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.
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
Doug & Bev Pickell
For the past eight summer seasons, campers at Firerock Campground in Cypress Hills Provincial Park have been welcomed and served by Doug and Bev Pickell. Visitors from Medicine Hat and throughout Southeast Alberta appreciate having people in the campground who can readily assist with public safety situations, lost and found pets, information requests and tent set up.
Their genuine commitment to help visitors and staff leaves a lasting positive impression on all who have the pleasure of coming into contact with them.
Allan & Shirley Sept
Since 2009, Alan and Shirley Sept have devoted their summers to volunteering as the Campground Hosts at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park/Áísínai'pi National Historic Site.
During their time at the park, the Septs have become fully integrated into all program areas in park service delivery including: assisting Information Officers with comfort camping check-ins; supporting Conservation Officers with snake relocation; and helping maintenance with after-hours troubleshooting and repairs.
They work tirelessly to ensure all visitors have the remarkable experience they have come to expect from this world class park.
Past Recipients 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
The Venturers Society -
The Venturers Society Program, founded in 1986 by Bill Nike, has since established several teams in Alberta's provincial parks. It provides an opportunity for people with developmental disabilities to experience the wonders of nature and to provide meaningful participation in a park setting.
In 2004, a Venturers group started in Cypress Hills Provincial Park. It was so successful that a second group commenced in the fall of 2005. Since then, the two groups have become integral to park operations, by assembling picnic tables, installing signs, fencing, litter and garbage collection, removing deadfall and hazardous trees and operating the bottle recycling program.
Past Recipients 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
Castle Crown Wilderness
The Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition envisions "a world in which wilderness survives so that wildlands and wildlife may thrive, and future generations can know their natural beauty and diversity."
Based in Pincher Creek, this group encourages education and appreciation throughout the Castle Special Management Area.
Starting out as Stewards for Big Sagebrush Candidate Natural Area in 1994 and West Castle Ecological Reserve in 2005, they recently added projects at Beauvais Lake Provincial Park and Beaver Mines Provincial Recreation to their ongoing workload.
That work includes invasive species management, amphibian monitoring, clean ups and tours, in parks and throughout the area, helping connect people to the land and leaving the lasting legacy they strive for.
Past Recipients 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
Guy and Nonie
Guy and Nonie joined the Steward Program in 1997 as Stewards at Beaverhill Natural Area. In 2001, they became Stewards at Hastings Lake Islands Natural Area, near Tofield. For the last 16 years, they have been visiting, monitoring and reporting, in detail, what occurs in the natural area.
Guy and Nonie visit the site regularly in their canoes and tour around the lake and islands to observe the site including the wildlife: double-crested cormorants, American white pelicans, sandpipers, terns, gulls, Canada geese, various ducks, and great blue herons.
Both Guy and Nonie have an appreciation for the practical dimensions of nature conservation and a longtime interest in parks and protected areas.
Doug Kielau joined the Steward Program in 1988 as a Steward for Threepoint Creek Natural Area. This natural area is located at the confluence to the Sheep River and Threepoint Creek, approximately 20 kilometres west of Okotoks.
For the past 25 years, Doug has regularly visited the site and treasured the opportunity to escape the city and observe the wildlife and the seasonal changes that occur. Doug recognizes the importance of protecting these sites for future generations.
Past Recipients 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
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