Volunteer Recognition

Kudos to all those who help in so many ways...

First of all, the Voyageur Trail Association would like to recognize those who are serving on the current Coordinating Council and all those who volunteer to be contacts for the VTA in their respective towns. If you would like to volunteer to serve on our Coordinating Council, or in any other capacity, please contact us.

The Voyageur Trail Association wishes to thank all of our supporters for their generosity through the years.

The VTA awards the Steve Taylor Award yearly to worthy volunteers that have made a significant contribution over the past year or in some cases throughout their voluntary ‘career’ years. Steve Taylor was a long-time President of the Voyageur Trail Association who, in 1995, passed away of cancer in his thirties. At the time, the Steve Taylor Volunteer Award was created in his memory to be awarded to honour an individual or individuals who contributed in an outstanding way to the goals of the Association, as Steve always had. Past recipients include;

  • Gayle Phillips
  • Steve Dominy
  • Bob Sinclair
  • Don McGorman
  • Larry Gringorten
  • Andy Penikett


To honour the memory of Bennie Nelson (by the estate of Lillian Nelson ~ 2010)

United Steelworkers Local 2724 (2006)

Active 2010 Communities in Action Fund (2006)

Ontario Trillium Foundation (2005)

Ontario Ministry of Tourism & Recreation Communities in Action Fund (2005)

Great Lakes Heritage Coast (2002)

Regional Services Branch of the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation (2002)

FedNor (2002)

Northern Exteriors Wholesale (2002)

Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Community Fund (2000)

Federation of Ontario Naturalists Working for Wilderness Program (2000/1)

The New Ontario Trillium Foundation (1999/2000)

Mountain Equipment Co-op Environmental Fund (1991 / 1995 / 1996 / 1998 / 2000)

Human Resources Development Canada Section 25 Program (1995)

Shell Environmental Fund (1995)

Laidlaw Foundation (1995)


Dieter Ropke – Photographer (2006)

Ontario Rangers (2005)

Erika Ropke – Potter (2005)

Norm Lediett estate (2004)

John Kovala estate (2004)

Trans Canada Trail Bronfman signs (2003)

Hike Ontario Landmark Legacy signs (2003)

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers International Program (2002)

Federation of Ontario Naturalists Volunteer for Nature (2002)

Naturally Superior Adventures (2002)

Ontario Forest Industry Association (2001)

  • Explore Magazine [2001]

Experience North Adventures (1999)

Out of the Woods Woodworking Shop – Pete Burgoyne (1999)

EJLB Foundation (1998)

Parks Canada (1998-7-6)

Steve Taylor Estate (1995)

Hike Ontario (through the Ivey Foundation) (1995)

Hike Ontario (through the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Recreation) (1994)


Great Lakes Forestry Research – Centennial Loop Trail (1999)

Pukaskwa National Park

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

Nipigon River Recreational Trail

Charity Village

Our thanks to all of our supporters and friends.

If your business would like to become a sponsor, please e-mail or contact us at:

Voyageur Trail Association,
P. O. Box 22009, McNabb P.O.,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 6H4

Contact us today about becoming a volunteer.