Bruce Mines Sno Glyders Win Awards

Bruce Mines Sno Glyders Win Awards

The Bruce Mines Sno Glyders celebrated their 50th anniversary last year and several of their members were honoured with National, Provincial and District awards recently at the OFSC Annual General Meeting.

 “The Canadian Counsel of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit national organization which provides support to members, and a unified voice for organized snowmobiling at the national and international levels.”

Each year the organization presents the CCSO Snowmobile Excellence Awards to recognize exceptional contributions and support for the recreational activity of snowmobiling. Don Matheson of Bruce Mines was the recipient of this year’s prestigious award.

Award winners Paula & Don Matheson.
Award winners Paula & Don Matheson.

Don Matheson and his wife Paula have been active club members since the early 1970’s, stepping away while their family was young, but helping out with grooming, trail maintenance, fundraising and whatever else needed doing for the small snowmobile club.

Don was selected for the award because he’s shown outstanding achievement in the development and implementation of a groomer maintenance program and overall operation of a snowmobile trail groomer.  Sno Glyders Vice President, Leah Anne McMillan says, “To have one of our Sno Glyder volunteers win this award is an honor for our club, the community and the district.”

Don explains how things have changed in recent years. Now Groomer Operator is a paid position in clubs, and the grooming equipment and fuel is provided by the OFSC, making things much easier for the small clubs. However, there is still plenty of other volunteer work to be done for the Sno Glyders, such as clearing and signing their 130km section of trail, groomer repairs, safety checks and regular maintenance.

Don accepted his award at the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) Annual General Meeting in Mississauga last month.

Sno Glyders VP Leah Anne McMillan & President Chris McMillan.
Sno Glyders VP Leah Anne McMillan & President Chris McMillan.

Also winning awards for the Sno Glyders were club President Chris McMillan and Vice President Leah Anen McMillan who were honoured with the OFSC Family of the Year Award. Don’s wife, Paula Matheson, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by OFSC District 13 Algoma Sno-Plan Affiliation (ASPA). The Sno Glyders Poker Ride Committee: Pauline & Les Hillstrom, Peighton Baron, David Hay, Sandy Seabrook, Andrea Young, Kurt Rankin, Clayton Jeffery and Chris and Leah Anne McMillan won an award for Outstanding Snowmobiling Promotion in our area.