Diane Barrette of Campbell’s Bay received the Off-Road Vehicle Volunteer Recognition Award for the Outaouais region. She is one of 30 recipients of the Award across the province, who received a letter and personalized video from the Minister of Transportation to accompany their trophy.
The presentation of this Volunteer Recognition Award takes on a significant scale given the COVID-19 pandemic and the complications related to the current context. The Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie region, François Bonnardel, as well as the Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region, Mathieu Lacombe, congratulated the winners for their commitment which contributes to make this leisure activity an important vector of economic development for their region.
"On my own behalf, and on behalf of the thousands of ATV enthusiasts, I would like to congratulate the winners from the Outaouais region. As volunteers, you have shown resilience and initiative over the past year. In addition to maintaining the trails, infrastructure and equipment with your usual professionalism, you have increased your level of intervention in order to respect the standards established by public health. A huge thank you for your invaluable contribution! Said Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie region, François Bonnardel.
“The economic spinoffs linked to the ORV’s recreational tourism activities are essential for the vitality of our region. I salute the commitment of Ms. Diane Barrette and Mr. André Laramée, who are active members of their respective clubs. Collective work leads to great successes, and your dedication contributes to the reputation of the Outaouais region when it comes to ORVs. Congratulations on the recognition granted to you today, "said Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region, Mathieu Lacombe
The Off-Road Vehicle Volunteer Recognition Award aims to recognize the work of volunteers who have distinguished themselves by their commitment to their community and through their actions which, carried out within a club or federation, were local or regional in scope.
Note that, according to the federations of snowmobilers and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts, some 8,000 volunteers maintain and monitor the trail networks, which represents a commitment of approximately 2 million hours per person per year. The network has more than 33,000 kilometers for snowmobiling and more than 25,000 kilometers for ATVs. The economic benefits associated with snowmobiling and ATVing are estimated at over $3 billion annually.