|The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
Ann Prescott has been a member of the Club since 1996, prompted to join by her cousin Dave Moore who was Club president at the time, and by her interest in birding. In 2004 Ann joined the Education and Publicity Committee and got involved in a range of activities to support the Club's publicity efforts.
Ann has been the welcoming face behind the sales table at the Club's monthly meetings since 2004. She has tirelessly transported the promotional materials, set up the display of pamphlets, t-shirts, publications, including copies of CFN, and greeting cards before members arrive at 7 p.m. and taken it all down at 7:30 for the start of the meeting.
In June 2011, she set up the sales table for the first time at the Club's Annual Native Plant Sale at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. She managed a brisk trade, selling Club T-shirts and several copies of Dan Brunton's Nature and Natural Areas in Canada's Capital, earning over $200.
For the past several years Ann has been an anchor at the entrance table for the Club's Annual Soirée, sharing responsibility for selling and taking tickets and managing in-coming traffic.
She has played an important role in the Education and Publicity Committee's drive to increase memberships. She has set up and staffed the OFNC display at Mud Lake, at Eco-fairs at the RA Centre and the Rideau Trail and at the Wildlife Festival at Billings Bridge, among other places.
Ann participated in the Club's promotional efforts in a number of government departments, including Agriculture Canada, NRCan and Telesat Canada. This involved setting up the Club's display, welcoming the public and answering questions regarding the Club.
She took over the task of ensuring that the Club's pamphlets were on display at the bulletin boards at Stoney Swamp and Jack Pine Trails.
It is for her quiet, behind the scenes generosity of time and energy that we wish to honour Ann with the George McGee Service Award for 2011.