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The practice of recognizing the achievements of VNHS/NV members began in the early 1970s with the Bird of the Year Award. In 1975 the award now known as the Kaye and Charles Ney Award, which continues to be the premier award of the Society, was established in memory of Kaye Ney and it has been awarded almost every year since then. The Davidson Award and the Garibaldi Awards were established in 1993 and the Kay Beamish and Frank Sanford Awards were established in 1995. Further details of each of these awards are set out below.
The Kaye and Charles Ney Award
This award was established in 1975 in memory of Kaye Ney by her husband (and then President) Charles Ney, and it was renamed after his death. It is the premier award of the Society for “lifetime” exemplary service and dedication to the Society. Active Directors of the Society are not considered eligible for this award until they have served more than ten years as a director.
The Davidson Award for Conservation
This award was established in 1993 by an anonymous donor in honour of our founder, Professor John Davidson, who was also president from 1918 to 1937. Professor Davidson was a vocal advocate of conservation from the very early days of the Society and it is appropriate that this award recognizes achievements by the Society’s members in the field of conservation.
The Kay Beamish Award for Nature Education
This award was established in 1995 by an anonymous donor in honour of Katherine (Kay) Beamish, a long-time member, President from 1965 to 1967, and a botanist of distinction. It is awarded to recognize achievements by the Society’s members in the field of nature education, or contributions in promoting the aims of the Society.
The Frank Sanford Award for Community Service
This award was established in 1995 by his family and an anonymous donor in honour of Frank Sanford, VNHS Treasurer for 35 years and President from 1958 to 1960. An active member of many of the VNHS sections, Mr. Sanford represented the VNHS at many other organizations’ and community groups’ activities. This award may be made to any member of the community or to another organization, to recognize service and activities that support the objectives of Nature Vancouver. An individual receiving this award is not usually a member of Nature Vancouver, as the purpose of this award is to recognize individuals and organizations whose activities further the aims of the Society. In general, only one Sanford Award is presented each year.
The Garibaldi Awards for Service
Established in 1993, these awards are given to members who have performed a significant service to the Society over several years. Up to four awards are presented each year. A recipient of another major award would not in later years be presented a Garibaldi Award.