Volunteers contribute almost 100,000 hours to Alberta's parks system annually. They bring talent, enthusiasm and new ideas that enrich our program and help us achieve our goals. We recognize and appreciate the efforts of every volunteer. However, we present achievement awards each year to celebrate special individuals and organizations who exceed expectations and inspire us all.
There are so many volunteers and volunteer iniaitives throughout the province, we need we need your help. Tell us about the individuals and organizations who go above and beyond volunteering in Alberta's parks system. Nomination submissions are encouraged from anyone. To nominate, please
Both the successful nominees and their nominators will be invited to the awards banquet.
Please read these award descriptions carefully before completing the nomination form.
Tom Partello - 2014 Recipient
For Grizzly Bear monitoring, wildlife camera servicing, snow tracking, data management and training students and volunteers in the Kananaskis Management Area.
Linda Lefebvre - 2014 Recipient
For providing thousands of hours of maintenance and visitor service at Garner Lake Provincial Park.
Gary Martin - 2014 Recipient
For over 25 years of involvement in virtually all major park events, memorial bench program, gift shop operation, trail building, crime prevention, wildlife monitoring, interpretive programming and boating safety at Cypress Hills Provincial Park.
Past Recipients 2011 Susan & Alasdair Cook; Mike Walters 2008 Jamie Grey, June Hills, Gerry Hurley 2004 Patsy Cotterill 2003 Casey Bizon 2002 Ron & Ken Valens, Joann Skilnick 2001 Bill Scott 2000 Tom Bull
Past Recipients 2004 Caitlin Way
Jack and Audrey McKee - 2014 Recipient
For hosting campers every summer since 2009 – fixing trails, cleaning showers, repairing tractors and everything in between – at Ross Lake Campground in Whitney Lake Provincial Park.
Judith and Danny Clarke - 2014 Recipient
For hosting campers since 2010, including conducting children’s crafts, offering nature interpretation, putting up signs, digging trenches, coordinating a recycling program, and assisting campers with everything from brochures to loading firewood at Cross Lake Provincial Park.
Past Recipients 2013 Doug and Bev Pickell; Allan and Shirley Sept 2012 Victor & Frances Grimbly 2011 Vern & Bev Poffenroth 2010 Len & Jane Den Braber; William, Susan, Michael & Rebecca Walsh 2009 Ken & Pat Hatt; Frank & Arol Longhurst; Leonard & Eleanor Rondeau 2008 Ralph & Joan Siska 2007 Ron Bishop; Jim & Lucienne Salahub 2006 Marshal & Pat Melnyk; Jacob & Edna Reimer 2005 Fred & Yvonne Holowack; Harry & Annie Wit 2004 Tony & Alberta Van Dyk 2003 Mike & Jean Kliparchuk; Roy & Edith Middleton; Scotty & Murri Spence 2002 Earl & Kathleen Barr; Rose Eichorn 2001 Al & Jeanne Bosserts; Carolyn & Ed Weymouth 2000 Doug & Joyce Arnold; Nancy & Keith Becker; Roy & Dorothy Jones 1999 Ed & Claire Fafard 1998 Irene & Doug Dahl
Past Recipients 2011 Chris Ha
Past Recipients 2012 Hinton Nordic Skiers & Jeff Burgess and Denis Grenier 2007 Mike Radik 2006 Peter Spear 2004 Friends of Switzer Park Association
Past Recipients 2013 The Venturers Society - Elkwater 2008 Hay-Zama Wildland Park Management Committee 2006 William Watson Lodge Society 2005 Friends of Saskatoon Island Association 2002 Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory, Elkwater Volunteer Fire Department 2001 Friends of the Blackfoot Society, Venturers' Society of Calgary 2000 Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society
Past Recipients 2013 Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition 2010 The J. J. Collett Natural Area Foundation 2009 Medicine Hat College (Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership Program) 2008 Glory Hills Junior Forest Wardens 2007 Beaverhill Bird Observatory 2006 Edmonton Mycological Society 2005 Fort Saskatchewan Naturalists 2004 Alberta Native Plant Council 2003 The J. J. Collett Natural Area Foundation 2002 Eagles Junior Forest Warden Club 2001 Bruderheim Natural Area Society 2000 Stony Plain Fish and Game Association 1999 Battle Lake Natural Area Preservation Society, Alberta Speleological Society, Sherwood Park Natural Area Volunteer Stewards and Strathcona County 1998 Alpine Club of Canada, North Ram Wilderness Society 1993 Bruderheim Natural Area Society 1990 Sherwood Park Natural Area Volunteer Stewards and Strathcona County, Wagner Natural Area Society
Fran and Connie Lavoie
For monitoring natural changes and variation in use and activity at Snakes Head Natural Area.
Past Recipients 2013 Guy and Nonie Swinnerton; Doug Kielau 2011 Kate Reeves, Faith Young 2010 Robert Faulds 2009 Gertie Meyer 2008 Bob Gouin 2007 Elmar Augart 2006 Tim Giese 2005 Bertha Ford 2004 Tony Blake 2003 Gladys Pennock, Margot Hervieux 2002 Aaron & Elise Bowersock; Curtis Siegfried 2001 The DeSmet Family, Fred Korbut 2000 Derry and Ora White 1998 Louisa Rich 1993 Lee Finstad, Des Allen 1990 Mike McNaugthon, Mike Glossop
Past Recipients 2008 Margot Hervieux 2005 Big Lake Environmental Support Society 2004 Rainbow Equitation Society 2003 Riverlot 56 Natural Area Society 2002 Sherwood Park Natural Area Volunteer Stewards 2001 Red Deer River Naturalist Society 2000 Wagner Natural Area Society 1999 Alison Dinwoodie 1998 Dorothy Dickson 1997 Doris and Eric Hopkins
Harry and Annie Wit
For shaping the Host Program early in its inception and teaching and mentoring new volunteers for 20 years at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park. Harry passed away in April 2014
Past Recipients 2006 Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory Society 2003 Wagner Natural Area Society 2002 Eric & Doris Hopkins 2001 Des Allen & Peter Sherrington
Past Recipients 2006 Erik & Doris Hopkins, Gladys Pennock
Past Recipients 2011 Jeff Eamon 2010 Magi Scallion 2008 Clara Wakeford 2006 Ed Whitelock 2005 Don Cockerton 2003 Glenn Naylor 2002 Jim Stomp 2001 Sandra Myers 2000 Doug Pilkington
Past Recipients 2009 Don Cockerton 2008 Ed Whitelock 2007 Doug Pilkington