2002 Owl AwardMaxine O’Riordan
Maxine’s life is one of service, and the RDRN has been fortunate to get a significant portion of her time and attention.
The success of a society such as the Red Deer River Naturalists is entirely dependent on the skills and commitment of its members. Year after year, without compensation or significant recognition, many people contribute time and expertise to further the aims of our organization. Once every year, we try to give back in a small measure by presenting the Owl Award, this year to Maxine O’Riordan.
Maxine has quietly served this naturalist group in various roles for more than three decades. She was there in the early 70’s when the remaining handful of Alberta Natural History Society members were struggling to redefine and revitalize Alberta’s oldest natural history society.
Maxine knows how to smooth the way for change and acceptance of new ideas and new leadership. She suggested a nominating committee, found a fresh venue and accepted executive position as the need arose: secretary, program committee, field trip director, newsletter editor, representative to FAN, refreshment coordinator, and others.
With respect to environmental issues, Maxine has written letters, presented briefs, worked with CAGE and as the RDRN representative on the Gaetz Lake Advisory Committee, played a constructed role at a crucial time in the 80’s when pressure from the province and city threatened the Sanctuary’s boundaries and protection.
Maxine still volunteers in various capacities. Maxine’s life is one of service, and the RDRN has been fortunate to get a significant portion of her time and attention.
RDRN has been enriched as a result.