Sadly, Beth McLaughlin passed away on February 22, 2015.

Beth was a positive force in New Brunswick’s environmental community for decades. She firmly believed that people’s actions could change the world and lived by this belief. Beth founded PANE (People Against Nuclear Energy) and the South East Chapter of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, and co-founded SOS Eau Water Sanqwan. In 2002, Beth was honoured with the NBEN’s Orca award for her tireless efforts in fighting City Hall on the issue of the privatization of the Moncton public water distribution system, and for her capacity to involve people from diverse backgrounds. In 2006, the NBEN again honoured her with an Environmental Achievement award for her passionate and unwavering commitment to the environment and people of New Brunswick, and her ability to inspire, motivate and nurture other environmentalists. Beth had a great love of life and for young people; she mentored many of New Brunswick’s up-and-coming environmentalists over the years.

Our thoughts are with Beth’s family and friends as they mourn a great loss.

A celebration of life for Beth will take place on Wednesday, February 25 in Moncton. See http://www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca/obituary.asp?id=777#sthash.abjp2Rmh.dpuf for more details.

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From the Conservation Council of New Brunswick:

In honour of Beth McLaughlin

New Brunswick has lost a fierce defender of our environment with the
passing of Beth McLaughlin on Sunday, Feb. 22.

Beth was on the Conservation Council board for years. She worked
tirelessly to make people aware of the dangers of nuclear power and she
was one of the key organizers who shelved the Jaakko Poyry
recommendations which sought to double the annual allowable cut in our
forest in the early 2000s.

Beth organized people around the province to ensure they attended the
hearings that determined the fate of our forest. She traveled across New
Brunswick and summarized what people had to stay at each hearing,
comments which were then used to defeat the recommendations. Even when
she became ill with cancer, Beth remained committed to protecting New
Brunswick's Acadian forest and to developing proposed legislation for an
Environmental Bill of Rights for New Brunswick. Her dedication and
service was honoured by the Conservation Council family when she was
presented with a Milton F. Gregg award for environmental activism in 2011.

Beth, a retired school teacher, encouraged her students to be active
citizens and to write letters to government. Beth earned a Masters of
Environmental Studies degree at the Université de Moncton in 2001. Her
thesis was on the topic of sustainable communities. Beth wrote a weekly
column for the Times & Transcript as well as plays and fiction with
environmental themes. She also ran an educational business focused on
sustainable communities with Françoise Aubin.

“From a young age, I always seemed to be aware of environmental issues,
if perhaps only in a peripheral way. My father loved to fish and he
would try to make weekly excursions to our family camp in the northwest
New Brunswick woods. We loved the outdoors,” Beth said as she recalled
the devastation caused by a spruce budworm outbreak and the widespread
spraying of insecticides over New Brunswick's forest in the 1970s,
during an interview for a story that honoured St. Thomas University alumna.

Beth was also a founding board member of Crossroads for Women, a shelter
for women and children living with family violence in Moncton.

Deepest condolences to her partner Helene, to our board members who were
such good friends of hers, and to all those who were blessed to know her
witty humour, tenacity and passion in the many fights that mattered.

Let's honour Beth's memory by renewing our commitment to protecting the
Acadian forest that she so loved and to building healthy communities in
this province.
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