Volunteer Awards

At our Annual General Meeting, we award two awards:

1. Trail Maintenance Award

Given to any club that has demonstrated significant trail maintenance work along its section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail.

2. Volunteer of the Year Award

The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association Inc. presents the award to an individual member who has contributed significant time and commitment to their local club, but also to the association itself.

There is an annual call for nominations for these awards in our Winter Edition of Ganaraska News, and winners are announced in the Spring Edition and on this page.

2021 Winners

Given that 2020 was an extremely challenging year under the COVID 19 restrictions, the 2021 Trail Maintenance Award will be awarded to All Ganaraska Hiking Trail Clubs for their efforts to keep the trail open for all hikers to enjoy hiking our trail. We sincerely thank all volunteers who helped with trail maintenance in 2020.

The 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded to Glynn Richardson of the Wilderness Club, for his significant contributions to the Wilderness Club, but also to the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association as well. 

Glynn became a member of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association after going on a hike in Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park (“QEIIWPP”) some ten years ago. He was clearly smitten with QEII Wildlands as he went on to become Co-President of the Wilderness Club for 2017 and 2018. As Trail Director for the Wilderness Club in 2019 and 2020, Glynn was a tireless and effective organizer in leading work parties to trim undergrowth, paint blazes and attach trail markers. Skilled in the use of GPS devices, Glynn has been active in seeking out new trail routes within the Park, and was a key contributor in gathering field information including Points of Interest for inclusion in GHTA’s successful Ondago project. Glynn has been and continues to be an excellent ambassador for the Wilderness Club as evidenced by our exemplary relationship with the Ontario Parks staff that manage QEIIWPP.

Glynn is a popular hike leader who has attracted new members and encouraged them to step up and contribute their time and energy for the benefit of the Club. As a trainer of hike leaders, Glynn has developed field scenarios specific to the Wilderness Club trails in QEII Wildlands and has led field training exercises for our latest cohort of new hike leaders.

Glynn is a tireless promoter of GHTA on social media as well as in person on the trail, and he has manned the GHTA booth at outdoor shows in Toronto.

Glynn may also be described as an ideas man, having originated the “Nine Club Hike” (each year one of the Clubs hosts an open hike for the other Clubs of the GHTA), and he has organized canoeing/kayaking trips on the Black River. Glynn is passionate about wilderness preservation, as evidenced by his “Leave No Trace” training, and he promotes LNT principles to our members and on our FB page.

Congratulations to our winners!

Award Winners

Trail Maintenance Award               Volunteer of the Year Award

2007               Pine Ridge                2012               Linda Leblanc

2009               Mad River                 2013               Chris Rowe

2010               Orillia                         2015               Lois Kowal

2011               Pine Ridge                2016               Marc Vallee

2012               Midland                     2017               Bill Zeran

2013               Pine Ridge                2018               Isobel Thorup and Carol Strickland

2019               Barrie                         2019               John Sloan

2020               Mad River                 2020               Edda Zeitel

2021               All Clubs                    2021               Glynn Richardson