Life Memberships are granted to those individuals who have demonstrated significant, sustained and high-quality volunteer service over a period of years. Life Members reflect a dedication to the values of the Friends.
Any member may nominate another for a Life Membership by submission to the Board of Directors by January 1st each year. Full details on the requirements for nominations can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of the website (Policy #019).
Life Members are exempt from membership fees.
|Peter & Jenny Alker||Don Davis||Nick & Bev Quickert|
|Harold (*d) & Anne Atkins||Joanne Dewey||Anna Rittwage|
|Nels Banting||Sid Hadlington (*d)||Stephen & Nancy Sinclair|
|Bob (*d) & Jean Beach||Fred & Lois Helleiner||Sheila Soden|
|John & Sharon Blaney||Jane (Law) Irvine||Glenn & Gerry Spence|
|Don & Joyce Boucher||Janette Johnston (*d)||Nancy & Brian Sutton|
|Isabelle Brose||Craig & Ruth Kerr||Steve Turl|
|Tone Careless||Tawni Lange (*d)||Ron Waddling|
|Liz & Earle (*d) Chatten||Janine McClintock||Audrey E. Wilson|
|John & Eileen Cockburn||Don and Fran Morrison||May (*d) & Bill Wilson|
|Bev Cook||Don & Bonnie Ogden|
|Ernie & Carolyn Payette|
(*d) denotes deceased
The John Cole Award, named in honour of our first Board Chair, is given annually to the Volunteer of the Year. The Board of Directors of the Friends has the difficult task of selecting just one Volunteer of the year from the many deserving candidates. Our Volunteer of the Year is to be a shining example of the values of our organization and his or her service to the Friends lasts for more than just this year, of course.
|2014||Jobes Woods Trail Builders|
|2011||Jack & Lesley Scott|
|1999||Loretta Banting & the Christmas at Presqu'ile Committee|
|1998||Bill & May Wilson|
We are missing some records of prior award winners and would really like to recognize everyone. Please let us know at Contact Us if you have additional information on previous winners.
In 2017 The Friends of Presqu’ile Park launched an annual bursary program to recognize the efforts of the fine young people who work as summer student employees in Presqu’ile Park. Two different types of bursaries are awarded.
The J. Beverlie Cook Career Bursary is awarded to someone following a course of study at the post-secondary level that might lead to a career in the Parks system. This award is named after Bev Cook, a dedicated Friends volunteer, who created the bursary program during her time as Chair of the Friends.
Student Bursaries are awarded to deserving student park staff. Students could be nominated by the public, their peers or a supervisor for demonstrating skills and actions to improve the park experience.
Nomination and application forms are available here: Student Bursary Nomination and Application.
Read about past winners below. Click on the year to read the news story and see photos.
Career Bursary: Eryn Barton
Student Bursary: Ida Mackey
Career Bursary: Clarissa Duthie
Student Bursary: Emma Sabine-Craig
Career Bursary: Jaeden Avery
Student Bursaries: Ethan Reynolds, Noah Evans, Sarah Shannon, Sydney Stewart, Gregory Vaskovsky
Career Bursary: Colin Bauer
Student Bursaries: Lauren Draaistra, Hope Brinkman, Ryan Renaud, Parys Carr
Career Bursary: Rachel Siblock
Student Bursaries: Robert Ormston, Alana Bellamy, Christie Mutton, Eli Shannon.
Career Bursary: Aly Morris
Student Bursaries: Kristen Wierda, Mara VanMeer, Sinead Gibson, Quinley Nichols