People passionate about nature

Jean Pollock

Honorary Life Membership 1985

The presentation of this Honorary Life Membership is made to a most-worthy candidate, who joined the Society in early 1970. Within a year, she had volunteered her services in the office, and two years later, in 1974, she took over the reigns of Office Coordinator.

For all these years this member has been a quiet worker behind the scenes. She has done much to foster the goals of the Society by always being willing to aid and cooperate with individuals, both in our own society and with other organizations which have goals similar to those of the Manitoba Naturalists Society.

The MNS office could simply be a place or recording receipts, listing members and mailing bulletins, but this office coordinator has made it so much more. It is a place where over-burdened committee members may turn for help and information and where members or non-members may call for assistance. She has been (and will continue to be) a good ambassador for the Manitoba Naturalists Society. Her efforts were not confined to office hours. Many a night and weekend she has spent working and worrying over MNS affairs.

She has an excellent attendance record an monthly board and executive meetings and has maintained this record with a minimum of apparent complaint. No shoulder to lean on, and there must have been many occasions when her patience and tolerance where tried to the limit with the same old issues raised by new board members and inexperienced presidents. Poor Bill must have been a good sounding board!

She has been the recipient of the President’s Award every year since the award’s inception in 1977/78 – a real indication of the respect with which the presidents have held her contributions to each of them. Not only did she assume responsibility for reminding presidents of their duties, but constantly reminded presidents and committee chairs of significant dates and responsibilities.

Over the years she has been very careful with office expenditures, and for this we all must be grateful. She has managed to work successfully with a host of volunteers, and this in itself is no mean feat!

One cannot make a nomination for this member without mentioning the contribution she and her husband have made to Birds Hill Park, by the bird feeders they have erected and the food they put out every Sunday throughout the year. When forced to miss a Sunday, the food is given to a neighbour to take over.