Volunteers Acknowledged and Thanked: Awards Night

Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett

Apr 23, 2013

Volunteers Acknowledged and Thanked: Awards Night

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We would be nowhere without our volunteers says President Randy Murphy, and as exceptional partners in this venture, you are helping to make the dream come true. Hundreds of kilometres of fresh, pristine wilderness, open, free and accessible to all.

East Coast Trail Association recognized five outstanding volunteer contributions at the annual Awards night during Volunteer Week and presented a Tuckamore Award for support and perseverance to the Town of Logy-Bay Middle Cove Outer Cove. The Tuckamore Award was created by the board of the Association to honour and remember hiker and former board member Wayne Spracklin. The Tuckamore Award recognizes the positive contributions he made to the Trail, the Association and the people of the province. It was accepted for the Town, by April Kenney at the annual pot luck and social awards night.

Volunteer Janny Van Houwelingen received the Clipper Award for personal dedication to maintenance on the Trail. It is named for Dr. John Ross, who loved the Trail, and his daughter Wendy Ross and granddaughter Elizabeth Ross were on hand to help with the presentation.

The Flamber Head Award is presented annually to volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the Trail and Association.

Website Volunteer Tali Smith was recognized for her dedication to detail and hard work on both Trail upkeep and communications for the Association. She has logged many hours doing maintenance on the trail, and more recently has put in long hours (even while in India for a year) to provide ECTA with a functional and attractive web site.

Three former Project Management Committee members received Flamber Head Awards. Chris Ryan, who was in attendance, Bill Hynes and Gerald Kennedy were recognized for helping guide the Trail through early funding, construction and development challenges south of St. John’s. Chris is also a former member of the Board of Directors and was in attendance at the social on Tuesday, April 26th, to accept the award.

ECTA member and lover of photography Alick Tsui was guest speaker and presented a slide show and talk about his favourite Trail photos. Guitar music was by Dan Ficken.

Photos and Article submitted by Darlene Scott.