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 to celebrate special individuals and organizations who exceed expectations and inspire us all.
There are many volunteers and initiatives throughout the province, so we need your help to identify deserving nominees. 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.
Active with Alberta Parks since 2014, Carl Johnson is considered a “Swiss army knife” kind of volunteer. His support to Fish Creek Provincial Park is multi-faceted and much appreciated. Creating a responsible dog ownership incentive reward program is just one example of how Carl serves as a strong example for others through the Park Watch Program.
|2015||Jack & Marion Whitworth, Menno & Margaret Froese, Jim & Peggy Wiebe; Dr. Charles Bird|
|2014||Tom Partello; Linda Lefebvre; Gary Martin|
|2011||Susan & Alasdair Cook; Mike Walters|
|2008||Jamie Grey, June Hills, Gerry Hurley|
|2002||Ron & Ken Valens, Joann Skilnick|
Siblings Karen and Michael Ratliffe are the youngest Park Watch Program volunteers in Fish Creek Provincial Park and are “youth ambassadors” for the park and program.
Last season they worked with their parents in re-stocking the Park Watch stations, collecting and distribution report forms (enabling other volunteers).
Their work in collecting/harvesting willows, and re-planting them in eroded shoreline habitat as part of Flood Recovery and habitat restoration work, was incredibly valuable.
|2016||Vern and Rita Young, Lawrence and Gladys Whetstone, Jim and Bonnie Elhorn|
|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|
As Push to Open Nature Ambassadors, Linda Haines and Mary Salvani have provided valued support to special events, workshops and programs. They have also been essential to the building of the Accessibility Auditing mobile device app. Working with Leah Arnason and Jill Jennings during site visits, they collect information and provide invaluable feedback about their experience as people with disabilities.
A Trail Care volunteer since 2014, Peter Irwin has contributed more Trail Care hours than any other Kananaskis Country volunteer.
He has provided considerable support in the rebuilding of flood damaged trails which is hard physical work, and Peter always does it with a smile.
|2012||Hinton Nordic Skiers & Jeff Burgess and Denis Grenier|
|2004||Friends of Switzer Park Association|
The Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society celebrates their 25th anniversary this year and over those years, they have grown and established themselves as the “go-to” source for events, programs and so much more.
A great example of their recent efforts is their work with ATCO in establishing a study site for grassland restoration.
|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|
|2016||Kimiwan Lake Naturalists|
|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|
|2015||Myrna Peters; Nancy Boorman|
|2014||Fran & Connie Lavoie|
|2013||Guy and Nonie Swinnerton; Doug Kielau|
|2011||Kate Reeves, Faith Young|
|2003||Gladys Pennock, Margot Hervieux|
|2002||Aaron & Elise Bowersock; Curtis Siegfried|
|2001||The DeSmet Family, Fred Korbut|
|2000||Derry and Ora White|
|1993||Lee Finstad, Des Allen|
|1990||Mike McNaugthon, Mike Glossop|
|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|
|1997||Doris and Eric Hopkins|
|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|
Since 1995, Peter Spear has served as the volunteer maintenance person for Brown-Lowery Provincial Park.
He has put in hundreds of hours working tirelessly on trail design, maintenance, public safety education, monitoring, signage, painting, bench care, kiosk updates, bridge work, tree clearing and brush cutting.
His leadership with the “300” group, ensures this park and other surround sites too, are kept available and safe for the numerous Albertans who visit year-round.
|2016||Leonard and eleanor Rondeau|
|2006||Erik & Doris Hopkins, Gladys Pennock|
Since September 2004, Marie-Pierre Chappeland (MP to her colleagues and volunteers), has been instrumental in the Bow Valley Volunteer Program, taking it from a small group to over 127 current volunteers.
MP has organized over 134 volunteer project days, resulting in better vegetation management practices, research and monitoring practices, parks and trails stewardship, fun and meaningful special events, and overall rewarding and meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout Kananaskis Country.
MP’s approach to volunteer management represents a truly “best practices” manner of supervision. She cares deeply about the volunteers and takes a personal interest in each and every one - getting to know them by name, confirming their importance, and celebrating successes along the way!