Toronto, Ontario – Keleigh Annau of Parksville, British Columbia has been named the winner of the 2008 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program. The ceremony, to be held at the University of Toronto, will recognize Annau’s outstanding achievements in environmental community service, academics and extracurricular participation.
“Keleigh is a perfect example of a student whose inspiring work is having a significant impact in their community, and in Keleigh’s case, around the world,” said Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada. “She has truly stepped forward as an environmental leader, an individual most deserving of this honour.”
Annau was chosen from a shortlist of 15 regional finalists from across Canada, selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants. Her most notable environmental contribution is Lights Out, which she founded as a national effort to get schools to turn out their lights and spend a day learning about global warming. More than 50,000 students participated in 2005, the first year. In 2006, the program went international and more than 90,000 students participated. In 2006, she was selected as the youngest member of the International Youth Summit on Sustainable Urban Transportation in Montreal.
Annau will receive a Panasonic notebook computer and a $5,000 donation to her graduating high school in her name, in addition to the $5,000 award she received as a regional finalist.