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Volunteer Awards

ASN recognizes our outstanding volunteers in many ways. Read more about them here and on our Volunteer Profiles page.

Lifetime Achievement Award  |  Anita Rossall Award  |  E.R. Ward Neale Award


Clément Laforce Award (Awarded by ASN affiliate, Praxis Science Outreach Society)

Lifetime Achievement Award - read more about this award →

Godfrey Nowlan Ph.D.

Godfrey Nowlan, Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to exceptional volunteers who have filled multiple roles within the society, who exemplify the society’s values and who have shown commitment for at least 10 years. Godfrey Nowlan, Co-Founder and First President Calgary Science Network, Scientists & Engineers in-the-Classroom Volunteer and Workshop Presenter became the first recipient at CSN's 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Anita Rossall Award - read more about this award →

Recipient 2014 Lucio Gelmini Ph.D.

Lucio Gelmini at a Chemistry all Around You presentation

E. R. Ward Neale Award - read more about this award and previous recipients →

Recipient 2017 - Alex Diaz

Alex accepting the Ward Neale Award 2016

This year we are proud to acknowledge Alexander, better known as Alex, Diaz as the recipient for this award. He is passionate about science outreach and an outstanding volunteer.
Alex has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences, and is currently a data analyst at Yardstick Inc. However, his interests are much broader than that!
Alex’s real passion lies in astronomy, and so his outreach volunteering started at the TELUS World of Science as an observatory assistant, which he still does today. From there he joined ESON, ASN’s predecessor in Edmonton on Jan 16, 2012. In October 2014 he officially registered with ASN. He was and still is extremely positive and was ready to go right from the starting line. Over the past couple of years, he has presented on Grade 4 Light and Shadows, Grade 5 Weather Watch, Grade 6 Sky Science, and Grade 7 Light and Optical Systems. Alex has done 110 SEitC presentations for a whopping 2010 students through ASN. Furthermore, he has presented at ASN supported science events like BEST (ECSD event) and Family Nature Nights. While the numbers are impressive, it doesn’t necessarily define a great volunteer. The reason Alex was nominated for this award is because of his consistent willingness to lend a hand whenever asked. In fact, I don’t think students or anyone at ASN has ever seen Alex not smiling. When we send volunteers into a classroom to promote science and engineering, it’s that type of positive attitude we hope volunteers to bring with them.

In conclusion, Alex is an incredible volunteer, presenter, and educator. Both ASN and students in and around Edmonton are lucky to have him around.

“You never know which student in the class may be taking their very first steps toward a career in Science.”
John Cox, ASN volunteer and Chair of Earth Sciences Mount Royal University.

“It is immensely rewarding to be able to share knowledge with others. As a Scientist & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, ASN has afforded me many unique and memorable opportunities."
Dave Fowlow, ASN volunteer.