John Hawkins, David Payne, Dylan Manning & Emile Khan
In 2015 the Awards recognised three categories of winners.
Heroes of the Waterway Award – John Hawkins
Over the past 35 years John has given his time to his local group, the Rickmansworth Canal Trust, and the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) and more recently to the Canal & River Trust. In 2014 John volunteered 350 hours with WRG. John has been involved in a large range of tasks including working with local schools and promoting and celebrating the work of fellow volunteers through the production of the WRG member magazine ‘Navvies’.
Explorers Education Award – David Payne
David is the lead volunteer coordinator at the s Foxton Locks in Leicestershire and has been instrumental in both setting up this team and coordinating learning activities. Over the years David has delivered a range of school activities and has received a number of letters from schools praising the whole team for all their efforts. David always goes “above and beyond” to ensure his team of volunteers and the teachers and children who visit have a warm, educational and enjoyable experience.
Young Volunteer Award – Dylan Manning & Emile Khan
Dylan volunteers along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal as a member of the Burnley Towpath Taskforce group. He always demonstrates clear passion and enthusiasm and in his spare time distributes leaflets along the canal promoting anti-littering and has contacted the local media to promote the towpath task days.
Emile has contributed 550 volunteering hours working in the engineering and water teams within the Canal & River Trust. He has used a specialist computer programme to measure the amount of water lost by the canals which has been of great use to hydrologists. Emile is inspiring others as he has also recruited two new volunteers to work with the Canal & River Trust.