Jordan's the Pride of Jersey
Jordan Todd won the inaugural Jersey Electricity-sponsored Pride of Jersey Environmentalist of the Year Award last night. The award is one of 11 Pride of Jersey Awards organised by the Jersey Evening Post to celebrate and recognise all those among our community who do much to make Jersey a better place to live. Over 15,000 public votes were cast for all the nominees before the three short-listed finalists in each category attended last night’s award ceremony, hosted by Graeme Le Saux and Nerina Pallot, in the unique surroundings of the Aviation Beauport hangar.
Jordan, a 25-year-old full-time ecologist and countryside ranger with Nurture Ecology, impressed the judges with all the additional voluntary work he does promoting Jersey’s wildlife and educating others about its conservation on his own website (www.jerseynaturalist.com) and social media pages where he has almost 8,000 followers. So committed is he that he was unable to attend last night’s event due to a commitment monitoring bats. He was represented by his mother Sharon who accepted the award and prize of a MacBook Pro on his behalf from Jersey Electricity Chief Executive Chris Ambler.
A former Hautlieu student, Jordan obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Biology and worked for the Environment Agency and OFGEM in Bristol and London before returning to Jersey to take up his current position. He said: ‘Being nominated for the award was a huge honour. To win means so much to me professionally and personally. It is heart-warming to have the support of so many Islanders who share a common passion.’
Mr Ambler praised the efforts of all three finalists who included Lara Luke, Jacqui Carrel, Dave Cabeldu, Michael du Pré and Ed Lamond, of Save of Shoreline, and Rob Ward, an expert in grass snakes and reptile conservation. He said: ‘Jersey Electricity is pleased to sponsor this award. Protecting the environment is at the heart of everything we do and I know it is at the heart of everything our exceptional finalists do. I’d like to thank all the nominees and everyone who voted for them.’