Dr. Jane Goodall wraps up speaking tour in Toronto with lectures and presentation of inaugural scholarship

Friday, April 15, 2011 9:33:00 AM

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Jane Goodall and Zinta Zommers Jane Goodall, Claire-Helene Heese-Boutin, Donald Jackson
LEFT: Dr. Jane Goodall joins Dr. Zinta Zommers, of Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Group, as Dr. Zommers delivers a lecture examining recent controversies in conservation such as population growth around protected areas. 
RIGHT: B.A. student Claire
Helene HeeseBoutin, inaugural recipient of the Jane Goodall scholarship, is joined by Dr. Goodall and Professor Donald Jackson, Interim Director of the Centre for Environment (Photos by Justin Kim.)

By Lisa Tait

Acclaimed primatologist, UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), Dr. Jane Goodall, was recently in Canada for a whirl-wind Spring Tour promoting her unwavering message of hope in Toronto and Halifax and to wrap up a year-long 50th anniversary tour.  There were several events and a plethora of media while she was in Toronto from April 1-3 2011 including two events at the University of Toronto on April 1, a public lecture in conjunction with the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on April 2, and a celebration of Dr.  Goodall's 77th birthday on April 3.

Environment and Development Seminar & Jane Goodall Scholarship Presentation
On the afternoon of April 1, a special seminar and scholarship award presentation was jointly presented by the Centre for Environment and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. The inaugural Jane Goodall scholarship was awarded by Professor Donald Jackson, Interim Director of the Centre for Environment, to ClaireHelene HeeseBoutin who was personally recognized by Dr. Jane Goodall at the ceremony.  Claire-Helene is a honours B.A. student at the University of Toronto majoring in Caribbean Studies and Environmental Studies.  In addition, there was a special presentation by former University of Toronto student, Dr. Zinta Zommers of the Wildlife Conservation Research Group at University of Oxford, examining recent controversies in conservation such as population growth around protected areas and the role of the researcher.

Roots & Shoots event celebrates work of its members and champions
Earlier in the day on April 1, a JGI Roots & Shoots event was held in the Earth Sciences Building at the University of Toronto, celebrated the work of our dedicated Roots & Shoots members and future leaders, who continue to inspire and take part in extraordinary projects in their communities for people, animals, and the environment.  This event gave senior Roots & Shoots Champions the opportunity to share their ideas, inspiration, and projects with Dr. Goodall and our new Roots & Shoots recruits through song, video, and even rap!

Jane Goodall at the ROM April 2, 2011
Dr. Jane Goodall delivers a special lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum as a wrap-up to the 50th anniversary celebrations of her
pioneering research on the behaviour of chimpanzees.  (Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur.)

An Evening with Dr. Goodall at the Royal Ontario Museum
The next evening, on April 2, Dr. Goodall spoke to a thrilled audience of almost 800 in an exclusive engagement at the ROM, co-presented by the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity. In the wrap-up to the 50th anniversary celebrations of her pioneering research on the behaviour of chimpanzees, our closest animal relatives, guests were treated to stories from Dr. Goodall's time in the field, her reflections on global conservation issues, and her reasons for hope for the future of the planet.

Lisa Tait is Director, Development & Marketing at the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.  For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.ca or email Lisa at lisa@janegoodall.ca.