Don Bourassa, a 25 year volunteer with Ducks Unlimited Canada, and a resident of Dawson Creek, was named the Ducks Unlimited Canada volunteer of the year for British Columbia.
“This was not something that was on my radar,” said Bourassa in a press release. “I’m grateful to be honoured, but this award goes beyond recognizing just me. We have such a strong committee, a dedicated group of volunteers, and a supportive business community that I share this honour with. I love being outdoors, whether it’s canoeing, camping, or hunting. Being part of Ducks is something I feel I need to do to give back to the important work in the conservation of wetlands.”
The release notes that the Dawson Creek chapter is “one of the most engaged and active” in BC, frequently ranking top three in fundraising.
“He knows when to be a leader, when to be a team player, and most importantly, he’s a great ambassador for DUC,” said Ken Ferris, Manager of Volunteers and Events for DUC in Northern BC, in the release.
“Four years ago, the Dawson Creek event was in jeopardy of folding due to the retiring of their long standing chair. This would have been potential major loss for wetland conservation. Don stepped up as co-chair, and the next year took on the chair position. He has assembled a great team of enthusiastic volunteers, and he continues to recognize that succession is key to the health of the chapter by recruiting new members each year.”
There are over 840 volunteers for DUC in BC, and 5,600 across Canada. DUC honoured Bourassa as part of National Volunteer Week (April 7 to 13).