This was a very easy choice this year. This group of people spent hundreds of hours organizing and volunteering their time for several events over the year. Without them, the events would not have been the incredible success they were. Through their monumental efforts, the International Year of Astronomy was a rousing success for Edmonton and brought Astronomy to the forefront for many Edmontonians. It is my great pleasure to present this year’s George Moores Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Education to the IYA Committee and volunteers consisting of: Orla Aaquist, Cornelia Blunck, Harris Christian, Patrick Earl, Frank Florian, Sheldon Helbert, Doug Hube, Sherrilyn Jahrig, Franklin Loehde, Bruce McCurdy, Sharon Morsink, Ross Sinclair, Massimo Torri, and Luca Vanzella.
To recognize the efforts and hundreds of hours of every one of you that volunteered for an IYA event, I had a special certificate created for the IYA Volunteers that can perhaps hang in the Observatory. So in effect, everyone in the club can say they received this award this year. Great job everyone, and thank you!