May 2013: It gives us great pleasure to recognize our former Executive Director Louise Goulet with an Acorn Award for all her contributions to Garry Oak ecosystems recovery. Louise is a born naturalist and has been interested in biology all her life, starting as an adventurous child and teenager who, with her siblings and friends, continually explored fields and woodlands, and the seaside and marine waters of the St. Lawrence River near her home in Rimouski, Québec. READ MORE →
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January 2013: Congratulations to long-time GOERT volunteer Michelle Gorman on receipt of her Acorn Award! Michelle has been the co-chair of GOERT’s Invasive Species Sub-committee (ISSC) for many years. She has worked for City of Victoria Parks for 20 years as the Integrated Pest Management (IPM)* Coordinator, and she co-chairs the Municipal Committee of the BC Plant Protection Advisory Council. She enjoys giving plant diagnostic workshops to Master Gardeners and other horticultural groups as time permits. Michelle’s training is in plant protection—particularly in finding environmentally sensitive solutions to plant insect and disease problems. READ MORE →
September 2012: This season’s Acorn Award goes to Jennifer Psyllakis. Jen has ably seen GOERT through one of its most challenging times during the past year, acting not only as Chair of the Board, but also as Treasurer. She willingly took increasing amounts of personal and holiday time to handle the hiring of a new Executive Director, fill the gap created by the departure of the Financial Administrator, negotiate a possible office move, ensure financial stability for the society, plan and run Board meetings, and perform many other Board-related tasks.
Fellow director Jan Kirkby says, “Jen has been one of GOERT’s most dedicated members and directors, willingly taking on a myriad of duties and roles with an unfailingly positive attitude, even when she had a new baby in tow! An amazingly well-organized and hard-working person who does most of her GOERT work behind the scenes, Jen is a wildlife ecologist with the BC Ministry of Environment, and has served on the GOERT Team and Board since 2007. Jen has been a pleasure to work with, and although she is stepping down as Board Chair, we’re very happy that she has agreed to carry on as a Board member.”
May 2012: This season’s Acorn Award goes to Arthur Robinson, a long-standing participant on the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT). For more than 20 years, Art worked as a Federal Lands Forester at Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC), and has been a key federal partner for GOERT, providing insight into activities and perspectives from both Natural Resources Canada and the Department of National Defence related to Garry Oak ecosystems conservation. He has recently become Archives Manager at PFC and is engaged in setting up a system and documenting the information he holds from all his years as a forester. READ MORE →
January 2012: It gives us great pleasure to present long-time volunteer Tom Gillespie with an Acorn Award. Tom is one of the founders of GOERT and of the Vertebrates at Risk Recovery Implementation Group (RIG). He is the founding Treasurer of the Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society (GOMPS), Treasurer for the Rocky Point Bird Observatory Society, and volunteer for the Victoria Natural History Society, Friends of Ecological Reserves, and the BC Purple Martin Stewardship and Recovery Program. READ MORE →
September 2011: We surprised long-time GOERT volunteer Jan Kirkby with her well-deserved Acorn Award at our AGM in September. Jan has been a part of the Conservation Planning and Site Protection Recovery Implementation Group (CPSP RIG) since its inception, and the Chair for the last couple of years. Additionally, she serves in a management capacity on the GOERT Board of Directors and is a member of the Recovery Team. Her work with the Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory (SEI) has been crucial for conservation planning.
July 2011: Congratulations to Brenda Costanzo on the receipt of her well-deserved Acorn Award. Brenda has been involved with GOERT since the initiation of the Recovery Team and has contributed in countless ways. She remembers the early days around the year 2000 when meetings were held at TLC’s beautiful Abkhazi Garden in Fairfield and the RIGs (working groups) were just forming. She became a member of the Plants at Risk RIG, which she chaired on and off from 2001–2009, and the Restoration & Management RIG. She recently contributed a chapter (Native Plant Propagation and Supply), co-authored with Fred Hook, to our soon to be published restoration compendium. They say if you want something done, ask a busy person: Brenda is always one of the first to respond to a request to review a document or provide information. Thanks Brenda!
GOERT Chair Brian Reader says, “Brenda’s contributions to GOERT’s success have been innumerable and invaluable, going well beyond her passion for conservation and great knowledge of botany, ecology, native plant propagation and species at risk planning and protection. Brenda works incredibly hard on many fronts but never seeks recognition for her efforts. She is always there to provide sound strategic advice and support on program funding and project management and has helped secure and then manage many funding packages and projects for GOERT. Thanks Brenda for all your tireless efforts on behalf of a mission dear to your heart!”
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Acorn Award September 2010: It was our pleasure on September 22 to present Rob Hagel with an Acorn Award for his many years of dedication to Garry oak ecosystems restoration. Rob has been the chair of GOERT’s Native Plant Propagation Steering Committee (NPPSC) since 2003. He works as the Supervisor of Greenhouse and Grounds for the Canadian Forestry Service at the Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC). Rob plans to retire from PFC in 2011, and is making noises about retiring as chair of the NPPSC as well. READ MORE →
Acorn Award May 2010: Congratulations to GOERT member Mike Meagher on the receipt of his Acorn Award. He has been with us since day one and has been one of the most active members in the organization, taking on a diversity of tasks over the years. He’s cheerful and welcoming, and probably the most consistent attendee at Team and RIG meetings. If he’s not out of town or playing golf or tennis he’s present. And because he is involved in so many working groups, he functions as a bridge among them. READ MORE →
Acorn Award October 2009: It’s high time we presented an Acorn Award to GOERT member Dave Polster. Dave volunteers on the Restoration and Management RIG as well on as both of its committees: he is a member of the Native Plant Propagation Steering Committee and co-chairs the Invasive Species Steering Committee. He also volunteers on our board of directors. Dave has an amazing ability to be in several places at once, working to restore Garry oak habitat while simultaneously directing mine reclamation in far-flung places and dropping by to give advice on small-scale restoration projects.
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