People passionate about nature

Donna Danyluk

Service Award Recipient 2018

President's Award Recipient 2010

Since receiving her last award over 20 years ago, Donna has been an indefatigable volunteer for Nature Manitoba. For nearly a decade, Donna served on the Communications and Promotions Committee and, more specifically, as a member of the newsletter editorial committee. She was the de facto co-editor of the newsletter and the guarantor of the high quality of the writing in that publication. Apart from writing numerous articles herself, she was also the instigator of many others, and edited all of them.

As part of the Garden Tour Committee, Donna assisted with many aspects of the tour including checking all details about the gardens prior to producing the tickets and having the posters printed. Donna’s own garden was twice part of the tour. She wrote the Nature Manitoba “Our Natural Garden Tour” Procedures, which are presented in great detail and basically provide a blue print for anyone needing information on organizing and delivering this event. For the past few years Donna has helped with the sale of garden tour tickets through vendors in the St. Mary’s Road area.

Donna served on the Discovery Evening committee for a number of years and contributed names and made contacts with many speakers during that time. She prepared the “Procedures for Nature Manitoba Discovery Evenings” and compiled “Past Discovery Evenings/Indoor Program Topics and Speakers (1986 to 2013)”. Both documents will be invaluable to future organizers of the Discovery Evenings. Donna also wrote the Annual Report on the Indoor Programs, including the Workshop series.

Even though Donna was trying to “retire” from duties related to delivering the Discovery Evenings, she stepped in when it was obvious the program was going to flounder because other volunteers had evaporated. She worked through the spring and summer to ensure that a program was in place for that fall. Donna was also a major contributor to the Naturescape book by Nature Manitoba.