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NBTC Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded annually to a member(s) who has made a significant volunteer contribution to the organization at the club level over many years
NBTC Volunteer of the Year Award
Awarded annually to a member or committee whose volunteerism has gone above and beyond in the year just completed
NBTC Unsung Hero Award
(new for 2021)
Awarded annually to a member(s) who can always be counted on to lend a hand and volunteer at the club level over many years.
- ✔ Demonstrates exceptional commitment, skills or leadership.
- ✔ Is a member in good standing of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Niagara Club.
- ✔ Has not received remuneration for their time and effort.
- ✔ Fulfils the role of volunteer with enthusiasm.
- ✔ Strives to go above and beyond their expected voluntary position or role.
- ✔ Champions the mission and vision of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
- ✔ Has not received this award previously.
Nominations can be made by any current NBTC member by submitting a nomination letter of 150-250 words outlining why the nominee should be considered for this award to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28th, each year. (March 31st for this year, 2020).
The letter should include information about the effort and contribution of the nominee. Include name, description of skills, commitment and contribution, and explain why this nominee is deserving. The NBTC board will vote for the recipient.
The award will be a plaque with NBTC logo, award name, recipient(s) name, and photo to be presented at the Club AGM.
2020 Award Winners
2020 NBTC Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded annually to a member(s) who has made a significant volunteer contribution to the organization at the club level over many years.
In 1992 when Margaret joined the BTC/Niagara Bruce Trail Club both organizations did not realize what a treasure they were getting.
She immediately began her career with us in 1993 - volunteering for the NBTC as Secretary of our club, a role she stayed in for 4 years. Additional volunteer roles were as Trail Captain and Hike Leader – positions she held for over 10 years.
Her greatest contribution came as the club’s Landowner Relations Director from 2001 to 2007. During this time (2004 to 2007) she also sat on the BTC’s Land Securement Secretariat, the group that is in charge of buying land so that Preserving a ribbon of wilderness for everyone, forever! becomes more than just a slogan.
When Margaret took on the role of Landowner Relations Director for the NBTC she took on the task of creating a detailed inventory of every property in the Niagara section that the Bruce Trail crossed. She spent many hours in Registry Offices and municipal/regional zoning departments. When she finished her inventory, the documentation she gave to the Bruce Trail Conservancy was the most accurate and complete in the entire organization.
As Landowner Relations Director, Margaret was able to identify the owners of key parcels of land along the Trail, and negotiate with them to ensure the Trail could cross their land. She skillfully and diplomatically handled any problems.
Margaret was Vice-President from 2006 to 2007 and President from 2007-2009.
In 2008 as President she oversaw the opening of the Sand Plant Hill Bridge which allows hikers safe and easier (no road detours) hiking to Woodend Conservation Area. She was one of the longest serving members on the NBTC’s Executive Committee.
Margaret is a dedicated volunteer, who thinks strategically and considers the best options for the Bruce Trail Conservancy as a whole. She has given many years not only to our club but to the Conservancy as well, going above and beyond the duties assigned to her position. She has led by example, which has inspired many other volunteers and has helped the NBTC become the great Bruce Trail club it now is.
Her dedication and enthusiasm for the Bruce Trail are true inspirations to the Niagara Club and to the entire BTC.
Nominated by: Trudy Senesi
2020 NBTC Volunteer of the Year Award
Awarded annually to a member or committee whose volunteerism has gone above and beyond in the year just completed.
It has been a particularly challenging year on the trails from a maintenance perspective. With the ongoing infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer, large parts of the trail have become graveyards of dead ash trees. This accompanied with the unusual number of high winds that we have witnessed has led to trees falling and blocking large parts of the trail.
Removing these obstacles to allow our Hikers a clear and safe passage has been continuous and Rick has been called upon on a regular basis to deal with these obstructions.
In addition to tree clearance, Rick has organized and helped to build barriers and gates to ensure that motor vehicles are prevented from using the hiking trails. The pedestrian foot bridge across the QEW near the screaming tunnel was an area that was in need of additional restrictive barriers. New steel posts were placed across the end of the bridge and filled with concrete to prevent removal and block the path of these vehicles.
He also instigated and co-ordinated three re-routes. Louth Conservation from boggy marshland and farmland to higher more scenic woodland, Fireman's Park (optimum route putting the trail back onto property owned by the Conservancy) and General Brock (more interesting route along by the river). We should not underestimate the work that goes on coordinating the logistics to make these happen
In summation the extremely hard work and dedication by Rick has ensured that the trails are safe and remain open for all of our hikers to enjoy.
Nominated by: Alan Laver