NS Trails Honours 2018 Volunteer Trail Champions At Awards Ceremony
The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) held its annual volunteer award ceremony on June 16, 2018 to recognize the significant contribution volunteers and organizations are making to trails in Nova Scotia. The awards ceremony was part of the Federation’s Annual General Meeting in Halifax. Five awards were given out, including the White Hill Summit Award, the Federation’s longest-standing and most prestigious award.
Tom Rogers of the LaHave River Trail Association received the Trail Booster Of The Year Award, which recognizes the promotion of trails and trail activities. In 2017, Rogers coordinated a photographic history project called “Along the Lahave River from Bridgewater to New Germany 1867 to 2017” that connected the public with the trail and the history of the old rail-bed that connects communities between Bridgewater and New Germany.
Fran Wyman of the Pictou County Trails Association received the Trail Builder Of The Year Award. This award recognizes a volunteer for their outstanding contribution, determination and dedication to trail building in the province. For 12 years Wyman has been active in all aspects of trail development and has recently been leading progress on five local trails as a builder, hike guide and maintenance worker. She also spearheaded a local Ladies Trail Building Weekend, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Kentville Parks and Recreation received the Champion For Youth Award, which recognizes the promotion of youth participation on trails. Kentville Parks and Rec has made its extensive system of trails the focal point for children and youth engagement where “everyone belongs and everyone gets to play.”
The Coxheath Hills Wilderness Recreation Association received the Trail Group Of The Year, which recognizes a volunteer trail group for their achievements in trail development, management, promotion and/or advocacy. The Association received this award for their strong contribution to the growth and development of hiking in Nova Scotia through the creation of a network of trails in Coxheath Hills and for promoting hiking as a way to connect with nature and achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Wilson Cameron of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, was this year’s recipient of the White Hill Summit Award. This award is named after the highest point of land in Nova Scotia and recognizes the outstanding lifetime contribution to the development of recreational trails in Nova Scotia by a volunteer. For over two decades, Cameron has dedicated his time, commitment, knowledge and passion to the betterment of trails in Nova Scotia. He was a founding member of the Ceilidh Coastal Trail Association, and his achievements locally, regionally and provincially are a remarkable example of commitment to the trails movement in Nova Scotia.
Trail development in Nova Scotia is based on a community development model, which means the work of trail volunteers is crucial. “Trails in communities throughout our province simply wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers and trail partners,” said Vanda Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of NS Trails. “We are thrilled to celebrate and recognize this year’s winners for their exceptional work and dedication to trails in Nova Scotia.”