Volunteer stewardship recognized at 2015 Order of the Bighorn Awards

Since its inception in 1982, the Order of the Bighorn has recognized the voluntary contributions of Albertans to the conservation of our province’s fish, wildlife and natural spaces.

This year was no exception. During the 18th Order of the Bighorn Awards on March 6, Hon. Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, was joined by stakeholders who are committed to maintaining and building a healthy environmental future, to honour six individuals whose efforts emulate what the awards are all about.

Inductees included Bazil Leonard of Grande Cache, Gottlob Schmidt of Hanna, John Campbell Jr. of Calgary, Maurice Nadeau of Bonnyville, Tim Dietzler of Calgary and Tom Partello of Canmore.

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Photos by Admire Studios


Each of the men presented with the Order of the Bighorn have different stories – from generous donations of land to working with birds of prey – their work touches so many aspects of environmental protection.

The evening was sponsored by Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Incorporated, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Devon Canada Corporation, Shell Canada Limited, TransCanada Corporation, and the Wild Sheep Foundation.

The celebration was only a small token of thanks for the time, energy, passion, knowledge and enthusiasm the new inductees have devoted and will continue to share. Alberta is lucky to have such dedicated people helping to advocate for our environment.

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