|The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
This award is given at the President's discretion for singular contributions to our Club that do not quite fit the other categories.
The OFNC has always been strong in birding. This is probably the most popular activity among our club members. So when Bob Cermak came to the Board requesting support for hosting the annual OFO (Ontario Federation of Ornithologists) Convention in Ottawa we were pleased to support this.
Bob had a vision and a plan. It involved getting leaders from his many birding friends, and that included OFNC members but more importantly, birders from several other sister clubs in the region. It was a cooperative event that offered an amazing total of 29 field trips led by 38 leaders, over the three-day convention in September. Participants had hard choices to make. At the beautifully organized Convention dinner I heard the enthusiasm and delight expressed by attendees, asserting this to be one of the best OFO Conventions ever. This was a tribute to Bob's organizational skills; he did our Club proud. That is why I am presenting him with the President's Prize for 2014.
Prepared by Fenja Brodo