BTC Awards:

Volunteer of the Year Award

Susan Oleskevich Award

Honorary Membership

Years of Service Awards

BTC Head Office Volunteer Award

Calypso Orchid Award

Award Recipient List

Award Name Award Description Nomination Information
Volunteer of the Year Award The Volunteer of the Year Award is based on the nominee's contributions to the BTC from April of the previous year to April of the current year only. The BTC is not looking for a lifetime of contributions since that would preclude volunteers who have been with us for a short time period. This award will recognize any form of volunteering for the BTC. Submit nomination letter of 250 words explaining why the volunteer deserves the award to the BTC Director Organizational Resources at jrandle@brucetrail.org by May 31st  
Susan Oleskevich Award

Susan Oleskevich was a special Bruce Trail volunteer. For more than a decade she was a loyal trail maintenance volunteer. During this time, she was Trail Director for the Conservancy, and for the Caledon Hills and Toronto Bruce Trail Clubs.

When Susan died suddenly in the summer of 1995, a group of her friends wanted to donate a lasting symbol of her contribution to the Trail. From these discussions came the Susan Oleskevich Award. The contributions of Susan Oleskevich deserve to be remembered. With the annual presentation of this award, her memory will remain strong and provide a source of motivation for all of us as we continue our volunteer commitment.

The criteria for selection are that the winner shall:

  • Have been actively involved in the physical work of trail maintenance and development
  • Have long-standing commitment to trail work
  • Be an outstanding trail worker
Submit a nomination letter to the BTC Trail Director by August 15th
Honorary Membership The Honorary Membership is an award given to selected BTC members who have made a lasting, significant contribution to the Conservancy. The award consists of a certificate and the waiver of annual dues for the lifetime of the recipient.

Selection Criteria

  • The nominee must have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and commitment, and have accomplished significant achievement towards the fulfilling of the BTC Mission "to provide a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment and promote protection of the Escarpment and appreciation of its natural beauty".
  • The nominee must have volunteered at both Conservancy and Club levels.

Submit the nomination form to the Director of Organizational Resources at jrandle@brucetrail.org by May 31st

Nomination Form - Honorary Membership (.pdf, 129.8 KB)

 

Years of Service Awards The Conservancy Volunteer Awards are years of service awards given to volunteers who have contributed so many years to volunteering directly for the Conservancy, either through committees, boards, workgroups, or at the Head Office. Awards are given out for 1, 3, 5, 10,15, 20 and 25 years of service.
Years of service awards have been recorded since 1993. In 1993 a catch up award was given to all volunteers, and volunteer time given since 1993 are all that is counted towards the years of service awards.
Presented as volunteers reach the levels of service required. No nomination process
BTC Head Office Volunteer Award  In recognition of the invaluable contributions made by our office volunteers.
Decision for the award is made by the BTC Staff.
 The decision for this award is made in November
Calypso Orchid Award

The recipient of the BTC Calypso Orchid Environmental Award may include individuals, volunteer groups, institutions and commercial companies that have demonstrated a significant contribution to the restoration and preservation of the Bruce Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, or significantly enhance the education of users or potential users of the Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.
Recipients do not have to be members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Exemplary actions by the recipients can have either a direct and/or indirect effect on the Bruce Trail. Meritorious actions can be a single event or undertaken over several years.

In the spring of 1956 Arthur Storey saw his first calypso orchid on a trip to Tobermory. Twenty years later Lloyd Smith commemorated the event by carving a diamond willow walking staff for him, including a likeness of a calypso orchid on the handle. In 1997 Arthur donated the walking staff to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, with the wish that an environmental award be established. The Calypso Orchid Environmental Award was established in 2000.

The recipient must demonstrate a significant contribution to the restoration and preservation of the Bruce Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, or significantly enhance the education of users or potential users of the Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.

Submit the nomination form by June 1st to info@brucetrail.org attn: Calypso Orchid Award

Nomination Form - Calypso Orchid Award (.pdf, 37.4 KB)