Several Richmondites and local schools were recognized on the weekend by the David Suzuki Foundation for their efforts as Butterfly Rangers.
The foundation celebrated a successful 2019 season at the VIA Rail Pacific Central Station in Vancouver on Saturday, with 45 people from Vancouver and two dozen from North Vancouver and Richmond, who joined as rangers in the spring.
In total, they planted 1,062 pesticide-free pollinator-friendly plants for butterflies and wild bees. Special plaques were presented by foundation CEO Stephen Cornish to every ranger.
Mitchell elementary, Quilchena elementary and Richmond Secondary all received a butterflyway plaque and were named Butterflyway Schools by the foundation.
Janice Chan and her two children received the Burton Street cul-de-sac butterflyway plaque, while Lynda Pasacreta, from the Richmond Garden Club (and Richmond News columnist) accepted a plaque for Paulik Park Butterflyway.
Merle Ames also received a butterflyway plaque for adopting and maintaining the Agassiz Park Butterflyway.
Emy Lai, from the City of Richmond’s Environmental Programs Department, joined the Butterflyway Rangers Project in 2017 and has planted around her office since then.
She received a plaque for planting and growing the pollinator plants at the Lynas Lane office.