmental stewardship is immensely admirable. The Youth Council began a campaign to protect pollinators, as they are vital to ecosystem health and the economy. As an advocate for pollinator health and protection, Lisa has planted native trees and wildflowers at one of Toronto’s nature reserves and has hosted numerous initiatives at her school, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
To Lisa, it was critical that Marc Garneau C.I. became a part of the Bee Schools initiative, an initiative from Bee City Canada for schools to declare commitments to protect and raise awareness for native pollinators and their habitat.
She not only wanted to raise awareness about the issue of pollinator decline, but to take tangible action within her school’s community to save our native pollinators. Lisa spearheaded a successful campaign for Marc Garneau C.I. to officially become a Bee School in 2017, and was the second high school in Canada to commit to protecting native pollinators and their habitat.
Her commitment to pollinator health created a buzz online. Lisa launched a social media campaign to promote pollinator diversity and developed promotional and public education materials for pollinator conservation.
Lisa’s work on advocating for pollinator health and the natural environment will continue as she heads to university in the fall. As her nominator wrote: “Her optimistic attitude, innovative spirit and drive to create positive change in her community will continue throughout her university career and beyond.”