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Ontario/ online

Monica Seidel

Project Lead

Learn about the 13 whale species that call the St. Lawrence home and see how you can help them in this bilingual colouring book! Perfect for grade 3-6 students, and everyone who has a passion for the ocean and the cetaceans that call it home.

Project Description

This bilingual ecology colouring book will introduce grade 3-6 students and their families to the thirteen whale species that visit the St. Lawrence River and ways people can help their populations thrive. Each species spotlight features a hand-drawn colouring page by an Ottawa-area artist as well as ecological information about the species such as their diet and habitat needs. The book also includes space for students to write their observations and questions about whales, and provides them with action steps they can take in their community to benefit local whale populations. The creation of this book is supported by two environmental charities: Ocean Wise, and Watersheds Canada.

This project has been created in commemoration of the lives of all the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, including two Ocean Bridge ambassadors, Danielle Moore and Micah Messent. We aspire to carry on their legacy and commitment to making the world a better place by creating long-lasting impacts with a firm commitment to driving positive change for the environment and our ocean. We will never forget the light that Danielle and Micah brought to the world and will continue to keep them in our hearts. To learn more about these two amazing people, please visit: Honouring Danielle and Micah  – Ocean Wise. This work is partially funded by the Commemoration Fund for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy.

What was your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge I faced was the tight deadlines to spend the money. I navigated this by working with vendors that I had a pre-existing relationship with through my work which allowed me to cut down on the turn-around time and also helped me know I would receive a quality product back.

What was your most valuable takeaway?

Whales are amazing! I’m honoured to have the opportunity to inspire action and passion for them with my project.

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