Laughter, tears and community were in abundance among the 70+ attendees at the virtually-held 2021 Clements Awards and Celebration. The live event, hosted by The Fur-Bearers on Friday, February 28, 2021, is an opportunity to recognize outstanding achievements in the protection of fur-bearing animals in honour of long-time directors and leaders of The Fur-Bearers, George and Bunty Clements.
Without question, the dynamic duo would be proud of those who came together for this event.
Outstanding Advocacy: Ellie Lamb
Outstanding Artist: Tony Joyce
Outstanding Innovator: Joshua Katcher
Outstanding Media: Jessica Scott-Reid
Outstanding Organization: North Shore Black Bear Society
Outstanding Leadership: Pete Fry
Outstanding Research & Education: Marc Bekoff
Outstanding Municipality: Port Alberni
Outstanding Community in Action: Fox Aid PEI
Lifetime Achievement Award: Brad Gates
Three additional Courage & Leadership Awards are being presented to:
Corinne & Mike Robson
Get to know the winners with these fun videos, prepared by The Fur-Bearers’ Sydney Schaffner!
Special thanks to event sponsor, AAA Wildlife Control Vancouver and to Michael Sizer for crafting each Clements award using reclaimed wood.
Silent Auction Success!
As part of the event, we launched our first ever online silent auction which raised over $6,500. Thank you to all of those who made it such a success. We hope to host another silent auction this fall, if you would like to donate your talent, service or crafts, please contact Lesley@TheFurBearers.com for more information.
We’d like to send a HUGE thank you to our 2021 Clements Awards & Celebration silent auction donors:
Great Bear Chalet
Plant Faced Clothing
Cotton Auctions Port Coquitlam
Tony Joyce Photography
Very Good Butchers
Jean Fox & Jane Ray
Planted On Bowen Island
Karen Fahrlander Photography
Vancouver Island Pyro Art Design
LUSH Handmade Cosmetics
Whitelotus Design Jewelry
The Fur-Bearers would also like to thank our volunteer Board of Directors for their ongoing support and contributions to the 2021 Clements Awards & Celebration:
hello all you fine folks! i just want to THANK YOU with all my for an awesome evening — i learned a lot and am flattered honored humbled and deeply inspired by your award — all the best and good luck with all you do —— peace and love, Marc Bekoff
I received my Life Time Achievement Award today! It is absolutely beautiful! I will hang it proudly in my office for everyone to see. I cannot thank you and your organization enough for this prestigious award. It means the world to me. Brad Gates
The virtual award ceremony was such a success last night. Please pass on my thanks to Michael and Marcy too for their contributions to the evening.
It was such an honour for the North Shore Black Bear Society to be recognized amongst all the other amazing recipients. I loved hearing about the work and passions of everyone.
The Furbearers made the ZOOM platform work exceptionally well for this celebration. – Christine Miller
Gail and I both enjoyed watching the Awards ceremony last night and found it most interesting and enlightening. Thanks for the good work you all are doing. – Ernest Rogers
It was just such a lovely event. Again, big congratulations to all winners! – Gosia, B.
Wonderful Lesley! Learned a ton – High bars with some of the award recipients, love that! My mom was blown away with our beautiful community… as was I – Ellie Archer