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Science World names Dr. Bonnie Henry sole 2021 'Friend of the Society'

Last Updated May 27, 2021 at 3:50 pm PDT

FILE -- Dr. Bonnie Henry is joined by Dr. Penny Ballem as they arrive to talk about phase two in B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

The honour acknowledges Dr. Henry's commitment to the health and well-being of British Columbians through the pandemic

The Science World society says Henry has also taken time to help the organization with its fundraising campaign

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — To honour and recognize B.C.’s top doctor’s leadership through the pandemic, Vancouver’s Science World is naming her its sole 2021 ‘Friend of the Society.’

In a statement, the organization says it’s been so grateful for Dr. Bonnie Henry’s help with its fundraising campaign that Science World launched in 2020 — which features a seven-year-old Henry.

“Whilst leading the Province through the most difficult of times during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Henry supported Science World,” Tracy Redies, President & CEO of the non-profit, says in a statement, adding Henry’s involvement “contributed significantly to the campaign’s successful outreach and fundraising efforts.”

The doctor’s grade school photo remains the main image of Science World’s campaign promoting science and technology education in B.C.

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Being named a ‘Friend of Science World’ is not easy. The Membership of Science World gives it to some one who is characterized by their love of science and has dedicated themselves to helping the province evolve “as an international centre of science and technology.”

“Either through their activities on behalf of the Society and/or by the example they provide by their life’s achievements, Friends have contributed significantly to the development of a science culture in our Province.”

Like many organizations and businesses, Science World has admitted they have taken a significant hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 85 per cent of Science World’s revenue comes from admissions and events and it typically sees 900,000 visitors a year.

The attraction was forced to close in mid-March 2020, due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Science World reopened a few months later, in late July of last year.


– With files from Kathryn Tindale, Hana Mae Nassar and The Canadian Press