By Bailey Cooke

Every year, the Ottawa Field-Naturalist’s Club hosts an awards night to take the time to say thank you to those who have made major contributions to the club over the previous year.  This year, the event will take place Saturday April 18th in the basement of St. Basil’s Church, at 940 Rex Avenue.

All members of the club are welcome to come out and support the many important members who help keep Canada’s oldest natural history club alive. Starting at 7:00 pm sharp, you can come down to socialize and munch on some refreshments to kick off what is sure to be a splendid evening. Browse the Macoun Field Club natural history exhibits, bid on items at the silent auction, and don’t forget to take the time to admire the beautiful art and photography displays that will be competing for the winning title.

At 8:15 pm, OFNC host Rob Alvo and President Fenja Brodo will say a few welcoming words, quickly followed by a brief chat about the Macoun Field Club Projects. Shortly after, the OFNC awards for 2014 will be presented.

The night will wrap up around 10:00 pm but not before the Despotic Natural History Trivia Quiz, remarks from the Ottawa Riverkeeper, as well as the announcement of the winners of the silent auction and the art/photography contest.

Come out and enjoy the night while celebrating this year’s award recipients:

Honorary Member: Ross Layberry

George McGee Service Award: Elizabeth Morton

Member of the Year: Natalie Sopinka

Mary Stuart Education Award: Tom Spears

Conservation – Member: Anouk Hoedeman

Conservation – Non-Member: Paul and Cathy Keddy

President’s Prize: Lis Allison, Bob Cermak

Spectators at the 2014 OFNC Awards Night.

Spectators at the 2014 OFNC Awards Night.