The Alberta Parks Volunteer Conference brought together a sampling of the dedicated people who happily greet guests, help maintain parks, conduct science, coordinate special events, and so much more in our vast provincial parks system.
Held in Wetaskiwin September 25-27, attendees were provided a three-day conference that included a full slate of activities and events, including celebrating the history of Alberta Parks at Reynolds-Alberta Museum during Alberta Culture Days, an archaeology tour of Calhoun Bay Provincial Recreation Area, exploring expansion opportunities at Peaceful Valley Provincial Recreation Area and Day Use Lodge, and learning about lake and fisheries management at Pigeon Lake Provincial Park along with yurt camping and traditional First Nations use of the animals and fish that exist in the area.
The highlight of the event is the annual Provincial Volunteer Awards Banquet, where this year 11 outstanding Albertans were recognized for their valued contributions to and through Alberta Parks.
Continuing with the conference theme of Alberta Parks: A Place in History, the Awards Banquet was capped off with an insightful presentation on the life and times of noted local conservationist Frank Farley, founder of the Miquelon Lake Bird Sanctuary, which is now encompassed within Miquelon Lake Provincial Park.
The Alberta Parks Volunteer Conference is an annual signature event enabling volunteers, partnering organizations and staff to gather for a weekend of learning, networking and most importantly, celebrating another great year of connecting Albertans with nature.
A huge thank you to all Alberta Parks’ volunteers and voluntary partners who contribute their time, energy, passion, knowledge and enthusiasm to our provincial parks system … we couldn’t achieve such great success without you!
2015 Award Recipients
- Ron Brochu
Outstanding Individual Steward
- Myrna Peters (left)
- Nancy Boorman
Parks and Protected Areas Achievement Award
- Jack & Marion Whitworth; Menno and Margaret Froese; Jim and Peggy Wiebe
- Charles Bird
- Frank Key
Facts about Alberta Parks Volunteers
- Since 1990, 150 Albertans and 39 organizations have been recognized with provincial awards for their outstanding contributions to Alberta Parks.
- More than 2,500 citizens and 75 non-profit organizations contribute an average of 100,000 hours of their time annually to enhance Alberta’s provincial parks.
- Volunteer contributions provide an estimated economic benefit of $2 million annually to Alberta Parks.
Everyone is encouraged to support Alberta Parks’ recognition efforts by nominating deserving individuals and organizations for these provincial awards. Nominations are welcomed year round at: http://www.albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/about-us/get-involved/volunteering/awards.aspx