Kevin Sharman of Tumbler Ridge is one of 36 British Columbians who will soon receive the first BC Community Achievement Awards. The award-winners were announced April 6 by Premier Gordon Campbell and BC Achievement Foundation chair Keith Mitchell.
Sharman?s award recognizes twenty years of outstanding service to Tumbler Ridge, and British Columbia. He has served the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society (WNMS), the local outdoors club, as Vice-president from 1996-2000, and as President from 2000-2004. In these positions he was instrumental in the construction of fifteen hiking trails. These have helped turn a community on the verge of collapse with the closure of its mines, into a niche tourist hiking destination. He designed the society?s website (www.pris.bc.ca/wnms), was the major contributor to its backcountry photo gallery, and meticulously developed its eighteen hiking trail brochures.
His role as Scientific Advisor to the Tumbler Ridge Museum foundation has been equally remarkable. As a geologist with a passionate interest in palaeontology, his expertise has been vital. He has liaised with visiting scientists, made numerous dinosaur footprint discoveries, lectured to residents and visitors, escorted distinguished visitors, and secured numerous material donations for the museum.
Tumbler Ridge now stands on the threshold of being a recognized center of palaeontological excellence, which will bring benefits to the region and province. Kevin?s contribution to this has been profound.
Most of Kevin?s outdoor adventures are shared with his wife Birgit and their two children, Natalie and Laura. They were present when the announcement of the award was made in Tumbler Ridge. Appropriately enough, this took place just before a fascinating WNMS slideshow that Kevin presented on a remote glaciated corner of the northern Rockies that he has explored over the past seven years, culminating in 2003 with the ascent of the highest mountain in the Tumbler Ridge area.