Grassroots, Volunteers Celebrating DUC’s Volunteer Champions Honouring DUC's top volunteers across the country for National Volunteer Week (April 23 - 29). April 25, 2017 Attendees and volunteers enjoy themselves at the DUC Long Point fundraising dinner in 2014. ©DUC For nearly eight decades, DUC volunteers have been the backbone of our organization. They are stewards of the land, pillars of our communities and ambassadors for conservation in Canada. That’s why DUC celebrates their dedication through our Volunteer Champions Awards Program. Across the country, we recognize the individual and team efforts that make our conservation work possible with regional awards such as Rookie of the Year, Chapter of the Year, Most Improved Chapter of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Nominees for National Volunteer of the Year The award for National Volunteer of the Year is the highest level of recognition from DUC’s Volunteer Champions Awards program. This award is reserved for those special people who find it in themselves to give just a little bit more. DUC is pleased to announce a tie for this year’s title by two outstanding women: Candace Franke (Saskatchewan) and Liz Kozakowski (Manitoba). The following Provincial Volunteers for the Year were all nominated for the honour of top volunteer in the country for the 2016 fundraising season. Read each of their stories to gain a better appreciation for how their passion and dedication has helped DUC’s conservation mission B.C. – Barry Corbet, Kamloops Alta. – Janet Fairless, Grimshaw Sask. – Candace Franke, Eagle Ridge Man. – Liz Kozakowski, Thompson Ont. – Mike Streib, Aylmer Que. – Jean-Marc Côté, Quebec City N.B. – Sharon & Merlin Dow, Beckim Settlement N.S. – Barry Faulkner, Weymouth P.E.I. – Ken Thomson, Charlottetown N.L. – Thelma Stockley, Grand Falls-Windsor Read These Stories Next Read more stories 85 Years of Conservation, Grassroots, Volunteers George C. Reifel: a legacy of conservation More confirmation and recognition for George C. Reifel's incredible impact on wetland conservation in B.C. and across North America. Conservator, Grassroots, Landowners, Volunteers, Waterfowl Raising the roof Nest box builders pick up their hammers for many reasons but they all have one thing in common: a personal connection to wildlife and a desire to give back. 85 Years of Conservation, Atlantic, Grassroots Early wetland wanderings lead to meaningful work for the environment Adam Campbell’s path to a successful conservation career began in Canada’s Wetland City.