BC Parks has selected the top four volunteers for 2014, those who have contributed significantly to the province’s parks and protected areas system.
The recipients were honoured recently at a BC Parks banquet. They are:
Volunteer of the Year – Ken Matheson
Volunteer Legacy Award – Ross Keller
Volunteer Group of the Year – Friends of South Slopes
Community Partner of the Year – BC Marine Parks Forever Society
Park Facility Operator (PFO) of the Year – Rick Terrell.
Volunteer Group of the Year recipient the Friends of South Slopes (FOSS) from Kelowna invests time and energy into maintaining Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park`s trail system and restoring Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park after the 2003 wildfire.
The Friends maintain over 60 trails, spanning almost 200 kilometres, and produce a volunteer`s guide to trail maintenance, which helps their members as well as other volunteer organizations throughout the province in trail maintenance.
FOSS enlists other groups and volunteers to support their efforts through adopt-a-trail and trail sponsorship programs. They also facilitate many of the biking and running events that occur in Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park.