President's Award

Established in 2008, this award is to be given at the President's discretion, usually once a year, to a member who has made an important contribution to the Society, and to be presented by the President either at the General Assembly or during a visit by the President to the home Centre of the recipient.


Renata Koziol, National Office. Renata's many contributions to the financial well-being of the Society and the many tasks she undertook related to our Operations, Publications, Budgets, and Audits to name a few, exemplify her dedication to the RASC.

Barry Shanko, Vancouver Centre, was awarded the RASC President’s Award for 2020 in recognition of his outstanding efforts at public outreach spanning more than three decades. (citation)

Michael S.F. Watson, National Member, is being awarded the RASC President’s Award for 2019 in recognition of his major contributions to the governance of the Society as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Watson provides important legal perspectives on issues affecting the Society, and thanks to his long experience in the RASC, he is a source of great advice to his colleagues on the Board. (citation)

Rick Huziak is an active member of the RASC Saskatoon Centre. He is instrumental in the fight to save our skies from light pollution. He is an active observer, coach, and mentor to many people, and a resource that many can count on.(citation)


Dave Garner contributes to the Society's publications in numerous ways—Journal Production Manager and columnist; Bulletin Editor; National Newsletter Editor; and active member at the Kitchener-Waterloo Centre (citation)


Terence Dickinson has been a tireless supporter of Canadian astronomy for several decades. His books continue to inform readers about the contributions of both amateur and professional astronomers (citation).


Walter MacDonald, Kingston Centre, for his diligence, attentiveness, and steadfast pursuit of excellence as the Society’s Webmaster (citation).

Robert Dick, Ottawa Centre, in recognition of his continued work promoting dark skies, awareness of problems associated with light pollution, and creation of guidelines for Dark-Sky Preserves and Urban Star Parks.


Dave Lane, Halifax Centre, for his anonymous dedication in doing so many software tasks that keep our Society operating.


Randall Rosenfeld, Unattached, in recognition of his ongoing work as Archivist to preserve the Society's rich history and heritage (citation).


Mayer Tchelebon, Toronto Centre, in recognition of stellar leadership and dedication in RASC financial management.


Sid Sidhu, Victoria Centre, in recognition of outstanding leadership in the Victoria area during IYA2009, the International Year of Astronomy.