For more than two decades, Roger Bean has been an active volunteer at E.C. Manning Park. He built a cabin at East Gate, spent countless hours working on backcountry ski route projects and is often immersed in park activities and wildlife research.
Ray Worley is also passionate about BC Parks and has spent more than half a century volunteering in various roles at Kalamalka Lake Park, earning him the nickname “Mr. Kal Park.”
The pair are among hundreds of groups and individuals who donate their time and energy to the 1,033 provincial parks and protected areas throughout British Columbia. BC Parks values the contributions made by volunteers and recognizes those who go above and beyond through its annual achievement awards.
The winners of the 2018 BC Parks Volunteer Awards are:
- Individual volunteer – Roger Bean
- Volunteer group – North Okanagan Cycling Society
- Volunteer legacy – Ray Worley
“Many of our parks and protected areas have not only been established but also built and improved by passionate and enthusiastic individuals and groups who generously donate time and labour that benefits us all. The impact of their work is profound,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Congratulations and thank you for protecting and enhancing the spectacular natural environment that British Columbians cherish.”
The BC Parks Volunteer Program has more than 1,700 volunteers who contributed over 30,000 hours in 2017-18. Volunteers are involved in a wide range of activities, including trail maintenance, facility restoration, campground hosting, ecological reserve wardens, educational and interpretive programs, ecological monitoring and inventories, park management and planning.
BC Parks also recognizes the contributions made by community partners and park operators. The recipient for Community Partner of the Year is AdvantageHOPE and Quality Recreation is the recipient for Park Operator of the Year.
For more information about BC Parks volunteers, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/volunteers/
Connect with BC Parks: www.bcparks.ca
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourBCParks
A backgrounder follows.