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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.

Volunteer Award Nominations

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

  • Review the award descriptions below.
  • Complete the nomination form.
  • Submit by the nomination(s) by May 15.

Both the successful nominees and their nominators will be invited to the awards banquet.

Volunteer Awards

Please read these award descriptions carefully before completing the nomination form.

Parks and Protected Areas Achievement Award

  • Presented to an individual.
  • Recognizing a special or significant achievement for a park, protected area, staff, customers, project or program from volunteer efforts.

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. 

2014 Awards -  PPA Achievement - Partello

Linda Lefebvre - 2014 Recipient

For providing thousands of hours of maintenance and visitor service at Garner Lake Provincial Park. 

2014 Awards -  PPA Achievement - Lefbvre

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.

2014 Awards -  PPA Achievement - Martin


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

Parks and Protected Areas Junior Achievement Award

  • Presented to a youth.
  • Recognizing volunteer activities affecting a park, protected area, staff, customers, project or program in a special or significant way.
Past Recipients
2004 Caitlin Way

Host Hospitality Award

  • Presented to an individual or couple
  • Recognizing consistent outstanding hospitality as Campground Hosts
  • Nominees have volunteered considerable hours either within seasons or over a number of years at one or more sites.


Jack and Audrey McKee2014 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.

2014 Awards -  Host Hospitality - McKee

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.

2014 Awards -  Host Hospitality - Clarke


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

Inclusion Award

  • New award established in 2011
  • Presented to an idividual or organization
  • Recognizes those who have made exceptional efforts to ensuring all Albertans experience the awe and wonder of our treasured natural spaces
Past Recipients
2011 Chris Ha

Facility Enhancement Award

  • Presented to an individual or organization.
  • Recognizing significant contributions to maintenance or enhancement of park facility infrastructure like trails, signs and buildings.
Past Recipients
2012 Hinton Nordic Skiers & Jeff Burgess and Denis Grenier
2007 Mike Radik
2006 Peter Spear
2004 Friends of Switzer Park Association

Partnership Appreciation Award

  • Presented to a co-operating association, partnering agency or group.
  • Recognizing considerable contributions to park programs, services or facilities.
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

Outstanding Group Steward Award

  • Presented to a group or organization.
  • Recognizing recent efforts, contributed considerably to the preservation and/or appreciation of a protected area (e.g. time, special project).


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

Outstanding Individual Steward Award

  • Presented to an individual, couple or family participating in the Steward Program.
  • Recognizing recent efforts with significant contributions to the preservation and/or appreciation of aprotected area.

2014 Awards -  Outstanding Steward - LavoieFran and Connie Lavoie

2014 Recipient

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

Steward Service Excellence Award

  • Presented to an individual or a group participating in the Steward Program.
  • Recognizing
    • Long-term commitment and consistent demonstration of the spirit of stewardship
    • Dedication, positive attitude and actions benefiting their protected area and the Steward Program.
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

Green Shield Award

  • Presented to an individual or organization.
  • Recognizing significant contributions to preservation and conservation of land, water, ecosystems and/or the plants and animals that that depend on them.
  • Nominees have invested extensive time, often spanning many years.
  • Created in 2001 to honour the International Year of the Volunteer.

2014 Awards -  Green Shield - WitHarry and Annie Wit
2014 Recipient

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

Lifetime Volunteerism Achievement Award

  • Presented to an individual or couple.
  • Recognize a lengthy and continuous service to park and protected areas.
  • Nominees are a shining example of the difference one person can make, one day at a time, over a period spanning decades.
Past Recipients
2006 Erik & Doris Hopkins, Gladys Pennock

Staff Awards for Contributions to Volunteerism

Volunteer Leadership Award

  • Presented to a staff member.
  • Recognizing exceptional leadership contributing in a significant way to the success of park volunteerism. Efforts, at a local or provincial level, exceed the expectations of their employment.
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

Staff Lifetime Volunteerism Achievement Award

  • Presented to a staff member who has previously received the Volunteer Leadership Award.
  • Recognizing cumulative accomplishments spanning their career. Have made a significant impact on park volunteerism, customer service, or preservation of natural history.
  • Presented to an individual or couple
  • a long standing commitment to Alberta Parks, spanning more than 25 years
  • Have been previously recognized with another provincial award above
Past Recipients
2009 Don Cockerton
2008 Ed Whitelock
2007 Doug Pilkington