Kathleen Tadvick of Grand Junction, the Northwest Region education coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, was recently named the recipient of the John H. White Memorial Membership Award for 2013 at a recent Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting in Montrose. Tadvick was lauded for her efforts and contributions to CPW's hunter outreach program by leading nearly 2,000 novice hunters on what is for many their first experience in the field.
The award's namesake, John H. White, called the "Old Man" by his friends and family, was one of the first members of the Black Canyon Wing & Clay Club of Delta. He is remembered for his love of his dog, the outdoors and his strong desire to pass along the ethics and traditions of upland bird hunting to the younger members of his family.
"It was a big surprise, and I am very honored," said Tadvick. "I enjoy what I do and I sincerely appreciate the recognition for all we have accomplished through our hunter outreach program."
Through workshops, clinics, seminars, and educational hunts, Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Hunter Outreach program introduces novice hunters of all ages to the ethics and traditions of hunting through a variety of programs and guided hunts.
"Many people want to learn and participate but have not gone out on their own because they have lacked mentorship," added Tadvick. "It is very satisfying to offer participants hands-on guidance, which is one the most important things a novice needs to enjoy a lifetime of hunting and fishing, then see them go out and be successful on their own."
Soon after he passed away, White's family created the award to honor his legacy. Each year since 2008, a five-member committee of local sportsmen selects and honors an individual who has dedicated themselves to introducing novice hunters to the traditions of hunting. Tadvick was the fifth recipient of the yearly award.
"I wrote a short speech, but after learning about Kathleen's accomplishments, all I could think of was, this lady is a 'rock star,'" said John's son Dennis White, who presented the award. "When we wrote our mission statement we were looking for someone like Kathleen. To touch so many lives in such a positive way makes her bigger than John Denver in my book."
For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife's hunter outreach program, visit www.wild