Terri-Jane Yuzda

Shaking up Interest

Experts administer a dose of earthquake and tsunami demystification during the 2003 Honorary Address in Calgary.

Earthquakes and APEGGA
Young people stop at the APEGGA booth during the 2003 Honorary Address.

Public Relations Coordinator

An October snowstorm in Calgary could not keep attendees away, with more than 700 people coming out to the Jubilee Auditorium on Oct. 29 for the 2003 edition of the Honorary Address. Attendees were treated to an educational evening about two topics that continue to mystify the public – earthquakes and tsunamis.

This year, APEGGA was proud to join the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists as an organizing sponsor of the event.

The audience was filled with people of all ages. From the Boy Scout troop that made the event part of its weekly meeting to the retired couple who attend annually, the event was a special evening for everyone involved. Many professionals in the geoscience industry brought friends and family along to further educate them in their professional area of interest.

The evening’s two presentations, Dr. Garry Rogers’ talk on earthquakes and Dr. Eddie Bernard’s on tsunamis, clearly kept the audience intrigued. After each speaker was finished, the audience was given a chance to ask questions.
It was great to see so many young people go up to the microphone and further their experience.

They asked everything from “Would an earthquake ever hit Calgary?” to “How much water does a tsunami displace?” Many of them also spoke with the speakers during intermission and at the end of the evening.

Before the presentations and during intermission, participants checked out a variety of booths in the foyer of the Jubilee. In addition to APEGGA and the CSPG, the Calgary Youth Science Fair, Rock Knobs, Komarevich Originals, the Geological Survey of Canada, the Alberta Geological Survey and McNally Robinson hosted booths. APEGGA was proud to display some of our hands-on science exhibits, which are always popular with “kids” of all ages.

A silent auction took place within the booth area.

The Honorary Address also included an afternoon session for school children. More than 2,700 students were bused to the Jubilee to hear the two presentations. This interactive event allowed the participating students their own time to hear these fascinating discussions and speak to with the presenters. It was a great way to educate the students.

Once again, the Honorary Address provided a chance for the general public to hear about geoscience topics in an easy-to-understand format. It also gave the presenting societies an opportunity to showcase the tremendous work that professionals from Canada and across North America are doing in these areas. Hats off to the organizing committee for another job well done!

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