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.
Jack & Marion Whitworth, Menno & Margaret Froese, Jim & Peggy Wiebe - 2015 Recipients
Jack and Marion Whitworth are like a tree whose branch tips keep dividing to bear more fruit.
They started out volunteering in Bow Valley Provincial Park in 2007, and over the past eight years, they have recruited several friends from their community of Canmore, to join their quest of supporting parks.
Five years ago, together with their friends Menno and Margaret Froese and Jim and Peggy Wiebe, they took on the regular task of monitoring wildlife cameras that are permanently installed at two underpasses and five jump-out locations along the trans-Canada Highway.
Every month - rain, shine, sleet, freeze or flood (as it turned out in 2013), they change the batteries and camera cards at the seven sites.
Community, contribution, learning and physical activity outdoors are all factors of long-term health and happiness in our senior years, and these three couples offer a great role model in all these themes.
As a group, and as individuals, they are part and parcel of an Alberta Parks team, in a community of care, that pulls for a common purpose.
Dr. Charles Bird - 2015 Recipient
If he isn’t chasing butterflies, he’s leading groups of keen-eyed nature lovers through waist deep shrubbery.
Dr. Charles Bird, or "Charley" has he is known in the field, eagerly donated his time, efforts and passions to Alberta Parks over the past sixteen years.
His ongoing devotion to citizen science projects, like the Dry Island Buffalo Jump Annual Butterfly Count, has led to the collection of reliable and highly valued butterfly and moth species counts in the area.
A retired University of Calgary botanist who now resides in Erskine, Charley regularly conducts guided walks and species counts of vascular plants, fungi, birds, and butterflies in many of East Central Alberta parks located in the Counties of Red Deer, Stettler, Kneehill, Starland and Paintearth.
This dedication to research and education within numerous protected areas, has proven invaluable to staff and visitors and has no doubt contributed to the future preservation of these places.
Charley's love of nature and desire to share it with others drives him to continue to support Alberta Parks research and education initiatives.
Past Recipients 2014 Tom Partello; Linda Lefebvre; Gary Martin 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
Ron Brochu - 2015 Recipient
Since 2009, Ron Brochu has been happily hosting at Reesor Lake Campground in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
Whether greeting visitors from his hometown of Medicine Hat, or from surrounding Cypress County or from throughout Southeast Alberta, he enjoys spending his days helping to ensure every visitor enjoys their stay – and he is good at it.
Ron is a person that has a tremendous attitude towards life and has been able to share that with the many visitors he comes into contact with.
Past Recipients 2014 Jack & Audrey McKee; Judith & Danny Clarke 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
Myrna Peters - 2015 Recipient
Back in 1999, Myrna Peters made the decision to become a Steward to help make a difference in the preservation and protection of the lands.
Myrna's passion resulted in becoming a volunteer for three natural areas in Brazeau County, near her home in Drayton Valley: Buck Lake Creek, Carnwood Modeste and Modeste Creek Natural Areas.
Sixteen years later, Myrna's passion has only grown and she continues her efforts to ensure these natural areas continue to be available for all to enjoy and experience.
Nancy Boorman - 2015 Recipient
Nancy Boorman became a Steward for Mill Island Natural Area in 2001. This natural area is located just north of Rocky Mountain House in the Clearwater County, and is located on a floodplain of the North Saskatchewan River.
Accessible by foot during low flow period, the site becomes an island during high water and is in high use by wildlife throughout the year.
Nancy has gained much knowledge of this unique site and looks forward to continuing on with the site for many years to come, with hopes that it remains as natural as possible.
Past Recipients 2014 Fran & Connie Lavoie 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
Past Recipients 2014 Harry & Annie Wit 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
Frank Key - 2015 Recipient
Frank Key has been an employee with Alberta Parks for twenty-nine years, serving as a maintenance worker during that entire time and is currently in the role of District Maintenance Foreman for the Camrose District.
Frank strives to ensure the parks within the district look their best and contribute to a positive and memorable visitor experience.
Since 1992, Frank has been heavily involved in the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival held annually at the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area.
He has been praised many times for his hard work and dedication, and most recently at the event’s Viking Feast this past year, where his service to the Loppet was highlighted - the Birkebeiners rose for a standing ovation to celebrate his contribution.
There is no one more knowledgeable about setting the track for the 1600 skiers who come from the Edmonton Capital Region, throughout Alberta, and around the world.
Frank’s efforts in engaging and enabling community to serve us all, through parks, is a shining example of an exceptional standard of public service.
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