Media Archive 2015-2016

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 2015 – 2016:


Parkdale Public School, Toronto ON, November 2016

Parkdale Public School's Vy Nguyen and Fairooz Zamaluddin, two of the latest School-Based Bondar Challenge winners Congratulations to the latest School-Based Bondar Challenge award winners! Students of Parkdale Public School, Vy Nguyen and Fairooz Zamaluddin hold their winning photographs, each professionally developed and framed as part of their award packages.

See ALL winning School-Based Bondar Challenge images!


Jessica Nyznik
The Peterborough Examiner
November 16, 2016

Above and Beyond

As the keynote speaker, our foundation President, Dr. Roberta Bondar spoke to the audience at Peterborough’s Philanthropy Forum. She reminded the audience that everyone has the opportunity to be philanthropic since money investment is not the only philanthropy. Volunteerism is a valuable form of philanthropy because it involves the investment of Time. And Time is very valuable.



Fellows Journal. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Fall 2016

Professor John Warkentin, Dr. Roberta Bondar, and John Geiger, CEO, RCGS

Professor John Warkentin, Dr. Roberta Bondar, and John Geiger, CEO, RCGS



Sault Ste Marie ON, November 1, 2016


Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, November 1, 2016 – The Royal Canadian Mint officially unveilled a silver collector coin celebrating the 25th anniversary of Dr. Roberta Bondar’s Space Shuttle Mission at Sault College before a crowd of local dignitaries and well-wishers.

#BondarCoin Unveil !

Royal Canadian Mint President Sandra Harrington + Dr. Roberta Bondar

Royal Canadian Mint unveils an out-of-this-world silver coin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dr. Roberta Bondar’s Historic Space Shuttle Mission



Nov 4, 2016

from Bob McDonald – CBC News:
Astronaut Roberta Bondar shows us that space and conservation are 2 sides of the same coin Canadian Mint pays tribute to Bondar’s work in space and on Earth

Nov 2, 2016

from CollectSpace:
Canada’s first woman in space, astronaut Roberta Bondar, honored with coin

Nov 1, 2016

from The Roberta Bondar Foundation:
Some of The Roberta Bondar Foundation coverage of the launch Photos and other memories

Detail, description and order information

Commemorative #BondarCoin as it rotates and glows!

A Tribute to Canada’s 1st Female Astronaut to Enter Space Well-rounded feature with several and themed responses around Dr. Bondar and the STS-42 story. Captures look of surprise & delight on face of audience.

Star Struck. Dr. Roberta Bondar ‘Out of this World’ Silver Coin Revealed Includes candid photos of Bondar with delighted Sault supporters

First of its kind coin honours Bondar; astronaut says Sault will always be home. Bondar calls friends, family her ‘stars’

Historic space mission a quarter century ago

25 years after Discovery mission, mint issues Roberta Bondar coin



Toronto ON, October 13, 2016

Prof Bonnie M Patterson receives David C Smith Award

Prof Bonnie M. Patterson C.M. O.Ont MLS LL.D ICD.D was honoured by The Council of Ontario Universities [COU] with its David C Smith Award
for her longstanding commitment to Ontario Universities, passionate advocacy on behalf of students and outstanding contributions to the development of innovative policy in teaching and research in higher education.

For more about this 2016 David C. Smith Award to our trailblazing, trendsetting Board Chair!



Toronto ON, September 21, 2016

#TakingCareOfEarth #BondarBash poster

Taking Care of Earth, Taking Care of Us — Perspectives from Dr. Bondar

Join us in a celebration of Dr. Roberta Bondar, and The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s work to promote a healthy planet and healthy lives.

#BondarBash #TakingCareOfEarth

STORYS Building – 11 Duncan Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3G6

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Check it out!



Orillia ON, June 4, 2016

Prof Bonnie M Patterson receives an Honorary Doctor of Commerce at Lakehead University (Orillia) Convocation

Lakehead University, Orillia Campus

Professor Bonnie M Patterson, C.M.O. Ont. B.A. M.L.S. ICD.D, receives an Honorary Doctor of Commerce at Convocation. She also delivers the Convocation Address — a “Get a GRIPP!” [Gratitude, Relationships, Integrity, Passions, and Patience]”

Patterson, The Roberta Bondar Foundation Board Chair, is recognized as a champion of higher education and a role model for women in leadership. She was the first woman Dean of Business in Canada, the first woman President of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), the first woman President & Vice-Chancellor of Trent University, and, while President at Trent, she was the first woman to Chair the Board of Universities Canada (then known as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada).

Throughout her career, Bonnie has spearheaded several international education initiatives including working with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as an International Expert to develop a composite model for benchmarking university sustainability.



Cambridge ON, May 4th to October 31 2016

Don’t miss The Foundation’s special selection of fine art prints from the TELE + new works + Bondar Challenge youth winners = Landscapes of Biodiversity now playing at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory!

A beautiful venue. Unique animal galleries. A remarkable conservatory!

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory 2500 Kossuth Road
Cambridge, Ontario, N3H 4R7

RBF TELE: Landscapes of Biodiversity



Ottawa, May 19, 2016

Life Reflected poster

Life Reflected — National Arts Centre

A collection of powerful stories inspired by life experiences of four exceptional Canadian women — Alice Munro, Amanda Todd, Roberta Bondar and Rita Joe.

The stories are told in a sensory immersion of multidisciplinary composition — music, film, dance, photography.

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.

Review: NACO’s Life Reflected shares a universal message of hope



Ottawa Ontario, April 27, 2016:

The Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program was announced at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Canadian Women in Communications and Technology [WCT] organization. Ron Parker, President of Shared Services Canada, and Kelly Gillis, Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada made the announcement.

Dr. Bondar joined the WCT gathering to help with the formal launch of this new intensive internship program.

The WCT has long committed to sponsoring women as leaders and contributors to Canada’s economy based on science, technology and the digital transformation of all industries and has designed the Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program to help its participants succeed and achieve remarkable things – to truly take their careers Faster Further and Higher.

We are proud our president was chosen as both namesake and symbol of all qualities that WCT hopes to identify and foster through this program – women of wide-ranging curiosity, dedication and tenacity – women who inspire present and future generations to literally shoot for the stars.

Space pioneer helping young women find career launchpad



Ryerson University, March 4 2016:

Dr Bondar visited Ryerson University to speak to students in the Faculty of Science about the possibilities of where their Science degree can lead them after graduation — The Science of Success.
Dr Bondar advises “Ask the BIG Questions” — from Ryerson Today
Aside from her successful academic career, Dr Bondar is the first neurologist in space. From her unique professional path, Dr Bondar shared insights and suggestions about how knowledge from Science degree programs opens up limitless career paths for Science graduates.



Our Foundation leader says, “You’re never too young to keep your heart smart!”

Dr. Roberta Bondar, 2016 Honorary Chair, The Heart and Stroke Foundation Heart Month


University of Saskatchewan, February 4, 2016:

Scientist, physician, and world’s first neurologist in space, Dr Roberta Bondar speaks about how some physiological issues of long-term space flight would benefit from life studies in manned lunar missions.



Canadian Geographic Names Top 100 Canadian Explorers

We are proud our President is featured in Canadian Geographic‘s great list of modern-day trailblazing Canadian Explorers.

Through its programs, The Roberta Bondar Foundation is committed to encouraging participants to explore, record, and discuss new views of their natural environment.

Taking Care of Earth. Taking Care of Us.



A TELE, one of our customized and carefully curated Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experiences, is heading to the Woodstock Art Gallery in February 2017! As with each TELE, The Roberta Bondar Foundation and the host centre get into some heavy planning to make the TELE as vital an experience as possible for its visitors. The plan? To make Fusions of Art and Science dance in their heads!
Read on: In the Woodstock Sentinel Review.

Stay tuned!



Michigan State University, November 2015:

In November 2015, Dr Bondar visited Michigan State University’s Geography Awareness Week to deliver both classroom and large group lectures. She covered topics in Earth Patterns From Afar that ranged from the role of remote sensing to the readiness of human beings to make their first Mars visit.

Human connections with Earth: How one woman links geography, outer space, sustainability, and the human mind

WKAR Greening of the Great Lakes host Kirk Heinze interviews Dr Bondar


PHOTO GALLERY right here!



September 2015, Jonna Brewer, host of CBC Moncton’s Information Morning, spoke with Dr Bondar about The Roberta Bondar Foundation and its mission.


Read Kingston Whig-Standard reporter/photographer Julia McKay’s feature on two 2014 School-Based BondarChallenge winners, their teacher and school — Napanee students get the picture
The students’ winning images are presently featured with The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s new exhibition Savannah Survivors at Toronto’s First Canadian Place.


Wednesday April 15, 2015, First Canadian Place hosted Dr. Roberta Bondar’s Savannah Survivors exhibition, her public lecture sponsored by BMO, & the exhibition’s opening reception in the FCP Gallery.

To celebrate Earth Month, The Roberta Bondar Foundation presents a unique exploration of the shrinking African Savannah through fine art photography. With extraordinary images from The Foundation’s biome collection, 26 large fine art prints connect the viewer to the extraordinary and poignant savannah life as it lives in its natural environment. Highlights include “secretaries” who eat snakes for breakfast and savannah survivors who will eat your lunch.

The exhibition runs April 1- May 29, 2015 and forms part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


Savannah Survivor press release
The Roberta Bondar Foundation brings a new exhibition — Savannah Survivors to Toronto’s First Canadian Place gallery from Apr 1 until May 29, 2015.


The Roberta Bondar Foundation now partners with Wood Buffalo NP on Whooping Crane education and will continue to update our field work news on Grus americana, the North American Whooping Crane, from this Whooper Link.


A selection of The Foundation’s Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience collection appears in the Dreams & Realities—Human Sensitivity of Place in which Dr. Bondar’s large scale Earth landscape photographs join Carole Sabiston’s exploration of environmental concerns through textile assemblage — both artists inspired by the same childhood view of Sputnik!




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