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What’s the Latest at The Roberta Bondar Foundation?

 

A sample of media articles about The Roberta Bondar Foundation, its educational programs and activities along with some of Dr Bondar’s public appearances that reference The Foundation.

 

Ottawa, March 8, 2019
Life Reflected — National Arts Centre

Life Reflected posterOn International Women’s Day, the NAC Orchestra will present its signature creation, Life Reflected, a richly emotional and immersive orchestral experience to reflect musical portraits of four exceptional Canadian women: Roberta Bondar, Rita Joe, Alice Munro, and Amanda Todd.

Staged with eye-filling projections, composers Zosha Di Castri, Jocelyn Morlock, Nicole Lizée, and John Estacio teamed with photographers, singers, actors, stage, sound, & lighting designers create an audience immersion of integrated sounds, motion picture, and graphic design.

Life Reflected is what we at The Roberta Bondar Foundation call a Fusion Adventure — collaborations that merge the science in Arts + the art in Sciences. You can catch some of our Fusion Adventures here.

 


 

Windsor, Ontario
University of Windsor
February 28, 2019

Infinite Possibilities

As part of the University of Windsor’s Science Society Speaker Series, Dr. Roberta Bondar talks about the “Infinite Possibilities” she considers valuable for our future lives and career paths.

“Having Roberta Bondar at the University of Windsor is going to give students and community members alike the opportunity to learn from one of the most decorated Canadian female scientists of our time,” said Anshika Jain, VP External for the University of Windsor Science Society. “These kinds of events are crucial to inspiring the next generation of young scientists and we are very excited to be a part of that.” [via City Desk @TheWindsorStar 2019-0226]

 

RELATED WEB FEATURE:

March 1 2019
Sharon Hill, WindsorStar .com
Never stop learning, don’t eat yellow Jell-O in space — astronaut Roberta Bondar


 


Ottawa, Ontario / International Space Station [ISS]
January 22, 2019

Exploring Earth

In a live-streamed event, the astro launch team of David Saint-Jacques (on ISS), Roberta Bondar and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons (Ottawa) introduced Exploring Earth – an educational project using photos from space for an interactive map revealing images of geological and man-made features taken by Dr. Saint-Jacques from space. Dr. Bondar contributes blog entries on migratory bird habitats – wetlands, their biodiversity and avian species – along with her images and video clips from her surface and helicopter vantage points.

Additionally, part of this mission is to provide film and data for the Roberta Bondar Foundation’s current AMASS/Protecting Space For Birds research project.

New multi-media content is added weekly as map features are written by experts in several fields: water bodies, terrestrial biomes, the cryosphere, weather, the human footprint, and more!

Dr. Bondar wished Dr. Saint-Jacques well on his voyage and thanked him “on behalf of the Roberta Bondar Foundation for participating in our migratory bird project. Hopefully we’ll be able to show people the vast distances that birds also have to fly over the surface of our planet across borders that they can’t see (the way you can’t see them from space).”

Speaking from the ISS, Saint-Jacques thanked her for the opportunity to contribute [to the AMASS project], saying, “It’s a beautiful project and we share this planet with many other species and we have a responsibility to share it, to be decent roommates with the other species on our planet.”

 

RELATED WEB FEATURES:

February 11 2019
Elizabeth Howell, SpaceCom
European Space Agency Celebrates Women in Science with Astro Pi Challenge; Sidey-Gibbons said her main inspiration for becoming an astronaut was a female role model: former Canadian spaceflyer Roberta Bondar

January 26 2019
Elizabeth Howell, SpaceCom
Canada’s First Woman in Space Reflects on the Milestone Year That Is 2019

January 25 2019
Paul Nicholson, Special to Postmedia News
The World Outdoors: Roberta Bondar connects view from space to bird migration

January 24 2019
Tanya Kirnishni, Canadian Geographic online
Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques launches a new educational initiative — from space

January 22 2019
Leah Larocque, CTVNews (Ottawa)
Out of This World Conversation

Christopher Whan, GlobalNews (Ottawa)
Canadian Space Agency launches new interactive activity at Science and Tech Museum

PR Newswire Markets/Business Insider
David Saint-Jacques: Dare to explore… Earth! – New initiative teaches about Earth using pictures taken from space


 

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
December 14, 2018

A Fresh Crèche

A winged, interfaith figure welcomes viewers to consider marginalized youth, immigrants, refugees, and invite onlookers to consider issues of Inclusivity, Homelessness and, moving forward, Hope. This is Red Deer Lake United Church’s Nativity Scene as envisioned by artist Larry Stilwell for Rev Nick Coates’ challenge – make it ethnically appropriate and suggest how the scene might look today, in 2018.

Of his installation, visual artist Larry Stilwell says the life size characters look viewers “square in the eye”.

In its online statement, the church says that “by contemporizing some of the traditional imagery and by decolonizing some of the characters, the hope is to create a scene that sparks curiosity, engagement, and wonder, and causes people to hear that invitation and enter into this story in a new way.”

What caught our eye is Stilwell’s set of the modern international magi representing love and hope in a gift of music, healing and space exploration in a gift of knowledge, and warmth and teaching in a gift of blanket. The Three are the recognizable figures of singer-songwriter Michael Franti, scientist-neurologist Dr. Roberta Bondar, and AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde.

Check it out! Let Stilwell’s installation engage your imagination, too. Chacun à sa crèche!

 

RELATED WEB FEATURE:

December 14 2018
CalgaryHerald .com
Local church provides fresh and relevant take on the nativity scene

December 18 2018
Carolyn Kury de Castillo, GlobalNews .ca
Calgary nativity scene with new faces in manger meant to spark discussion

December 19 2018
Canadian Press via VancouverCourier .com
Calgary church’s inclusive, cross-cultural nativity scene turning heads

December 19 2018
Canadian Press via CBC .ca
Calgary church’s inclusive, cross-cultural nativity scene turns heads

December 19 2018
Brad MacLeod, CTVNews(Calgary) .ca
New Nativity


 

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
November 14-29, 2018

Bondar exhibition in Egypt

Showcased at the Biodiversity Innovation and Solutions Fair during the UN Biodiversity Conference are some of Dr Roberta Bondar’s photographic images featuring wide-ranging bio-diverse portraits of both North American and African species from varied ecosystems.

In this space dedicated to display innovations, technologies and solutions with application for the conservation of biological diversity, The Roberta Bondar Foundation presents this Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience to support Dr. Bondar’s global efforts to raise awareness of species at risk and to include a glimpse of The Foundation’s newest research & education project, Avian Migration Aerial Surface Space [AMASS].

The Foundation includes this TELE to inspire and promote biodiversity conservation in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the post-2020 biodiversity agenda as Sharm El Sheikh hosts the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties [COP14] to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Attendees aim to accelerate transformations needed to achieve the three objectives of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity: conservation; sustainable use; and equitable sharing of the benefits resulting from the utilization of genetic resources.

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Barrie, Ontario
October 15, 2018
OrilliaMatters .com, Raymond Bowe

Roberta Bondar donates landscape images to RVH collection
‘I’ve always been able to bring technology to aid me with what I want to do in both art and science,’ says Bondar

Dr. Bondar donated eight of her landscape photographs to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre [RVH] through The Roberta Bondar Foundation. After several months display in Barrie hospital’s David McCullough Hearts and Minds Gallery, these images will form part of the RVH permanent collection.

Following the installation of these photographic images, Dr. Bondar addressed ethical leadership in her presentation “Leading Through Time and Space” to attendees of the RVH Leadership Program.

Pieces of the RVH collection display throughout RVH.

 

RELATED WEB FEATURE:

October 16 2018
Craig Momney, Barrie CTV News
Astronaut Donates Art

October 15 2018
Jon Meyer, Barrie360 .com
Canadian Astronaut Donates Eight Photographs to RVH


 

Fort Smith, NWT
August 25, 2018
CabinRadio .ca, Sarah Pruys

Fort Smith observatory named for Canada’s first female astronaut

On Friday night, Dr Roberta Bondar – Canada’s first female astronaut – was shocked when the Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society [TAWBAS] renamed its observatory after her!

The observatory, located in the Fort Smith Star Park, will now officially be called the Dr Roberta Bondar Northern Observatory.

“It’s really nice to be alive [for the renaming],” she said. “It’s a huge honour.”

Mike Couvrette, TAWBAS Chair, says the society chose to honour Bondar because of the important role she has played in the growth of the society.

The roll-off roof observatory, now named after the astronaut, has two telescopes for observing the sky.


 

Wood Buffalo National Park Dark Sky Preserve
August 23-26, 2018

2018 Dark Sky Festival

Dr. Roberta Bondar joined co-presenters Nicole Mortillaro and Roland Dechesne at the 4-day Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society‘s Dark Sky Festival.

This annual action-packed event occurs at the Fort Smith Star Park & Observatory and Wood Buffalo National Park Dark Sky Preserve.

 

Chief Frieda Martselos welcomes guests & Fort Smith community to the Traditional Lands of the Salt River First Nation:

Activities over this intense weekend include an Observatory tour, Night sky viewings, Model rocket making, AuroraNauts programs, seminars, workshops, astrophotography, WBNP nature excursions, Salt River FN ceremonies, Presenter’s workshops, Dinners, Rover competitions, Guest Presentations Q+A.

MORE IN OUR PHOTO GALLERY right here!

 

RELATED WEB FEATURE:

August 25 2018
Fort Smith observatory named for Canada’s first female astronaut
Dr Roberta Bondar – Canada’s first female astronaut – shocked!



 

The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Toronto, Ontario
August 9, 2018

A new education initiative from The Roberta Bondar Foundation, Avian Migration Aerial Surface Space [AMASS] seeks “to promote the protection of safe, sustainable habitats for migrating birds” with The Foundation’s regional and global partners. The Foundation aims to spark global conservation using its tools of “art and science, story telling and dynamic imagery to understand and communicate the scope and scale of international avian migratory pathways” and inspire people to act and to empower individual action.

The AMASS project will provide context and scale from different perspectives – surface, aerial, and spaceflight.

The Roberta Bondar Foundation launched its first official onsite aerial activity at Wood Buffalo National Park in early August
where it captured images and video footage of the endangered Whooping Crane, its nests, and its extensive habitat. The Whooping Crane is one of six migratory species to be examined.

The Foundation uses #AMASSflight to facilitate the project’s social media collation.

 

RELATED WEB FEATURE:

September 11, 2018
Photographing whooping cranes in Wood Buffalo with Roberta Bondar
A new project by The Roberta Bondar Foundation aims to raise awareness of dangers to migratory birds.


 

Peterborough, Ontario
July 27, 2018
Peterborough Examiner, Cliffford Skarstedt

Peterborough kids embrace adventure at Bondar Challenge camp

Children taking part in this year’s Bondar Challenge camp were at Beavermead Park Friday morning, learning about digital photography.

Spaces are still available for kids 9-15 in the Aug. 9-10 and Aug. 16-17 camps. The camps, presented by Riverview Park and Zoo and Otonabee Conservation and developed by the Roberta Bondar Foundation, run a day and a half and involve trips to the zoo, Beavermead and Warsaw Caves.

For further information or to register, visit the guest services building at the zoo, go to Riverview Park and Zoo Bondar Challenge or email riverviewparkandzoo@peterboroughutilities.ca

RELATED WEB FEATURES:

Aug 10 2018
Bondar Challenge takes kids to Warsaw Caves
Nature photography as part of the Bondar Challenge camp hosted by Otonabee Conservation and the Riverview Park & Zoo


 

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity
Montreal, Québec
Jun 9, 2018

Dr. Roberta Bondar delivered the Keynote address to inspire and cheer on the international delegates to the UN Convention of Biological Diversity #SB!2018.

This Subsidiary
Body on Implementation
(SBI) faced a week’s demanding agenda that included:
– Reviewing progress in the implementation of the Convention along with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020
– Global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism
– Cooperation with other conventions, international organizations and initiatives
– National reporting, and assessment and review

Her address, along with other program highlights, were live-streamed on Facebook.

After her Keynote address, Dr. Bondar sat for this interview.


 

The Chancellery of Honours | La Chancellerie des Distinctions Honorifiques
Ottawa, Ontario
Jun 29, 2018

Roberta Lynn Bondar, C.C., O.Ont.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

As a scientist and environmental advocate, Dr. Roberta Bondar continues to inspire Canadians. Following her pioneering spaceflight, she remained active in international space medicine, notably leading a research team at NASA that drew connections between astronauts’ recovery from microgravity and neurological illnesses on Earth. A world acclaimed photographer, she has demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability through her stunning works that reconnect people to our natural world. Leading by example with the establishment of her eponymous foundation, she is a champion of education and the environment.

This is a promotion within the Order.

The Chancellery of Honours | La Chancellerie des Distinctions Honorifiques Official Announcement

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July 1 2018
Sir James Dunn’s 1963 Sports Woman of the Year makes headlines across Canada
Excuse us, but those Canada Day headlines about Dr. Roberta Bondar are 26 years late!


 

Riverwood Conservancy
Mississauga, Ontario
June 8, 2018

Dr Roberta Bondar receives Inaugural Friend of Nature Award

At a special evening event, the Riverwood Conservancy honoured Dr Roberta Bondar with their Friend of Nature Award — the award’s launch and inauguration. The Riverwood Conservancy comprises 150 acres of City of Mississauga and Credit Valley Conservation river and wildlife areas, trails and public spaces.

L - R: Douglas Markoff Executive Director Riverwood, Ulrich Krull, Principal University of Toronto Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, Dr Roberta Bondar holding inaugural "Friend of Nature Award", Hazel McCallion, former Mayor Mississauga, & Kevin Sherwin, Chair Board of Directors

L – R: Douglas Markoff Executive Director Riverwood, Ulrich Krull, Principal University of Toronto Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, Dr Roberta Bondar holding inaugural “Friend of Nature Award”, Hazel McCallion, former Mayor Mississauga, & Kevin Sherwin, Chair Board of Directors

MORE IN OUR PHOTO GALLERY right here!

 


 

Toronto, Ontario
June 5, 2018

Dr Roberta Bondar Meets 2018 Career Development Program Participants

Dr Bondar met with 2018 participants in the Dr Roberta Bondar Career Development Program for Young Women. She spoke about the importance of communication, critical thinking and ethics in their professional and personal lives. Dr Bondar, as well as sharing some “pearls of wisdom”, answered questions and heard about their expectations and aspirations.

The Dr Roberta Bondar Career Development Program launched in 2016.


 

Toronto, Ontario
Circle of Care, Temple Sinai
May 24, 2018

Dr Roberta Bondar Lauds Volunteers

Dr Roberta Bondar delivered a keynote address “We can’t move forward as a society without volunteers.”
– Dr. Roberta Bondar
for the volunteer appreciation evening for Circle of Care at Temple Sinai. Bondar referenced her early years of volunteer activities growing up in her hometown of Sault Ste Marie. She reminded the audience of the impact they make on lives they support, encourage, and inspire.

RELATED WEB FEATURES:

May 25, 2018
Circle of Care, Website
Dr. Roberta Bondar Honours, Inspires Circle of Care Volunteers


 

Toronto, Ontario
Island Public/Natural Science School
May 11, 2018

First School-wide School-Based Bondar Challenge [SBBC]

Dr. Roberta Bondar honoured World Migratory Bird Day Weekend at Island Public/Natural Science School to recognize its completion of the First School-wide School-Based Bondar Challenge

That’s 11 classrooms totalling 262 students ranging from JK through 6th grade. That’s 262 students who composed 524 photographs!

Principal, Scott Woolford welcomed proud parents and their talented young image makers as they checked out the final display. Joining the throng for the Toronto District School Board were John Malloy, Director of Education, Jane Phillips-Long, Superintendent of Education, and Chris Moise, Trustee.

The Roberta Bondar Foundation also gifted the school with two hummingbird feeders for their outdoor classrooms; more motivation for students to engage with the feathered speedsters in their environment.

Dr Roberta Bondar talks about birding with Eco Club students


 

Nairobi, Kenya
Global Peatlands Initiative
UN Environment, Ecosytems Division
March 23, 2018

Global Peatlands Initiative adds video message of support from Astronaut Dr Roberta Bondar

The Roberta Bondar Foundation joins its president in congratulating UNEP and ministers from the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Indonesia who signed the Brazzaville Declaration asserting their commitment to collaborate, to preserve and protect the largest tropical peatland area in the world – the Cuvette Centrale.

#PeatlandsMatter


 

March 12 2018
Canadian Women’s Federation

In a TV spot for the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Dr. Roberta Bondar tells a tale of an epic high school guidance fail that, fortunately for us all, did not stop her in her tracks! Dr. Bondar’s tale is one of CWF’s #GirlPoweredMentorClips.


 

Ottawa, Ontario
Canadian Museum of Nature
Thursday, March 8 2018
7 pm – 8 pm

Dr Roberta Bondar in Dinosaur Provincial ParkCuriosity, Creativity and the Safety Net of Science

Canada’s first female astronaut in space, Roberta Bondar, M.D., Ph.D., delivered an inspirational talk as the Canadian Museum of Nature celebrated International Women’s Day.
“Curiosity should never leave us. Without it, creativity is never the voyage of discovery that it can be. Science provides a way of asking questions and exploring the world around us, while giving us a safety net of understanding.” Dr Roberta Bondar
In 1992, Dr. Bondar flew on the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery. She was the world’s first neurologist in space and conducted over 40 research experiments for 18 countries on this international flight.

A passionate and accomplished photographer, Dr. Bondar’s landscape photographs are featured in travelling exhibitions, books and other publications. The exhibition, Light in the Land ~ The Nature of Canada, presented by The Roberta Bondar Foundation, was currently on view at the museum.

RELATED WEB FEATURES:

March 13, 2018
School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Gowlene Selvavijayan, centretownnews .ca
Pioneering astronaut urges girls to shoot for the stars
“During her talk “Curiosity, Creativity and the Safety Net of Science,” Bondar captivated the audience with her experiences as a young woman trying to enter the field of science.”


 

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
March 03 2018
Lone Wolf Robotics via SooToday .com

And right in time for International Woman’s Day comes the happy announcement that Lone Wolf Robotics Wins World Video Award as teammates, Tiana Bressan and Tia Bariciak share their source of inspiration, Dr Roberta Bondar, in their STEM educational production.

Naturally, we find Dr Bondar inspiring… and she is also very hard to keep up with. However, we have come to learn that both Tiana and Tia are also inspiring young women! And we’ve always thought their Lone Wolf Robotics were awesome, too!


 

Peterborough, Ontario
January 27, 2018 to April 8, 2018

Dr. Roberta Bondar: The Light in the Land ~ The Nature of Canada

Light in the Land ~ The Nature of Canada, an exhibition of photographs by Dr. Roberta Bondar, visits the Art Gallery of Peterborough from January 27 to April 8, 2018.

Capturing her personal experiences of Canada’s lands in texture, colour, composition and clarity, Bondar encourages visitors to experience her view of our country’s landscapes.


Says Fynn Leitch, Curator, Art Gallery of Peterborough:
“Response here has been fantastic and our visitors are steady and consistently thrilled!
The exhibition continues to be an inspiration for guests of all ages. Thank you for everything you do!”

RELATED WEB FEATURES:

Jan 26, 2018
Clifford Skarstedt, Peterborough Examiner
Roberta Bondar exhibit inspires Snofest Adult Art Afternoon participants in Peterborough

Jan 26, 2018
Clifford Skarstedt, Peterborough Examiner
Preview held for Roberta Bondar exhibit opening Saturday at the Art Gallery of Peterborough


 

Ottawa, Ontario
January 13 – March 31

The Light in the Land ~ The Nature of Canada

Terre de lumières : la nature du Canada

Light in the Land ~ The Nature of Canada, an exhibition of photographs by Dr. Roberta Bondar, was on display in the rotunda of the Canadian Museum of Nature from January 13 – March 31, 2018.

Visitors discovered the fusion of art and science in the texture, colour, and composition of our landscapes as captured through the lens of Canadian astronaut, Dr. Roberta Bondar.


 

Toronto, Ontario
January 10, 2018
Ronald McDonald House

Roberta Bondar visits RMHC Toronto

On the trail of one of the Art Gallery of Algoma [AGA] Bondar Challenge participants, Dr. Roberta Bondar caught up with the young photographer in Toronto. Bondar presented Katelyn Godin with a framed print of her beautiful AGA Bondar Challenge submission. Katelyn’s classmates shared in the excitement as Dr. Bondar visited with them all, answering questions and telling stories about life in space.

RELATED WEB FEATURES:

Jan 12, 2018
Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star/Sault Star .com
Bondar visits Sick Kids to meet Saultite


 

Toronto, Ontario
December 20, 2017
The Philanthropist .ca

Putting a Face to 150 Canadian Social Sector Activists

As it marks the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist includes a Q & A feature on Dr. Roberta Bondar as the publication profiles 150 Canadians from across the non-profit sector who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector.


 

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
December 7, 2017

AGA Bondar Challenge Exhibition
Opens at the Art Gallery of Algoma

175 Algoma District students who worked through the Art Gallery of Algoma Bondar Challenge this Fall, celebrate the Opening and Presentation by Dr. Roberta Bondar of the AGA’s exhibition of participants’ photographic images. Each image is accompanied by an Artist’s Statement about its meaning and intent.

The Art Gallery of Algoma presents the students’ final submissions in exhibition from December 7, 2017 – January 6, 2018

 

RELATED WEB FEATURE:

Jan 10, 2018
Ronald McDonald House, Toronto
Roberta Bondar visits RMHC Toronto to present Katelyn Godin with framed print of her AGA Bondar Challenge submission.

 


 

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