The 24th annual Alberta Parks Volunteer Conference Awards Banquet on September 20 brought together the dedicated people who happily greet guests, help maintain campgrounds, coordinate activities and so much more in our vast provincial parks system to salute their efforts.
This was not just a one-night “thank you”. Volunteers were treated to a three-day smorgasbord of activities, including a Friday evening show on animal athletics Friday evening. Did you know that cougars are capable of leaps over 12-metres high and bursts of speed of 70 km/hour? You do now!
The evening’s festivities included a banquet at the Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort where Genia Leskiw, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake was joined by Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland and Alberta Parks Assistant Deputy Minister Graham Statt.
It goes without saying, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be said … a huge thank you to Alberta Parks’ volunteers that contribute their time, energy, passion, knowledge and enthusiasm to our provincial parks system … we couldn’t achieve the “wow factor” without you!
- Fran and Connie Lavoie, Outstanding Steward Award
- Tom Partello, Parks and Protected Areas Achievement Award
- Linda Lefebvre, Parks and Protected Areas Achievement Award
- Gary Martin, Parks and Protected Areas Achievement Award
- Jack and Audrey McKee, Host Hospitality Award
- Judith and Danny Clarke, Host Hospitality Award
- Harry and Annie Wit, Green Shield Award. Sadly, Harry passed away this year.
Facts about Alberta Parks Volunteers
- More than 2,500 citizens and 75 non-profit organizations contribute more than 100,000 hours of their time annually to enhance Alberta’s provincial parks.
- Voluntary contributions provide an estimated economic benefit of $2 million annually to Alberta Parks.
- Since 1990, 132 Albertans and 37 organizations have been recognized with provincial awards for their outstanding contributions to Alberta Parks.
- Each site and volunteer placement is unique so duties vary. Generally, hosts welcome visitors, assist with public education and interpretation, and provide information about facilities, services, activities, rules and regulations.
We’re always looking for a few good men and women – click here to find out what it’s all about.
Whether it’s fall, winter, spring or summer … Alberta’s provincial parks are great places to visit.