THE BRUCE TRAIL CONSERVANCY

Environment Committee

Calypso Orchid Environmental Award

Background - In the spring of 1956 Arthur Storey saw his first calypso orchid on a trip to Tobermory. Twenty years later Lloyd Smith commemorated the event by carving a diamond willow walking staff for him, including a likeness of a calypso orchid on the handle. In 1997 Arthur donated the walking staff to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, with the wish that an environmental award be established. The Calypso Orchid Environmental Award was established in 2000.


The original diamond willow walking stick and a commemorative plaque are displayed at the BTC Head Office. At the AGM, award recipients are presented with a certificate and their own engraved walking staff. The recipient must demonstrate a significant contribution to the restoration and preservation of the Bruce Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, or significantly enhance the education of users or potential users of the Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.


Nominations For The Annual BTC Calypso Orchid Award - The recipient of the BTC Calypso Orchid Environmental Award may include individuals, volunteer groups, institutions and commercial companies that have demonstrated a significant contribution to the restoration and preservation of the Bruce Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, or significantly enhance the education of users or potential users of the Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. Recipients do not have to be members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Exemplary actions by the recipients can have either a direct and/or indirect effect on the Bruce Trail. Meritorious actions can be a single event or undertaken over several years.


How to Nominate - If you know of a worthy recipient for 2014, nomination forms are available here or from the BTC Head Office at Rasberry House. Completed forms must be submitted to the BTC Head Office by June 1, 2012. For further information send an email to mail@BTCenvironmentcommittee.org.


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Calypso Orchid

(Calypso bulbosa)


Bruce Trail Conservancy Environment Committee

2000 The Cape Croker First Nation and the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club

2001 John Burton

2002 Margaret Reed

2003 George Francis

2005 Beth Kümmling


2006 Len Gertler and Dr. Walter Tovell

2007 Bruce Krug

2008 Dave Moule

2011 KEEN Canada

2012 Ned Morgan