Excellence Awards

The CCSO Snowmobile Excellence Awards

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) is pleased to present the CCSO Snowmobile Excellence Awards program to recognize exceptional contribution and support for the recreational activity of snowmobiling.

The CCSO Snowmobile Excellence Awards honor individuals, snowmobile clubs, associations and businesses in Canada that, in the recent past, have made a significant contribution towards showcasing the popularity and the overall appeal of the sport, have made a remarkable effort to promote solidarity and responsibility within the snowmobile community or who have offered exceptional quality of service to snowmobilers.

Snowmobilers in every federation and association affiliated with the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations have the opportunity to submit a nomination for eight (8) of the ten (10) awards offered. These nominations are submitted to a national panel of judges which selects the winners. The award recipients are announced at the Annual International Snowmobile Congress (ISC).

There are ten (10) categories of CCSO Snowmobile Excellence Awards. The categories and conditions of admissibility are as follows

1.  The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership. 
The recipient of this award will be recognized for their exceptional customer and after-sales service, superior technical knowledge, superlative efforts to promote the sport, and strong ties to their local snowmobile clubs and community.

2.  The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Organized Snowmobile Related Company.
The recipient of this award will be recognized for their exceptional contribution, during the past year, to the promotion of snowmobiling. Nominees will be evaluated on their sponsorship of programs or projects in conjunction with the snowmobile community, government agencies, associations or the media; technological innovations that provide snowmobilers with greater comfort, safety or price-quality value; or initiatives leading to the expansion of snowmobiling  in their community or the enhancement of its safety and pleasure. The following business types may be nominated for this award: snowmobile clothing, parts, accessories or industry supporting corporations. Excluded are the principal snowmobile manufacturers.

3.  The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Tourism Promotion and Development.
The recipient of this award may be a tourism operator, or not-for-profit agency, association or organization, which has shown outstanding innovation and achievement in the development and implementation of a snowmobile tourism program or original initiative that, has resulted in positive media recognition or increased participation from snowmobilers and/or non-snowmobilers. The net result is to have been a contribution to increasing the image and exposure of snowmobiling and the growth of the sport in that area, region, province or territory. In so doing, the recipient must have demonstrated a willingness to work closely with members of the organized snowmobiling community.

4.  The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Club.
The recipient of this award must be a member club of a federation or association affiliated with the CCSO that has distinguished itself in the following areas: management, trail development, grooming and quality, safety, environment, promotion and development and community outreach.

5.  The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Family.
The family receiving this award must belong to a member club of a federation or association affiliated with the CCSO, and will have distinguished themselves in the following areas: volunteerism, leadership, safety, the environment, promotion of responsible snowmobiling and development and community outreach.

6.  The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobiler.
The recipient of this award must belong to a member club of a federation or association affiliated with the CCSO, and will have distinguished themselves in the following areas: volunteerism, leadership, safety, the environment, promotion of responsible snowmobiling and development and community outreach.

7.  The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Youth Contribution – the  Pete Greenlaw Award. 
The recipient of this award must be under 18 years of age and be a member or family member of a snowmobile club belonging to a federation or association affiliated with the CCSO. They must be able to show examples demonstrating their continued participation and dedication towards the continued growth of snowmobiling as a family based leisure activity. Other projects can also be considered to demonstrate involvement in snowmobiling.

8.  The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Groomer Operator.
The recipient of this award must belong to member club or a federation or association affiliated with the CCSO, which has shown outstanding achievement in the development and implementation of a groomer maintenance program and/or the overall operation of a snowmobile trail groomer(s) specifically for snowmobile trails in that area, region, province or territory. This individual will have distinguished themselves in the following areas: volunteerism, leadership, safety, the environment, promotion of responsible snowmobiling.

9.  The CCSO President’s Award.
The recipient of this award is selected by the CCSO Executive Committee and must have shown outstanding leadership and support of organized snowmobiling in Canada.

10.  The CCSO Environment Award – The Pat Whiteway Award
This award was created in memory of CCSO President Pat Whiteway from Kelowna, British Columbia.  Pat worked very hard on environment projects and felt that snowmobilers should be recognized at the national level for their efforts.  The CCSO is very excited to have created this opportunity to recognize environment leadership and celebrate the successful education programs and the many partnership opportunities that are created by volunteer snowmobilers coast to coast to coast in Canada.  The recipient of this Award is selected by the CCSO Environment (NESP) Committee and must have shown outstanding leadership and support of the environment and organized snowmobiling in Canada.

 

Excellence Awards

2017 Excellence Awards

The CCSO Award of Excellence for Snowmobile Dealer of the Year
Winner: Five Star Motor Sports, Chilliwack, British Columbia

Five Star Motorsports of Chilliwack BC earned Snowmobile Dealer of the Year due to their complete dedication to their customers, the sport of snowmobiling, and their snowmobile club. The business changed hands, moved, and had a name change, but the core values remained unchanged for 39 years. The dedication of Kevin Prachna and his team goes above and beyond to make it a better day for snowmobilers. It was one of their customers who brought them to our attention with their nomination. It is very apparent that Five Star Motors realizes that without a loyal client base and excellent places to ride, the sport will suffer, and they are not about to let that happen.

The CCSO Award of Excellence for a Snowmobile Related Company
Winner: Harvest Meats, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Harvest Meats has been producing quality meat products for 88 years and has also been directly promoting and supporting organized snowmobiling over 30 years in Saskatchewan.

Ken Propp, the Company President, loves snowmobiling and encourages his employees to enjoy his favorite past time as well. He invites new people to become active in the local club, the Yorkton Sno-Riders. Ken feels it is a worthwhile endeavour to promote a great family activity that brings friends and community together. Harvest Meats contributes directly to the club by volunteering, but also fundraising. Over $128,000 cash has been given to support club charities over the past 12 years. Ken and his team have gone that extra mile to support their favourite activity.

The CCSO Award of Excellence for Tourism Initiative Of The Year
Winner: Luc Levesque, “ The Groomer Guy”, Dubreuilville, Ontario

The Groomer Guy concept was started in 1996 as pseudonym for Pat Dubreuil and Luc Levesque as they posted trail grooming conditions and information about the Dubreuilville Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club trails in their area. Luc has been involved in the promotion of the sport for more than 21 years. He has amassed a large following over the last 10 years on social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube with the content being viewed by an expanding group of riders.

The Groomer Guy and his blogs, posts, videos and general perspective on Snowmobiling, while documenting trail conditions and equipment, bring a fresh and unique overview of what the sport of snowmobiling is about. It also gives insight into the efforts that are required to keep the sport alive and healthy going forward.

Luc keeps it real, and people follow his activities like it was a reality TV show… He has become so popular that people will reroute their snowmobile trips to include a stop in the small community of Dubreuilville, Ontario. The Groomer Guy has lifted the profile for the small community of Dubreuilville and the Algoma Region trails.

The CCSO Award of Excellence for Snowmobile Club Of The Year
Winner: McMurray Snow Drifters, Fort McMurray, Alberta

In the beginning, membership participation in the Fort McMurray club was slow, but as local riders began to realize the importance of having safe areas to introduce and enjoy snowmobiling, the numbers steadily increased. The biggest boost to the club numbers happened when the club established a network of groomed trails. When local riders experienced how much better the riding was, they supported the club. These trails were accomplished with the hard work of volunteers, and support of the community. Membership started to increase rapidly. Their best membership year was in 2014-2015 with over 600 members.

The club has developed a strong use of social media and has used both a webpage and Facebook to inform members and non-members on club matters and ASA information. Since the huge fire “The Beast” last spring the club has implemented a new tag line. “Out of the Ashes & Back on the Trails”…. “Join the Drifters, and you will NEVER ride alone.”

The CCSO Award of Excellence for Snowmobile Family of the Year
Winner: The Warner Family, Arborfield, Saskatchewan

Darby and Cindy Warner have been involved with snowmobiling for several decades and their daughters Jennifer (24) and Jana (22) actively snowmobiling since they were little.

The Warner Family have belonged to the Pasquia Snow Goers Club from Arborfield, SK. for 15 years. This family stands out from most by the dedication and volunteering they have done. Darby works away from the community but does what he can. His Snow Condition Reports are top notch with good details for riders in the area.

The entire Warner family coordinates trail signage for half of the clubs trails. They fill the wood sheds and act as tour guides for the SSA and the Pasquia Snow Goers. Mom Cindy fills in when needed. Her duties include splitting and hauling firewood, hauling trail stakes to strategic locations, midnight runs to pick-up Darby when grooming and helping out when the trail closes in the spring. Jennifer focuses on the stakes and signs and uses her knowledge of photography to promote snowmobiling on the club’s Facebook page. She encourages her friends to pitch in and help as well. Jana is also helping with Facebook promotions and encourages young riders to come out to enjoy the trails.

The CCSO Award of Excellence for Snowmobiler of the Year
Winner: Peter Haldimand, Lachute, Quebec

Peter Haldimand who has been a snowmobiler for over 35 years began playing an active role in The Hibou Blanc Snowmobile Club in 1990. He has held almost every executive position, and racked up an estimated 13,500 volunteer hours. Peter has helped to guide his club to new heights of success. He continues to work tirelessly and selflessly for his club. A pillar of the snowmobiling community in the Laurentian region, Peter has twice been recognized by his peers as volunteer of the year for his outstanding contributions. He was recipient of the 2016 Quebec Ministry of Transport Volunteer Recognition Award. Now entering his eighties, he is still active in his club.

Peter’s wife Connie has been a priceless contributor and supporter helping Peter make things happen. He has often said he couldn’t do what he does without her.

The CCSO Award of Excellence for the Outstanding Youth Snowmobiler in memory of Pete Greenlaw
Winner: Jarrett Crowell, Wellington, Nova Scotia

Jarrett has a passion for snowmobiling and is a great promoter of the activity to both young and old. He is a member of 3 snowmobile clubs Fundy Trail, North Shore and Driftclimbers. Jarrett helps with trail work for these clubs when needed, helps at auctions for one of the clubs, attends rallies and club meetings. Jarrett promotes the Nova Scotia Youth Snowmobilers at his school by wearing NSYS clothing and never misses an opportunity to talk the organization up.

Jarrett loves to ride. Safely is important to him. Jarrett has completed his OHV Safety course in both snowmobiling and 4 wheeling. He carries a backpack when riding which contains essential safety items that may be needed on the trail.
At the NSYS winter event 2015 Jarrett lead the group in a safety discussion sharing the contents of his backpack with the other members explaining the importance of what he carries. Jarrett and his family attended the Ride for Dad prostate cancer fundraiser for 4 years. Jarrett also does his own fundraising for the cause. Jarrett’s passion for snowmobiling and community involvement is both admirable and infectious.

The CCSO Award of Excellence for Groomer Operator of The Year
Winner: Barry Malcolm, Snoman Inc, Beausejour, Manitoba

Barry Malcolm has been operating the Snoman’s Club groomer for 13 years. Barry trains new groomer operators. This entails 40-60 hours with each new person. Barry has been a member of the Brokenhead Trail Blazers Power Toboggan Club Inc. for 16 years. During his grooming trips he notifies other sign captain’s areas requiring signage adjustments on their trails. He attends all Club monthly meetings and held the position of Treasurer for the Club which adds a significant amount of volunteer hours. This year, one of his newly trained Groomer operators took over some of his regular shifts.

Barry is hard at it for the roll-out the trails in the fall and again putting things back in the spring.

2016 Excellence Awards

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Dealer
Winner: Extreme Speed RV Limited, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan

Extreme Speed RV Limited has been a Polaris dealer since 1995. This dealer is known for outstanding customer service that goes beyond the counter to be involved in snowmobile activities throughout the season. They have assisted their local Saskatchewan club, the Northern Lights Snowmobile Club with trail development, trail clearing, snowmobiles to use for safety courses, and prizes. They are dedicated to assisting the club ensure a safe ride for everyone even if it means adjusting regular work hours to lend a helping hand.

Extreme Speed RV Ltd has been recognized as the Dealer of the Year because they go above and beyond what would necessarily be regular service to a customer. They ensure a quality product, make sure that the right product is sold to an individual and therefore receive repeat clients because of their fantastic customer service. For customer care, great service and their overall dedication to the sport of snowmobiling, Extreme Speed RV has been chosen as the CCSO Dealer of the Year.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snow-Related Company
Winner: B and B Wilson, Barrhead, Alberta

This Excellence Award goes to B and B Wilson of Alberta. The company was started in 1974 and is currently operated by Clair and Craig Wilson. Clair and his wife Maria are active members of the Northern Lights Club and contribute many hours of labour and equipment. Putting in $30,000 dollars’ worth of work for an allocated $15,000, the Wilsons ramped up the trails then donated the funds back to the club along with a groomer. The folks at B + B Wilson understand the value of getting things done for the community they grew up that way, knowing that if it helps families into getting outdoors it is a good thing and a benefit to the community.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Tourism Promotion and Development
Winner: Atikokan Sno-Ho Snowmobile Club, Atikokan, Ontario

The Atikokan Sno-Ho Snowmobile Club has been in operation for over 30 years since been incorporated in 1984. Located in northwestern Ontario OFSC district 17, the Atikokan Sno-Ho Snowmobile Club focuses on creating awareness to outside markets and helps increase tourism in their district. A lot of this is done through forms of social media, attending events and creating positive feedback from the club’s own events.

The club participates in many regional, national and international snowmobile and tourism events. Everywhere they go the club promotes their own activities as well as riding throughout Northwestern Ontario District 17. Their hard work has been recognized by the Heart of the Continent Geotourism Program and National Geographic for their valuable contribution and commitment toward the aesthetics, culture, environment, heritage and well-being of its community.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Club
Winner: Fundy Trail Snowmobile Club, Truro, Nova Scotia

In the Snowmobile Club category, the winner is the Fundy Trail Snowmobile Club of Nova Scotia. The Fundy Trail Snowmobile Club is a family oriented club which has been in existence for 46 years and in 2015 was honoured as the Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia’s club of the year. The Club has seen successful growth over the last two years and has a current membership of 227 participants.

Safety has also been a focus for the club, as evident by their coordinating of Off Highway Vehicle safety course for new members. Cooperation with others is a strong attribute of this club. They work with other snowmobile clubs but also work with cross country skiers and even a running club who utilized their clubhouse in the summer for an event. A pro-active approach and open communication are the hallmarks of this organization. They are also in constant communication via email updates, weekly newsletters which go to members clubs and dealers and regular submissions to the Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia magazine, SnoTrails.

Building their membership, engaging other outdoors users, improving trails and promoting safety are key reasons why the Fundy Trail Snowmobile Club is the CCSO’s Outstanding Snowmobile Club of the Year.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Winner: Guenette Family, Whitecourt, Alberta

In the Snowmobile Family of the year category, the award winner is the Guenette family from Whitecourt, Alberta. Dan, Sue, Brad, Rachele and Hailey are all members of the Whitecourt Trailblazers, where Dan has been an executive member for over a decade. Dan’s business background helps to ensure that the club’s finances stay in good order from one season to the next.

This family is heavily involved with the Trailblazers through participation in fundraising, trail maintenance and clean up. This Alberta family strives to promote the sport and bring other families into this great outdoor activity. They are often seen volunteering at rallies, club rides and meetings and work the club’s booth at the Alberta Snowmobile Association show each year. The family-first approach to snowmobiling has kept all members of the Guenette family actively involved with the Trailblazers Snowmobiler Club and they are this year’s CCSO Snowmobile Family of the Year.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Snowmobiler
Winner: Gilles Roy, Temiscamingue Snowmobile Club, Quebec

Gilles Roy’s involvement in organized snowmobiling goes back to 1970 when he was a founder and president of the first local club. He remains a director to this day.

His passion and vision led him from the very start, as he worked to develop a local and regional trail network.  He devotes a significant amount of time every year to ensuring that the trails are safe and enjoyable for all.  He spearheaded his club`s drive to obtain partnerships and funding with various community stakeholders, helping to lay the groundwork for many developments beneficial to his club and all local snowmobilers.   His work was recognized by his provincial peers on two previous occasions, in 2005 as the FCMQ Volunteer of the Year, and more recently, as the overall winner of the 2015 Quebec Ministry of Transport Volunteer Recognition Award.  His selfless dedication, commitment and hard work exemplify all that is admirable about the lifeblood of organized snowmobiling and its volunteers.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Youth Contribution towards the Continued Development of Family Snowmobiling in memory of Pete Greenlaw
Winner: Jett Crowell, Wellington, Nova Scotia

Jett Crowell from Nova Scotia is 15 years old and a member of three clubs and attends meetings with his dad and younger brother. Jett loves to ride all year – snowmobiling in the winter and riding ATV in the spring, summer and fall. Whatever season, promoting safe riding is extremely important to him.

Jett helps with trail work, club events and rallies. His club promotes good environmental stewardship and he is learning and following best practices in this area. He understands the importance of trail maintenance, landowner respect and volunteerism.

Recently he had a chance to spend a bit of time in one of the local groomers learning the many aspects of trail grooming. He was very thrilled to get this opportunity and hopes to be able to do it again soon.

In memory of Pete Greenlaw, and for demonstrating dedication, commitment and leadership in all aspects of snowmobiling, we are proud to award the CCSO Excellence Award for Outstanding Youth Contribution to Jett Crowell.

The CCSO Excellence Award for Groomer Operator
Winner: Les Erixon, Kelvington Trailblazers, Kelvington, Saskatchewan

This Excellence Award goes to Les Erixon from the Kelvington Trailblazers of Saskatchewan. Les was one of the founding members of the Club which just finished its 29th season. Les is part of the grooming crew which consists of 4 other members who all enjoy getting out and making sure the trails are in top condition. Due to Les’s diligence the club has one of the best trail systems in the Province of Saskatchewan. Aside from his many hours out on the groomer, he spends time training each new operator before they are allowed on the trail. His outgoing and refreshing attitude draws people to the sport of snowmobiling and his knowledge of groomers and the trails make him an asset to his local club and the public.

2015 Excellence Awards

Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership
Winner: Valley Chainsaw, Pemberton, British Columbia
Commitment to volunteering, donating to the community and looking after his customers makes Valley Chainsaw the Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership of the Year. In operation for over 30 years, the owner, Albert Bush, is one of the founding members of the local snowmobile club and currently holds the position of club president. Through his dealership, Albert has given back to his community through the donation of countless volunteer hours as well as equipment or prizes – you can count on their support.

Outstanding Organized Snow Related Company
Winner: Alberta’s SnowandMud.com

This online resource for all things snowmobile and ATV related is locally owned and managed and has grown to over 47,000 members in a very short time. Started by Ron Willert, other volunteer moderators have been recruited to help keep the online forum current and relevant. This website has earned recognition and continues to grow as an excellent forum for snowmobilers to enjoy and exchange information and knowledge at no cost to the members.

Outstanding Promotion and Development of Snowmobiling

Winner: The Betties Snowmobile Club, Radium, British Columbia
The Betties Club, a women’s non-profit power sports club supports and promotes backcountry stewardship, safety, awareness, education and directs its energy and resources to growing program, projects and relationships that will enhance motorized recreation in Canada. By providing an environment that encourages women to be more involved in the sport and by providing mentorship and support, The Betties hope to further grow the industry, increasing club involvement and recruiting new members with new energy and resources. Support is provided to other snowmobile clubs through volunteer assistance with major projects, marketing, and promotion.

Outstanding Tourism Promotion and Development of Snowmobiling
Winner: Michelle Wolff, Sicamous Chamber of Commerce, British Columbia

Sicamous has been the emerging market in British Columbia as one of the top three sledding destinations. This is due largely to the efforts and support of Michelle and the Chamber of Commerce for the local snowmobile club. Michelle is the link for the clubs to the businesses. As an active sledder, she saw the opportunity and went after it. She also organizes an annual ladies ride which usually sees in excess of forty participants and last year over 20 of them had never ridden before!

Outstanding Snowmobile Club
Winner: Candle Lake Sno-Drifters Club, Candle Lake, Saskatchewan

The Candle Lake Sno-Drifters were organized in 1981 and have experienced success in growing their membership on an annual basis, focussing on younger families and youth joining their club. They promote safe and responsible riding and are involved in community activities on a year round basis that promote snowmobiling. Remaining active and visible all year helps people learn about the trails and organized snowmobiling. They are visible on the trails on the weekends, welcoming people from across the province to their area and show them around the trails and the community.

Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Winner: Marvin and Marlene Eckert, Alberta Beach, Alberta

Marvin and Marlene are both current executive members of their local club and have been for many years, being involved with the club for over 30 years. They are also very involved with trail development and associated funding. They have headed up media rides, maintained trail signage and helped with snow making for the drags. They play a big part in organizing rides, lobbying government, mediating with landowners and repairing equipment. Their list of involvement is endless!

Outstanding Snowmobiler
Winner: Rick Bilous, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Rick has been a snowmobiler since 1960 and has been involved with the local club since its inception in 1990. Rick has made an outstanding commitment over the past 25 years. His dedication has reinforced organized snowmobiling in the Yorkton area and ensured that it is strong and viable for years to come. He has been involved in the planning and development of the existing and future trail systems. He genuinely cares about creating a fun, safe and enjoyable environment for everyone!

Outstanding Youth
Winner: Brandon Spooner, Rocky Mountain Riders Club, Mackenzie, British Columbia
“]At sixteen years of age, Brandon has been actively involved in snowmobiling since he could walk! His father is actively involved in the club and Brandon is always at his side. He has attended club and provincial meetings, helped organize a group ride and Snowarama in his community, and keeps the club’s Facebook page filled with lots of pictures! Brandon hopes to increase youth involvement in the club as well as working with charities, the environment and promoting avalanche awareness.

President’s Award
Winner: Ron Purchase and Tim West, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

These two incredible and very deserving snowmobilers are very well known internationally for their work and efforts for organized snowmobiling. Both have left their mark on developing snowmobiling to new heights not only in Ontario but also internationally during their tenure as both volunteers and OFSC leaders. Congratulations to two great team players!

 

Check out the 2015 Excellence Awards Gallery

2014 Excellence Awards

Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership
Awarded To: Kelowna Yamaha, Terry & Laura Poirier from Kelowna British Columbia.

Outstanding Snow Related Company
Awarded To: Pineland Co-op from Nipawin, Saskatchewan.

Outstanding Promotion and Deveolpment Group
Awarded To: The Golden Triangle Committee from Alberta.

Outstanding Snowmobile Club
Awarded To: Club Voyageur de Hearst from Hearst, Ontario.

Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Awarded To: The Wyborn Family, Albert, Shirley, Kevin, Darcy, Tracy, Jessica & Miranda from Brandon Manitoba..

Outstanding Snowmobiler
Awarded To: Alphee LeBlanc from Moncton-St. Antoine Snowmobile Club in New Brunswick..

Outstanding Youth – The Pete Greenlaw Award
Awarded To: Jesse Guenther with the Nopiming Sno-Mads in Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba

2013 Excellence Awards

Winners of the CCSO 2013 Excellence Awards Hosted in Green Bay, Wisconsin

In June 2013 the Wisconsin Snowmobile Association (WSA) hosted a very successful International Snowmobile Congress (ISC). CCSO Excellence Awards were presented at the President’s Awards Banquet Gala on Saturday night at ISC. Congratulations to all of the nominees and a special thank you to all for your efforts to highlight the many success stories.

Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership
Awarded To: Nickel City Motors from Thompson Manitoba

Outstanding Snow-Related Company
Awarded To: Choko Designs from Saint Leonard, Quebec

Outstanding Snowmobile Club

Awarded To: Snowcrest Riders Snowmobile Club from Gravenhurst Ontario

Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Awarded To: The Bromberger Family from Weslock, Alberta. Cliff, Nora, George and Becky

Outstanding Snowmobiler
Awarded To: Don Wheaton from the Miramichi Snow-Goers, New Brunswick

Outstanding Youth – (The Pete Greenlaw Award)

Awarded To: Connal Gurbach from the Pasqui Snow Goers Club in Arborfield, Saskatchewan

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations would like to thank everyone for their nominations and wish to congratulate all of this year’s winners of the 2013 CCSO Excellence Awards.

2012 Excellence Awards

Winners of the CCSO 2012 Excellence Awards Hosted in Sturbridge, Massachusetts

In June 2012 the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SledMass) hosted a very successful International Snowmobile Congress (ISC). CCSO Excellence Awards were presented at the President’s Awards Banquet Gala on Saturday night at ISC. Congratulations to all of the nominees and a special thank you to all for your efforts to highlight the many success stories.

Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership
Awarded To:
City Argo from Miramichi, New Brunswick

Outstanding Snow-Related Company
Awarded To:
Choko Designs from Saint Leonard, Quebec

Outstanding Snowmobile Promotion & Development
Awarded To:
Alberta Beach Lions Club from Alberta

Outstanding Snowmobile Club
Awarded To:
Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Club from Ontario

Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Awarded To:
The Brooks Family from Mazinaw Powerline Snowmobile Club in Ontario, Jim and Shawna Brooks

Outstanding Snowmobiler
Awarded To:
Dale Hickox from Prince Edward Island

Outstanding Youth – (The Pete Greenlaw Award)
Awarded To:
Tyler Ryerson from Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations would like to thank everyone for their nominations and wish to congratulate all of this year’s winners of the 2012 CCSO Excellence Awards.

2011 Excellence Awards

Winners of the CCSO 2011 Excellence Awards Hosted in Calgary, Alberta

In June the Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA) hosted a very successful International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) with representatives from 4 countries in attendance. CCSO Excellence Awards were presented at the President’s Awards Banquet Gala on Saturday night at ISC. Congratulations to all of the nominees and a special thank you to all for your efforts to highlight the many success stories.

Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership
Awarded To:
Enns Brothers from Winnipeg Manitoba

Outstanding Snow-Related Company
Awarded To:
SnowandMud.com, from Alberta

Outstanding Snowmobile Promotion & Development
Awarded To:
Cycle Works West from Alberta

Outstanding Snowmobile Club
Awarded To:
Wasaga Snowmobile Club from Ontario

Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Awarded To:
The Byman Family from Revelstoke British Columbia. Greg, Barb and his son Bryce

Outstanding Snowmobiler
Awarded To:
Laurent Caoutte from Quebec

Outstanding Youth – The Pete Greenlaw Award
Awarded To:
Blake Schofield from Gravenhurst, Ontario

CCSO Environmental Recognition Award:
Awarded To:
Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA).

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations would like to thank everyone for their nominations and wish to congratulate all of this year’s winners of the 2011 CCSO Excellence Awards.

2010 Excellence Awards

Winners of the CCSO 2010 Excellence Awards Hosted in Coralville, Iowa

Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership
Awarded To:
Sobetski Enterprises of Beausejour, Manitoba

Outstanding Organized Snowmobile Related Company
Awarded To:
Capri Insurance from Kelowna British Columbia

Outstanding Snowmobile Promotion and Development of Snowmobiling
Awarded To:
Port Perry Snowmobile Club from Ontario

Outstanding Snowmobile Club
Awarded To:
Annapolis Valley Lake & Ridge Runners from Nova Scotia

Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Awarded To:
The Stapley Family, Ontario

Outstanding Snowmobiler
Awarded To:
Dwayne Wenger from Flin Flon, Manitoba

Outstanding Snowmobile Tourism, Promotion and Development
Awarded To:
The Whitecourt Trailblazers from Alberta

Outstanding Youth (The Pete Greenlaw Award)
Awarded To:
Chad Patriquin from Wellington, Nova Scotia

The Environment Award (presented in memory of CCSO President Pat Whiteway from Kelowna, BC)
Awarded To: The Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ)

2009 Excellence Awards

Winners of the CCSO 2009 Excellence Awards Hosted in Summerside, PEI

The President’s Award for 2009
Awarded To:
The Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Stephan Harper
The Prime Minister received this award, the highest honour granted by the association for delivering on his commitment to expand Canada’s network of trails. The Prime Mister was quoted ‘I am honoured to receive this award from an organization that appreciates and understands the importance of conserving Canada’s natural heritage so it can be enjoyed for future generations said the Prime Minister. ‘Investing in Canada’s national trails helps create jobs today. It also opens up new opportunities for tourism businesses and allows more Canadians to enjoy the Canadian countryside in a safe and responsible manner.’

The Environment Award for 2009 presented in memory of CCSO President Pat Whiteway from Kelowna, BC
Awarded Jointly To:
British Columbia Snowmobile Federation (BCSF) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC)

Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership
Awarded To:
Motor Tech Ltd, Golden BC

Outstanding Organized Snowmobile Related Company
Awarded To:
SnoRiders West Magazine

Outstanding Snowmobile Promotion and Development of Snowmobiling
Awarded To:
Dapp Corner Store, Dapp Alberta

Outstanding Snowmobile Club
Awarded To:
Arctic Riders from Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario

Outstanding Snowmobile Family
Awarded To:
The LaRoy Family, Revelstoke British Columbia

Outstanding Snowmobiler
Awarded To:
Jack Hore, St Joseph Island Voyageurs Club, Ontario
Nominated by: Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC)

Outstanding Snowmobile Tourism, Promotion and Development
Awarded to:
Alberta Lakeland Destination Marketing Organization, North Eastern Alberta

Outstanding Youth – The Pete Greenlaw Award
Awarded To:
Brad Guenette from Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club, Whitecourt Alberta

 

Environmental Recognition Awards

2010-2011

The winner for 2010-2011 Environmental Recognition Award:
Alberta Snowmobile Association 

The Alberta Snowmobile Association Environment Policy says it all The ASA is committed to a leadership role in fostering the environmentally responsible development and use of Alberta snowmobile trails by working with the stakeholders through a sustained program of dedicated funding, research, public education and innovative special projects.

Every year, the ASA brings its message of environmentally safe and sounds riding practices to over 10,000 students, through our SAFE RIDERS! School safety program. Messages like – Leave tracks not trash, pack it in pack it out, stay on the trails, keep your machines exhaust unmodified to keep decibels down, are just some of the messages we bring forward. The ASA also presents a province-wide national snowmobile environment awareness month radio campaign through Alberta networks every February.

From sharing the environment theme while training in the school programs to the consistent corporate messaging, from web sites to the International Snowmobile Congress in Calgary – the theme is that snowmobilers care and together they can make a difference.

Congratulations to the Alberta Snowmobile Association for their education and awareness programs on why Alberta’s Snowmobilers Care About the Environment – Well Done!

2009-2010

The winner for 2009-2010 Environmental Recognition Award:
Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (FCMQ) 

The Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs has taken a proactive approach to addressing environmental issues specific to their province starting with the design and implementation of a five year action plan presented in September 2008.

Their Vision statement says it all:
– To become a proactive player in its environment in order to create synergies enabling it to face the social issues associated with the practice of snowmobiling in Quebec so that the snowmobile community may adhere to the principle of sustainable development.

The FCMQ has committed time and resources to the implementation of the action plan as evidenced by:

  • Annual aggressive tree planting program along their trails in partnership with Tree Canada.
  • Annual Support of the École de technologie for the green snowmobile research projects each year.
  • Including information sessions on the environment at their annual congress.
  • Updated their web site with environmental link and information.
  • Planned to run a carbon neutral event with the Women’s breast Cancer snow run in 2010.
  • Had two carbon-free promotional rides in February in support of the National Snowmobiling Environment month celebrations.
  • Regular environmental messaging in their magazine.

Congratulations to the Quebec Federation of Snowmobile Clubs for their work and efforts to educate the general public on how Quebec Snowmobilers Care About the Environment – Well done!

2008-2009

The 2008 – 2009 Environmental Recognition Award was jointly awarded to:
The British Columbia Snowmobile Federations (BCSF) and The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC).

Joint winner for 2008-2009 Environmental Recognition Award: The British Columbia Snowmobile Federations (BCSF)

Over the years the BCSF has worked hard to try and maintain snowmobiling riding areas in British Columbia but one issue that always comes forward is the Caribou issue. Mountain and Northern caribou areas affects half the snowmobile clubs in BC one way or another.

The BCSF is recognized for their Environmental Stewardship Program that consists of the following:

  • A Guide to Environmental Stewardship – This guide contains links to laws or regulations pertaining to snowmobiling, Best Management Practices, Operating Procedures for snowmobiling clubs in Caribou Habitat, Code of Ethics, Memorandum of Understanding regarding Management of Snowmobiling in Mountain Caribou Habitats, Contacts, etc.
  • A Monitoring/Reporting form ( to report animal sightings or observations of animals or riders in restricted areas) The need to report and record for future use is huge because if the herds do not increase or the animals continue to congregate into snowmobile areas, we will at the very least have some data collected.
  • A Caribou Training Matrix( complete CD for educating people on caribou habits, Identifying habitat, tracks and more).
  • Pamphlets on snowmobiling in Caribou habitat.
  • Promoting Greener choices for snowmobilers to make people think about their choices from individuals to actions by their clubs.

These educational tools will help educate the public and volunteers that Snowmobilers really do care about our Environment!

2008-2009 Joint Winner

Joint winner for 2008-2009 Environmental Recognition Award:
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

The OFSC is committed to a leadership role in fostering the environmentally responsible development and use of Ontario Snowmobile Trails by working with Stakeholders through a sustained program of dedicated funding, research, public education and innovative special projects.

Since 1992, the OFSC has invested $1.5 Million in projects to improve the environment and to assist clubs in minimizing environmental impacts. With $1 dollar from every Ontario trail permit committed to the environment, OFSC snowmobilers work closely with partners and member clubs to educate the public, draw attention to the environment and make capital improvements to trails and water crossings on their vast network of trails of over 34,000 kms.

From planting trees, to working with the media, to creating public service announcements, to holding public forums, the OFSC, its Board of Governors and its thousands of volunteers fully understands and are committed to let the world know that Snowmobilers really do care about our Environment!