Stella Bowles

2018 Community Hero

ABOUT THE Hero

Stella’s river testing for fecal contamination drew national attention and influenced a $15.7 million government project to have the LaHave River in Nova Scotia cleaned up. She has won many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General in 2018, The Canada Walk of Fame Community Hero Award 2018 and she is also the youngest ever recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia, 2020. The river cleanup is in process and the project is set for completion in 2023. 

Stella is a recipient of the TD Community Leadership Scholarship and is currently in her first year of studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax. She hopes her project demonstrates that science combined with social media can influence positive environmental transformation. Her story is now included in the school curriculum throughout Nova Scotia. At just eighteen years old, Stella has become one of Nova Scotia’s leading environmental advocates. 

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