Congratulations to Dayna Noltie of Canada and the Global Youth Biodiversity Network for their excellent work in networking youth internationally and their presence at COP11 in India. The award was presented by Biodiversitymatters and Director Mike Leveille (Above) at a recent gala in Ottawa.
Dayna Noltie first became involved with biodiversity work through creating educational conferences for over 300 local youth with the organization Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources. In 2009 she was an active participant in the Second International Youth Symposium for Biodiversity held in Ottawa. In further collaboration with POWER, she prepared the Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Nagoya, Japan. She also facilitated international youth participation in this meeting through online communication and the creation of two side events, one about international youth biodiversity projects and the other about a potential platform for participation at the Convention. For the past two years she has worked to make this potential platform a reality as a member of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network Interim Steering Committee. This past summer she finally succeeded in this goal, travelling to Berlin, Germany, for the Official Kick-Off Meeting of the Network. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, and hopes that one day youth participation at the Convention on Biological Diversity will parallel that seen at the Convention on Climate Change.