12 June 2012

BIFHSGO recognizes excellence

Every year at its AGM the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa recognizes members who have made substantial contributions in various fields. Those recognized this year were:

1.    Best Talk by a Member:
Myra Conway, “The Tooley Street Fire – a 9/11 Moment for Victorian Londoners” (January 2012)

2.    Best Article in Anglo-Celtic Roots by a Member:
Patricia McGregor, “A Mother for Albert Weir” (Spring 2011)

Citations of Excellence
Carol-Anne Blore
Carol-Anne joined BIFHSGO in 2003 and immediately volunteered to assist the Anglo-Celtic Roots team as layout editor, a position she retained until this year in spite of the fact that she re-located to Victoria, BC five years ago. Her talent with text is also evident in our books on British Home Children and the Ottawa Sharpshooters. Carol-Anne and her instinctive ability to make our publications look good will be missed.

2.    Betty Burrows
Betty served our Society as Communications Director from 2006 to 2010 during which time she co-ordinated the production and distribution of ACR, she was responsible for our award-winning website and our newsletter; she has been active in the planning of our fall conferences, participating in the production of our conference program. Betty, our Society is better for your involvement and contributions over many years.

3.    Ken Wood
Our official photographer from 2007 to 2011 he photographed speakers at our monthly meetings and our annual conference, ACR authors, Hall of Fame inductees and in his spare time, proof-reader for ACR. Ken has always been willing to lend a hand, his photography provides us with a permanent record of those who have made a difference … Ken has, too.

Hall of Fame
Chris Macphail 
Chris Macphail served as Communications Director from 2004 to 2006 and left the Board to be editor of Anglo-Celtic Roots, a position he held from 2006 to 2011 during which time the ACR won first place in the National Genealogical Society Newsletter Competition in 2009 and 2010.

He co-chaired the 2009 annual conference, he has been a regular contributor to ACR and took an active role in the planning and production of our best-selling book, British Home Children: Their Stories.

Chris epitomizes volunteerism … always giving, contributing in a variety of ways to make our Society better … he not only gave us time and talent, he gave us class and lots of it.

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