MWF Recognition Awards
In each and every MWF affiliated club there are individuals who regularly devote time and energy to the activities of their club which directly, or indirectly, support the mission of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation. In every community, there are individuals and groups who volunteer their time and talents to further the cause of conservation, and the future of angling and hunting.
For the most part, they go unheralded, with their only reward being the personal satisfaction of “doing their part for wildlife”, but the Manitoba Wildlife Federation wants to recognize those people for their untiring efforts.
NOMINATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 25
These awards will be presented Saturday, February 26th at the Annual Convention Awards Banquet. Note: Volunteer Service Awards can also be given out at the MWF general meeting.
Help the Federation acknowledge its “most valuable asset” by nominating that individual, association, or agency for any of the following awards:
Nomination Form (PDF)>
Awarded to those who have given freely of their time and energy for many years and are always available to lend a hand, regardless of the task.
MANITOBA OUTDOOR HERITAGE AWARD:
Awarded for demonstrating a commitment to protect and enhance the privileges of all Manitobans who participate in the heritage that is hunting and fishing and to pass on those traditions in good health to future generations.
Nomination Form (PDF)>
JACK DUNLOP MEMORIAL CONSERVATION AWARD:
Awarded in memory of Jack Dunlop for who “conservation was a way of life” for an outstanding contribution to conservation through an individual effort or community, provincial or national conservation program/project.
Nominatin Form (PDF)>
MWF AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR AWARD:
Awarded to recognize an MWF affiliate for past and/or present work or project that promotes and supports fish and wildlife conservation and enhancement, participation in the traditions of hunting and angling, youth outdoor activities, involvement in the community and charitable causes.
Nomination Form (PDF)>
2016 MWF AGM Awards – Brandon, MB
2015 Gold Awards
Congratulations to the following affiliates that achieved a minimum 10% increase in membership over the previous year. This year we have 26 Gold Award Clubs, as compared to 13 last year. The Federation is started to grow again!
Alexander Wildlife Association
Bosshill Creek Wildlife Association
Dauphin Fish & Wildlife Association
Deloraine Game & Fish Association*
Gimli & District Wildlife Association
Gladstone Game & Fish Association
Labatt Wildlife Association
Lake Manitoba Narrows Game & Fish Association*
Little River Game & Fish Association*
Morden Game & Fish Association
Neepawa & District Wildlife Association
Notre Dame Wildlife Association
Rivers Game & Fish Association
Rossburn Game & Fish Association
Russell Game & Fish Association*
Selkirk Game & Fish Association
St. Hubertus Game & Fish Association
St. Laurent & District Wildlife Association
St. Malo & District Wildlife Association
Thompson Wildlife Association
Transit Wildlife Association
Treherne Wildlife Association
Turtle Mountain Wildlife Association
Winkler & District Game & Fish Association
Winnipeg Firefighters Game & Fish Association***
*2nd consecutive year
***4th consecutive year
Volunteer Service Awards
“Awarded to those individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and who have given freely of their time and energy and are always available to lend a hand, regardless of the task.”
Corey is the current President of Austin and Area Wildlife. Under Corey’s leadership, the Austin Club has thrived and has built a new shooting range and started a new Jr. Rifle Club. There are few Federation events that Corey does not show up for. Corey, and other volunteers like him, represent the future of the MWF, and the future is bright.
David Olafson is on the executive of the Morden Game and Fish Association. David is part of a new group of volunteers who are revitalizing the Morden Club in recent years. In 2015 it came to light that the Province intended to convert Wildlife Management Area lands in the Pembina valley to Parks property. These WMAs had been freely and openly hunted for generations and the change threatened future hunting and trapping opportunities. With a little help from his friends, family and Club, David took the lead in organizing local efforts on our campaign to protect the WMAs from being absorbed into the Pembina Valley Park. We were partly successful in that half the WMA land was preserved. This is the kind of local advocacy we need from our Clubs to be successful protecting hunting and wildlife.
Among a terrific MWF Executive, this man deserves special recognition for an outstanding year of work on behalf of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation. With the help of some of his close friends like Fred Tait, Lee Robins led the way with the MWF RM campaign on spotlighting, which led to 19 RMs passing supporting resolutions and in November of 2015 in Brandon, two supporting resolutions from the AMM. Since those efforts, the campaign has really caught fire. He spearheaded the work to get the pheasant release policy in Manitoba changed so that now anyone can release pheasants for hunting without all the government red tape. Lee has been a tireless volunteer in trapping overabundant turkeys in places like Souris and releasing them in the Brandon area. Lee is a steward of the Brandon area turkey flock, including protecting them from predators. As a Board member of the MWF, Lee is a committed worker and a rock solid leader that ensures the Federation stays on solid ground with strong governance.
Every once in a while, the Federation catches a very lucky break, We caught that break when we met this woman. Tracey Malone has been one of the Federation’s best ambassadors in 2015. She has gone way above and beyond the call of duty as our insurer. She is much more than a business partner, she is one of our best volunteers. Tracey has done everything from help us start new Clubs, to volunteering at our events all the way to chasing corporate donations for the Manitoba Wildlife Federation. She goes the extra mile for our Clubs wherever and whenever they need her help.
This man can’t seem to say no to the MWF and we love him for that. His passion for the outdoors runs very deep. Ricky Ryan’s commitment to the Federation and its Clubs goes far beyond his business relationship as a corporate partner. One way or another, Ricky shows up and helps at most of our shooting and hunting events ranging from BOW, Wild at Heart to Provincial Hunting Day, and everywhere else in-between.
2016 Affiliate of the Year Award – Russell Game and Fish Association
“Awarded to an MWF Affiliate that has gone the extra mile in its local efforts to benefit their members, the resource and the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.”
My introduction to these great folks was at my first AGM in 2014 when they cornered me in the hallway for a lively hour long discussion about why it was imperative that everyone should have their rifles cased in deer season. I immediately knew these were interesting and passionate people. It turns out this Game and Fish Club have always pushed us all to aim higher in terms of hunting and fishing ethics.
In 2015, the Federation cancelled its long standing Conservation Raffle after declining revenue in recent years. We wondered how we would make up the shortfall. That’s when the Russell Game and Fish stepped up and agreed to launch a new kind of fundraising concept in partnership with us to perhaps, replace the Raffle revenue. Together, we held the MWF’s first-ever joint fundraising banquet. It was held in Russell on April 25, 2015 and it was a smashing success and a heckuva lot of fun.
The Russell gang, – led by people like Daryl Stelmach and Gerry Hogarth (Hoagy) and their wives, Geordie Daneliuk and many others from the Club – filled the room with local supporters who learned a bit more about the great work done by the Club and the MWF. The Club got incredible donations from the local community and the event ran like a top. Russell Game and Fish and the MWF shared the work and the funds – it was a win win. With the leadership and extra effort from Russell, we now have a new fundraising concept that we think will spread across Manitoba.
Manitoba Outdoor Heritage Award – Gerry Arbez
“Awarded for demonstrating a commitment to protect and enhance the privileges of all Manitobans who participate in the heritage that is hunting and fishing and to pass on those traditions in good health to future generations.”
What didn’t this year’s winner of the Outdoor Heritage Award do for his Club and the Federation to protect hunters, anglers and the resource in 2016? Gerry Arbez was the leader in bringing to the Federation’s attention, the plight of Conservation Officers. He pushed the hardest to reinstate overtime for COs and to reinstate night surveillance flights. Gerry’s efforts pushed the Federation to act and ultimately both the OT and night flights were reinstated. Gerry was a tireless and dogged representative of the resource in the East Side Road process, pushing for transparency and ultimately protection for moose in that region. Arbez has kept his Club at the forefront of fighting to maintain access to Parks like Nopiming for hunters, trappers and anglers. Gerry has been a leader in pushing forward with proactive communications to First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. He attended our first meeting in Bloodvein in 2015 and has been a stalwart on our Big Game Crisis Committee. Gerry is one of our most active volunteers in holding government accountable through sending letters every time one needs to be sent. Gerry’s leadership in developing his pride and joy – the “wildlife ponds” just outside of Lac du Bonnet – has been extraordinary. Nothing makes him happier than seeing people on the pond enjoying some fishing. Gerry not only leads in running the Lac du Bonnet Wildlife banquet, he is also one of our most active volunteers for our Wild at Heart event in Winnipeg and always gets some of our best prizes. He works non-stop for his Club, for the Federation and for anglers, hunters and the resource, so that future generations will enjoy the same outdoor opportunities he has had. He pushes us hard and all those around him to succeed but the person he pushes the hardest is himself.
Jack Dunlop Memorial Conservation Award – Brian Hagglund
“Awarded in memory of Jack Dunlop for who “conservation was a way of life” for an outstanding contribution to conservation through an individual effort or community, provincial or national conservation program/project.”
This individual has been a non-stop champion for the MWF and for hunting and wildlife. He happens to work for the Wildlife Branch. The MWF works in partnership with the Wildlife Branch, but we also push the government pretty hard to achieve changes that we desire. That can be a tough dynamic to manage, for both sides, and for all to still remain helpful and friendly. It’s not been hard for Brian Hagglund though.
Brian is instrumental in bridging the Federation with the Branch, ensuring that the work gets done, and when necessary, encouraging all involved to get over any friction that might occur along the way. Within the Branch, Brian has been key to paving the way for positive changes such as pushing to drop the age for youth to hunt birds to 10.
Brian is critical to the success and delivery of the Hunter Education program. He sits on our Hunter Education Working Group and generally facilitates the success of this critical program. Brian never misses an opportunity to mentor new hunters or to lend at hand at events like Provincial Hunting Day.
Brian rarely misses volunteering for MWF events. It’s hard to tell if he is doing it as a government employee, or just a passionate guy committed to seeing wildlife conserved and new hunters created. Mostly it feels like the latter.
Brian is a passionate hunter and angler who is as staunch a defender of the resource that you will find inside or outside of government. Always has been and knowing Brian, always will be.