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 now presents at conferences and in schools, working with youth around the world who are tackling environmental issues in their own communities.  Stella 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 the youngest ever recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia, 2020. Stella hopes to demonstrate that science combined with social media can influence positive environmental transformation.  At just seventeen years old, Stella has become one of Nova Scotia’s leading environmental advocates.

As of June 2022, Stella is a recipient of the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership.  She currently has over $80,000 in scholarships to support her first four years in university.


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