A former president, treasurer, secretary and director of the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club received the highest award from the provincial organization at the annual general meeting in Kelowna on the weekend.
Pat Westheuser of West Kelowna has also served as a director and regional director on the B.C. Nature executive, and recently has been doing the cooking for the B.C. Nature camps, along with the CONC current president Fiona Flook. That pair also organize the Young Naturalists’ Clubs in this area.
Westheuser was presented with the Elton Anderson Award by B.C. Nature president John Neville and past-president Bev Ramey at the agm banquet held at Okanagan College Saturday.
Elton Anderson was a past-president of the organization and the award goes to those who have emulated the dedication, devotion and energy he exhibited in furthering the aims of B.C. Nature.
Because Westheuser chairs the awards committee for B.C. Nature, keeping it a secret from her who was to receive that particular award was quite a challenge according to executive members.
Her husband, Hugh Westheuser was in on it, and admitted she even wanted to know why he was bringing his camera along to the banquet. But, he said, she was surprised at receiving the award.
They pair first joined CONC in 1979, and both have served in a variety of executive positions at the local level since then.
During the B.C. Nature Spring Conference that concluded on the weekend, delegates went on a variety of field trips and heard speakers on topics such as Nature in the Central Okanagan and Managing Nature, as well as attending birding and owling trips.
Pat Westheuser also received a new award from the local Girl Guides of Canada last month called the Spirit of Monashee award, for her decades of work volunteering with that organization.