The Peter deMarsh Memorial Bursary
On March 10, 2019, forest-dependent communities in Canada and around the world lost a champion when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 aboard. Peter deMarsh was on the plane, on his way to a United Nations environmental conference in Nairobi, again representing the viewpoints of woodlot owners in international deliberations on forests.
HONOURING A CHAMPION
The Peter deMarsh Memorial Bursary
Peter deMarsh strived throughout his life to convince
the tens of millions of woodlot owners around the world to take
collective action through their local, regional, national and
international organizations, which work so ably to defend and promote
woodlot owners’ interests. This was his aim when serving as President of
the York Sunbury Charlotte Forest Products Marketing Board (New
Brunswick) between 1972 and 1988, when helping to found the New
Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners in 1976, and when co-founding the
Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners in 1989. In addition, he was a
driving force behind the creation of the International Family Forestry
Alliance in 2002, in order to make woodlot owners’ voices heard in
international forums. As head of these organizations, Peter deMarsh observed
that woodlot owners and wood producers across the globe faced
remarkably similar problems. While he continued his efforts at the
national and international levels, he also worked tirelessly at the
local level to develop initiatives for the wood producers in his own
community of Taymouth. Language and cultural barriers never stopped him.
About the Peter deMarsh Memorial Bursary
To honour Peter deMarsh’s memory and to continue to celebrate and defend woodlot owners’ multiple contributions to rural development, the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners and International
Family Forestry Alliance, in collaboration with UPA International
Development, have established the Peter deMarsh Memorial Bursary, to be given annually. The award supports two types of projects.
Option 1: Research bursary
A $5,000 bursary will be awarded each year to a
Canadian or international graduate student conducting doctoral or
master’s-level research at a Canadian university on the role of woodlot
owners or woodlot owners’ associations in rural development or in
helping to solve social, economic or environmental problems.
Option 2: Travel bursary for attendance at an international conference
Peter deMarsh was particularly concerned about woodlot
owners’ lack of representation at major international conferences on
forest land management, due to insufficient financial resources.
Consequently, a bursary of up to $3,000 will be awarded to help
representatives of woodlot owners’ associations in Canada or abroad to
participate in international conferences dealing with issues involving
Submission of applications and announcement of recipients
To apply, send your documents by email to email@example.com. The deadline for applications to be received is September 30 of each year. The names of recipients will be announced on December 1 of each year.
To support this initiative
Help us in our efforts to support the next generation of professionals sharing Peter deMarsh’s spirit of commitment and dedication by contributing financially to this initiative. You can make a donation through our GoFundMe.com page or by sending a cheque, payable to the Canadian Federation of Forest Owners, to the following address:
Canadian Federation of Forest Owners 1 Rideau St., Suite 700 Ottawa ON, K1N 8S7