International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

October 28, 2005 15:46 ET

IFAW recognizes British Columbia resident

with prestigious Animal Action Award Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 28, 2005) - Local resident Julia Axenroth was among 10 distinguished Canadians honoured this week at the 2005 IFAW Animal Action Awards.

By the age of 17, Julia's accomplishments in animal welfare are impressive. She is well supported in her community, demonstrated by the several people and groups that nominated this phenomenal young woman for an Animal Action Award.

Julia has focused her energy on mobilizing others into action to improve animal welfare in her community and abroad. As the founder and President of her local Roots & Shoots group - the Jane Goodall Institute youth action program, Julia has motivated her fellow students to raise awareness and take action on behalf of local animal groups and international organizations. Additionally, Julia is a Director of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and gives talks to the public and in her school about animal welfare.

Other 2005 award recipients were the Minister of Environment, Stéphane Dion, recognized for his dedication to protecting Canada's seabirds through his leadership on Bill C-15, and well-loved media figure Vicki Gabereau for her ongoing commitment to companion animals. Other winners were from New Brunswick, Alberta, the Yukon, Ontario and Quebec.

IFAW's Animal Action Awards are part of IFAW's Animal Action Week, an annual event that celebrates people around the world who play a valuable role in saving and protecting animals.

"The Animal Action Awards are IFAW's chance to acknowledge and celebrate those special individuals who do outstanding work for animals," said Barb Cartwright, IFAW's Animal Action Week Coordinator. "Every year we receive hundreds of nominations from people and organizations across the country."

"Julia is an exceptional young woman who motivates others to care for animals of all types and is already ready to help in a crisis. Her accomplishments at such a young age serve as an inspiration to everyone! It is an honour to recognize her with this award," said Cartwright.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well being of both animals and people around the world. IFAW is dedicated to reducing commercial exploitation of wildlife, protecting habitats and assisting animals in distress.

/For further information: Contact: Barbara Cartwright (IFAW) Tel: 1 (613) 241-8996; Email: IN: ENVIRONMENT

Contact Information

  • Barbara Cartwright, IFAW's Animal Action Week Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 613-241-8996
    Toll-Free: 888-500-4329