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​​​George R. Richardson Award of Honour

This award is presented to one recipient each year, to honour and recognize lifetime environmental achievement.​

The 2022 award is presented to Herb Quan for dedicating more than two decades to preserve and improve the natural environment for both fish species and the community by participating in countless conservation projects benefiting the Lake Simcoe watershed.

​Congratulations Herb!


Herb Quan is an angler with a deep love for everything outdoors, especially fishing. As a founding member of the Lake Simcoe Fisheries Stakeholder Committee (formed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in 2007), a representative of the grassroots Ontario BASS Nation angling organization since 1997, and past president and current Youth Chair of the Aurora Bassmasters fishing club, Herb has a wealth of knowledge.

His love of angling has inspired him to work with young people and families to develop a passion for not only conservation but fishing as well. Herb has also participated in several road clean-ups, fisheries habitat restoration projects and shoreline erosion projects – graciously volunteering his time and expertise. Herb has joined other volunteers to plant native plants to help restore wetlands, cleared obstructions in a creek created by a busy beaver, helped with electrofishing monitoring and has worked to restore milkweed plants to encourage monarch butterflies to visit the area.

For well over two decades, Herb has been helping to conserve and protect the health of the Lake Simcoe watershed and its fisheries. His passion is inspiring and his tireless commitment, dedication and enthusiasm are second to none. Herb's efforts will have a long-lasting impact on our watershed, the fisheries, and the community of young people that will carry on his legacy for generations to come.

Past award winners include:

2020 - Not Awarded
2019 - Not Awarded
2017 - Lorrie​ Mackness (posthumously)
2016 – Annabel Slaight
2015 – Josephine Mandamin
2014 – John Tran
2013 – John McCutcheon
2012 – John Sibbald
2011 – Dave Tomlinson
2010 – Debby Beatty
2009 – Paul Harpley
2008 – Dave Kerwin
2007 – Bob Bowles
2006 – Dr. George Connell
2005 – Angus Morton
2004 – Tom Taylor
2003 – Charles Wilson
2002 – Ted Bagley (posthumously)
2001 – Ken Nicholls
2000 – J.O. Dales
1999 – Ernie Crossland​
1998 – George R. Richardson​