Virtual Tree Ceremony From Science Atlantic

A Fun Virtual Space For A Tree Dedication

Science Atlantic hosted their own tree ceremony on Gather ( The ceremony took place as a part of our virtual Annual Members Meeting on November 26.

Host Alain Joseph, Director of Applied Research at Nova Scotia Community College, and APICS 1992 science fair award winner, opened the ceremony with a virtual-hybrid land acknowledgment. He recognized the physical territories of attendees and the locations of the servers and technology that support the virtual space.

He went on to describe the humble, hardworking muskrat, who according to various Indigenous origin stories of Turtle Island (North America), determinedly brought soil from deep in the water, to place on the turtle’s back and begin the land. He then drew a creative comparison between the muskrat and the role of Science Atlantic members, working diligently and diving deep, sometimes without fanfare, to facilitate science and research.

Alain Joseph opening the ceremony.

Dr. Robert van den Hoogen, member of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Saint Francis Xavier University, and Chair of Science Atlantic, dedicated the virtual tree with a speech about the history, experience, and role of the organization in the science community.

Dr. van den Hoogen delivering a speech.
Lois Whitehead addressing the crowd next to the Science Atlantic tree.

Lois Whitehead, Executive Director of Science Atlantic, closed the ceremony with an overview of the Gather space, and a few words about Science Atlantic activities, including the following:

“Science Atlantic is about people, as much as about science. These tree dedications were important not just for the symbolism, but for bringing people together to celebrate on each campus.”

After the ceremony, attendees were encouraged to explore the rest of the Gather space!

Lounge area featuring several private spaces and interative elements.
Many signs were hidden around the park displaying Science Atlantic milestones and trivia.
The 60th Anniversary Tree Garden, made up of virtual versions of trees which were dedicated to Science Atlantic across our Member Institutions this fall.

If you would like to see the ceremony space yourself, come take a look at Our Gather! Check out the Science Atlantic milestones and trivia, play a game in the lounge, or discover the other beautiful areas of the park. The Gather space will be open for the remainder of our 60th Anniversary celebrations.

Thank you to Nova Scotia Community College for hosting the Science Atlantic Annual Members Meeting and sponsoring this event!

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