Media Archive 2012-2014

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 from 2012 to 2014:


Dr. Bondar joined fellow Dark Sky enthusiasts in the intense and event-packed 5-day Wood Buffalo National Park Dark Skies Festival!

Roberta Bondar with the young robot building engineers. Photo: Dali Carmichael

Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, centre, judges the first ever Dark Sky Festival robot building challenge. Bondar was looking for robots that were aesthetically pleasing and could completed a series of tasks. She is seen here with the young engineers.
Photo: Dali Carmichael


Roberta Bondar’s breathtaking photos on display at Telus Spark — Within the Landscape — Art Respecting Life.


Roberta Bondar on Photography, Finding Luck and Dangerous Sandstorms — “Astronaut, neurologist and adventurer Roberta Bondar’s travelling exhibit comes to Telus Spark”.


From January 24 to June 15 2014, Calgary’s TELUS Spark the new science centre hosts The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience on the theme of Biodiversity and Extinction: “Within the Landscape ~ Art Respecting Life”
The opening also coincided with the anniversary of Dr. Bondar’s flight aboard the First International Microgravity Laboratory, as the world’s first neurologist in space. Watch BT Calgary’s Tara Slone interview Dr. Roberta Bondar during this special January week.


On the Move in the Mara

KENYA  (August 19, 2013)

Dr. Roberta Bondar and trusty Nikon at work in Kenya's Masai Mara.

Dr. Roberta Bondar and trusty Nikon at work in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

Dr. Bondar, pictured here, enhanced The Foundation’s international programs and linkages during this year’s Kenya project. Representatives from The Foundation met with scientists from the Kenya Wildlife Services and with UNEP representatives in Nairobi to discuss areas of mutual interest. Additionally, they shared environmental learning materials developed for Kenyan students attending a number of schools, encouraging them to continue their studies. Dr. Bondar presented inspiring addresses to over 400 girls and their mentors while visiting Kenya. In partnership with The Hoopers Africa Trust, she participated as Honorary Patron with Hooper Trustees in a visit to monitor quality assurance and practices related to the Trust’s program in the Mara.

While in the country, Dr. Bondar continued capturing photographs on biodiversity using a Nikon D800  that will be added to the Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience.

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Exciting New Partnership with Nikon Canada

Toronto, ON (August 16, 2013)

Our newest partner in The Foundation’s growing network of sponsors is Nikon Canada Inc. With their support we have been able to expand the national scope of the 2013 Summer Camp Bondar Challenge.

“The summer camp setting helps youth unplug for a few weeks and digital photography allows them to connect with nature in a meaningful way,” said Dr. Roberta Bondar. “We had a number of camps coast to coast where participants didn’t have access to digital cameras and Nikon’s support meant we could create a camera loan program. It made all the difference in reaching more than 4,000 youth this summer.”

This unique environmental photography program fuses photographic art with science. Capturing an image in a summer camp environment that relates to some aspect of biodiversity, participants interpret the artistic and scientific components of the photographs they have taken, challenging their imagination and creativity.

The Bondar Challenge creates an emotional bond between the natural world and the individual that will become part of the personal heritage of campers and leaders. It is a gateway to understanding, inquisitiveness and a desire to have a positive impact on our attitude and behaviours toward nature.

The Roberta Bondar Foundation thanks Mike Robertson and Nikon Canada for their leadership and support for youth who will make a difference to our future.

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Dr. Roberta Bondar was the guest speaker at the 4-H Canada 100th Anniversary Gala held on May 30. As an astronaut, physician, scientist, photographer, author and, proud Aggie, Dr. Bondar presented her view from space to emphasize the importance of agricultural research and technology in being able to feed a growing planet with ever-decreasing arable land.


Four high school students from Paul William Kaeser High School, Fort Smith, NWT, were honoured for pictures they took during the Bondar Challenge, a photography program of The Roberta Bondar Foundation. The Challenge was offered at Sweetgrass Station in the Alberta section of Wood Buffalo National Park, the first national park to host the Roberta Bondar Challenge.
Here are the Winning Views of Nature.

Northern News Services Online 13-0603

Northern News Services Online 13-0603


May 28, 2013. Steve Anthony interview of Dr. Bondar about The Foundation on CP24.


June 4, 2013. Students attended the Blast Off with Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar Philharmonic Concert at Hamilton Place where Maestro Boris Brott conducted the National Academy Orchestra in a Space/Science theme. Dr. Bondar’s own space photographs added extra dimension during the multimedia


The Walrus Foundation convened nine prominent Torontonians — Midnight’s Children director Deepha Mehta, CBC’s Matt Galloway, chef Jamie Kennedy, and astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar among them — and gave them each seven minutes to talk about one aspect of “the art of the city.” Here are Dr. Roberta Bondar, Jamie Kennedy, and others discussing The Art of the City at the latest Walrus Talk.


From Sweetgrass Station, Wood Buffalo National Park, the Northern Journal reports Dr Roberta Bondar’s concentrated workshop in nature photography for wilderness campers from PW Kaeser High School, Fort Smith, preparing for the Bondar Challenge. Astronaut inspires students on environment during Sweetgrass trip


To encourage viewing the environment through a camera lens, Dr. Roberta Bondar took her Bondar Challenge to Wood Buffalo National Park’s Sweetgrass Station where she paid a surprise visit to a campout of NWT high school students. The Bondar Challenge comes to Sweetgrass!


The Medical Post features some of The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s education initiatives, including the Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience as well as the Bondar Challenge that is presently in pilot programs this summer. Developing a Passion for Nature.


Members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors travelled to Sault Ste. Marie to participate in one of the City’s 100th Anniversary celebrations. It was a special evening that paid tribute to Dr. Roberta Bondar on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of her space flight as the world’s first neurologist in space and Canada’s first woman astronaut. Foundation’s namesake honoured with special greetings from the Governor General Of Canada.


Sault-Sainte-Marie rend un nouvel hommage à Roberta Bondar, la première femme canadienne à voyager dans l’espace. Sault-Sainte-Marie rend un nouvel hommage.


In a commitment to their core business value of environmental stewardship, Union Gas donates to the educational programs of The Roberta Bondar Foundation. Union Gas gets on board.


Sault teens keep their eyes on their environment through their prizewinning camera lenses in a Bondar Challenge. Bondar’s foundation challenges students.


Brampton seventh graders tackle environmental science through photographic composition in their Bondar Challenge. Astronaut’s foundation launches local project.


In Our Planet; the magazine of the United Nations Environment Programme, the world’s first neurologist in space, Dr Roberta Bondar, describes how her new foundation aspires to achieve environmental learning through the art of photography. The Roberta Bondar Foundation aims in Our Planet Magazine.

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