CHARLOTTETOWN – A project was launched recently to raise funds for a new scholarship at the University of Prince Edward Island named in honour of two retired biology professors, Ian MacQuarrie and Daryl Guignion.
Rosemary Curley, an Island biologist, explained that this new scholarship “is to support a first year master of science student who will conduct research focused on ecology and wildlife and who displays strong scholastic ability.
“Study that leads to conservation of wildlife is everybody’s business so we are hoping for broad public support in building the scholarship fund,” she added.
Diane Griffin, also a P.E.I. biologist, noted that the scholarship’s two honourees were “instrumental in bringing environmental studies to the university and in influencing many students to go on to careers in wildlife management and protection of natural areas. The establishment of this scholarship fund is an opportunity for us to give assistance to future students and to honour two people who meant so much to us when we were students. They have made significant impacts on ecological and wildlife conservation efforts in Prince Edward Island. They taught courses which instilled a conservation ethic, worked on conservation initiatives and raised public consciousness.”
Guignion taught at UPEI for over 40 years, motivating many students to be conservationists and quite a few of them to be working biologists. He is described as an inspirational leader, both at UPEI and in the broader conservation community. He is widely respected for his work to conserve and enhance natural areas and fish habitat.
Guignion assisted in the establishment of the Island Nature Trust and the Morell River Management Co-op. He lobbied government to conserve waterways for trout and salmon and worked to establish the Morell River Conservation Zone.
MacQuarrie was the founding president of the Island Nature Trust, a non-profit land conservation organization. It was his vision that enabled this group of citizens to take action to acquire natural areas for conservation of the best remaining habitats in the province.
“His persistent belief that the future lay in the wise use of soil and water resources is legendary,” noted Griffin.
As a faculty member at UPEI, MacQuarrie was recognized and appreciated for his efforts in expanding field curriculum content and exciting the imaginations of his students in land and water conservation.
“The goal is to raise a minimum of $60,000 to support the annual Guignion – MacQuarrie Scholarship at UPEI,” said Curley. “We are calling on everyone who is interested in wildlife to help by making a donation to the project by contacting Kim Roch email@example.com or phoning 894-2888.”
Charitable receipts from the university will be issued to donors.