Revelstoke resident Bill Pollock is awarded Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Avid paddler and founder of Revelstoke Paddlesport Association has won an award for his momentous achievements in forestry, adventure, and cultural tourism.

Bill Pollock with the Honourable Janet Austen, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Photo: Bill Pollock.

Revelstoke resident and paddling enthusiast, William “Bill” Pollock, has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2018 for his momentous contributions to the Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) over the past seventeen years.

In September 2018, Bill and his wife Diane made the trip to down to Victoria, B.C. to attend the prestigious ceremony at the Lieutenant Governors House of British Columbia, where his volunteer efforts were commended.

Bill was one of 40 volunteers from across the province that received an invitation to the ceremony. The full award ceremony is available to watch here (fast forward to 28.15 for Bill’s award):

Many of us will know Bill Pollock as the organizer of the David Thompson Paddlesport Classic (a 125 km canoe race that takes place over three days on a beautiful section of the Columbia River) or as the co-founder of the Revelstoke Paddlesport Association, but what you might not know is that Bill has been volunteering in advising First Nations people about forestry, adventure and cultural tourism for the past two decades.

David Thompson Paddlesport Classic

CESO is a non-for-profit organization that was established in 1967, that aims to grow international economic development through strengthening government infrastructure and endorse sustainable, inclusive businesses.

Through his work with CESO, Bill has provided recommendations on promoting a cross-country ski centre in Izhevsk, Russia, as well as on the restoration of alluvial gold mined lands in Guyana, and the identification and control of the southern pine beetle in Honduras, Central America.

Showing no signs of slowing down, Bill is currently involved with a client from CESO as they work towards opening a cultural tourism project in Fort Simpson.

What’s more, Bill is wading into deep waters the Revelstoke Paddlesports Association this summer, as their calendar of watersports events starts to fill up; expect canoe and kayak demo sessions, lake rolling sessions, and the David Thompson Canoe race—just to name a few. Check out what Bill and the team have been up to at