Testimonials About Our Talented Team

This is a tribute page to the talented team at the Willmore Wilderness Foundation. We thank those who take time to post the thanks that we receive from around the world.

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
― John F. Kennedy

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Volunteer stewardship recognized at 2015 Order of the Bighorn Awards

Since its inception in 1982, the Order of the Bighorn has recognized the voluntary contributions of Albertans to the conservation of our province’s fish, wildlife and natural spaces.

This year was no exception. During the 18th Order of the Bighorn Awards on March 6, Hon. Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, was joined by stakeholders who are committed to maintaining and building a healthy environmental future, to honour six individuals whose efforts emulate what the awards are all about.

Inductees included Bazil Leonard of Grande Cache, Gottlob Schmidt of Hanna, John Campbell Jr. of Calgary, Maurice Nadeau of Bonnyville, Tim Dietzler of Calgary and Tom Partello of Canmore.

Dear Jennifer:

On behalf of Grande Prairie Regional College Office Administration Department, I extend congratulations on your academic excellence. Only a few students accomplish a GPA of 4 and I want to commend you for your impressive achievement in the Fall 2014 term.

Your outstanding contribution to your Department was noted by the faculty, and it is my privilege to let you know that your exemplary work has not gone unnoticed. This has led to your well-deserved success. Well done!

We encourage you to strive for excellence in your studies and in your pursuit of lifelong learning. Best wishes for continued success in your academic studies and future career.

Garth Finlay, Office Administration Department Grande Prairie Regional College

Feb 24, 2015

Hello Susan, Jennifer and Estella:

Thank you very much for the donation of books and DVDs. The shipment arrived intact, and I plan to preview the DVDs to pick one to show next month at our Community Potluck supper, or at a Monday coffee session. The books are so beautifully done.

Jean-Marie Mason
Exhibits & Collections Manager
Rocky Mountain House Museum

February 15, 2015


Thanks again so much! We really enjoy working working on your shows; they are such excellent quality, interesting and informative productions. We look forward to the next project from you guys!

Sincerely, Destiny Anderson
Closed Captioning: GigeCast Inc.

February 5, 2015

Congratulations to Jennifer Houlihan on being a recipient of the 2015 Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards in the category of Academic Excellence!

The event will take place on Saturday March 7, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Grande Prairie Regional College Gymnasium.

Delaine Lambert-English
Conference Coordinator
Grande Prairie Regional College

Estella and Susan

I just had to let you guys know that I received your newsletter yesterday and was so impressed with it that I just have to let you know how it impacted me. As an artist I find the publication to be a truly beautiful work of art! Each page is impeccably laid out and the material is fascinating – interesting, humorous and informative. I love the photography! I find the cover page to be a masterpiece – and am keeping your publication on my coffee table. Tell Tommy that I would love to taste porcupine meat some time – (chuckle). Thanks for making my day!

Rita McPhee
Edmonton Alberta

Dear Susan:

I was watching a show on TV last night and what wonderful memories it brought back for me. It had Kvass Flats, Sheep Creek, Smoky River and the outfitter was Hargreaves. I wonder if you could tell me what channel I could find it on my TV. If you are ever up this way I can still make a pot of coffee and find a cookie or two. Your books have given a lot of enjoyment to a lot of friends.

Sincerely, Joan Nelson
Caroline, Alberta


Thank you for sending the book People & Peaks of the Panther River & Eastern Slopes. Pass on thanks to Susan and the rest of the staff for another great book.

Thanks again
Walter Morris from West of Cochrane, Alberta

July 5, 2014

Always enjoy my time up there at the Larry Nelles Clinic. Thanks everyone who did an awesome job preparing everything so the rest of us can just show up, and take in some info.

Betty Belamy


Just a quick not to thank you for the beautiful DVD of Women in Willmore Wilderness. I watched it and was so moved by the story.. This was so beautifully filmed, narrated and executed. So very proud of you and your accomplishment! How wonderful for those that you touched, to be the recipients of your caring and interest. As we watched the documentary, it was then so obvious, what drew you and had kept you in this area for over 30 years.

Diane Nelson RN
San jose CA


I just finished reading your Moccasin Telegraph article in your 2015 Newsletter. Good read and entertaining! I had no idea that porcupines are so tasty. 😉

Marie-Pierre Rogeau
Wildland Disturbance Consulting
Banff, Alberta

Susan & Estella:

Have enjoyed your two books and newspaper publications. Enclosed is a life time membership. Keep me informed. Keep up the good work.

Dr. D.W. Moore
Calgary, Alberta

Dear Susan:

My husband and I picked up a copy of your recently released book, “People & Peaks of the Panther River & Eastern Slopes.” We are thoroughly enjoying this book as well as your first book. I cannot express our appreciation enough for the “People & Peaks” books. They are truly a gem!

Marie Nylund

Hi Kelsey,

I am the Production Manager for The Edge and so Ryan Kohler forwarded me your email. He’s just busy hunting this week so he doesn’t have much time to respond. Thank you again for everything that you did for Ryan and for our crew out at the Willmore. It was so greatly appreciated.

Thanks Again,
Crystal Kadatz, Production Manager, The Edge – WildTV


I’m so proud of you—the person you are and all you are able to accomplish to make life better for the people around you. I have enjoyed both books and DVD and marvel at how much you have accomplished in a few years. These works are truly a gift to the people and families within the pages but also to a much broader community–time will only enhance their value–especially to families and those wanting first person accounts.

Don and Kathleen Kolla
Cudworth, Saskatchewan

Hi Susan

I had 21 people attending a viewing of “Long Road Home” Here is some feeback I got from the viewing>

Very well put together footage.
Amazing story.
Society needs to be aware of this documentary.
Excellent work.

Again than you very much for the documentary.

Ivy Lalonde, B.A.
Athabasca University

July 5, 2014

Always enjoy my time up there at the Larry Nelles Clinic. Thanks everyone who did an awesome job preparing everything so the rest of us can just show up, and take in some info.

Betty Belamy

Dear Susan:

I wish to acknowledge and thank you for donating a copy of the book called People & Peaks: Women of Willmore Wilderness. The book will be a valuable addition to our resource collection and will be listed in the College & Association of Registered Nurses Alberta library catalogue.

Damien Roberti
College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta


Keep up the great work on the Willmore Foundation. You’re creating a legacy that will be valuable as the same has been for all the world’s great parks.

Ray Rasmussen
Edmonton, Alberta

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