Joan and Doug Heyland
The RCGS would not be able to fulfill its mandate without its volunteers. Joan and Doug Heyland are exemplary volunteers who have given many years of tireless work on various Society committees.
Doug, a former Executive Director of the Science Institute of the North West Territories, joined the Research & Grants Committee more than two decades ago. He was on the committee for eight years, from 1997 to 2004. Joan, an educational consultant in the North West Territories and Nunavut, subsequently joined that same committee in 2006. During their respective terms on the committee, both Doug and Joan were fair and considered in their evaluation of proposals to the committee, and highly supportive of the students who benefitted from those programs.
Doug also brought his pragmatism and focus — and a wealth of experience from having founded his own consulting firm — to the Audit Committee from 2003 to 2011. Joan also served on the Fellows Committee from 2009 to 2011, helping to welcome 80 new Fellows to celebrate the Society’s 80th anniversary — a momentous feat during which Joan was uncompromising in her efforts to ensure that the Society better reflected 21st century Canada .
Serving as voluntary members, Doug and Joan’s incredible dedication to, and ambassadorship of, the Society makes them very worthy recipients of this award.