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Science North celebrates virtual CASCADE Awards wins

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Cascade awards 2020 Science North

Science North, a creator of immersive and interactive attractions, has won two CASCADE awards as well as an individual award honouring the Outstanding Career Achievement of its previous Director of Education.

Science North is pleased to announce that it has been recognised at the first-ever virtual CASCADE Awards, presented by the Canadian Association of Science Centers (CASC). More than 190 science engagement professionals and supporters enjoyed the virtual awards ceremony over Zoom on 28 May 2020.

During the digital event, attendees watched speeches by Dr Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada and Dr Alejandro Adem, NSERC President. There was also a pre-recorded address and musical performance by Col. Chris Hadfield and several expert-led Ask Me Anything sessions. Finally, the evening finished with live music from the award-winning Paul Lamb.

Two awards for Science North

Science North received two institutional awards. These are selected by an independent awards jury based on a review of nominations. Firstly, it won Best Program – Large Institution for the Northern Ontario Science Festivals, a week-long celebration of local and global science and technology. The event is a collaboration between local community partners under the direction of Science North.

Science North also won Best Exhibit or Show – Large Institution for THINK, a renewal of the science centre’s 4th level. The new THINK (Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network, and Know) space is a chance for visitors to get hands-on.

In addition to this, Nicole Chiasson, Science North’s recently retired Director of Education & Northern Programs was honoured with an individual award for Outstanding Career Achievement. During her 32 years at Science North, Chiasson’s skills as a team builder and leader allowed Science North to expand its activities throughout the vast 800,000 km2 of Northern Ontario.

A full list of winners is available here.

Science North was also recognised by the CASCADE Awards last year, winning Best Exhibition or Show at a Large Institution for its planetarium show Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin.

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Charlotte Coates is Features Editor at Blooloop. She is from Brighton, UK and previously worked as a librarian. She has a strong interest in arts, culture and information and graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature. Charlotte can usually be found either with her head in a book or planning her next travel adventure.

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