Juri Peepre Memorial Award
Sarah Locke wishes to make a $1,000 scholarship available to a full-time student in Yukon University’s Renewable Resources Management, Northern Science (Environmental and Conservation Sciences or General stream) or Earth Sciences diploma programs, as well as the B.Sc. in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree program.
While Juri Peepre’s love for nature was nurtured in Ontario, as soon as he had earned his BA, he headed west in search of wilder places. His dream job that first summer — mapping little known rivers in northern British Columbia as part of Parks Canada’s Wild Rivers Survey — confirmed his love for wild waters as well.
He spent many summers exploring rivers in the Northwest Territories but it was after moving to the Yukon in 1987 that he found the landscape that inspired him above all — the Peel watershed. His innovative campaign efforts to show others the wonders of this remote region culminated with the Three Rivers Project — a multi-week journey with artists, writers, photographers and First Nations people down the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume rivers. The end result was a book and a travelling art exhibition.
Juri recognized and worked on conservation opportunities around the Yukon. He would be honoured to know that he is helping young Yukoners learn more about the magnificent region in which they live, and ways that they can help protect and manage it for the future.
- Be registered as a full-time student in Yukon University’s Renewable Resources Management, Northern Science (Environmental and Conservation Sciences or General stream) or Earth Sciences diploma programs, or the B.Sc. in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree program
- Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 30.0 credit hours of Yukon University or a partnered Yukon University courses counting toward completion of the program
- Provide a brief letter or audio/video file answering the following question:
- Climate change is one of the critical issues of our time, and the magnitude of change is greater in northern terrestrial regions than others. How do you see climate change impacting natural resource management and decision-making over the next 30 years?