Parks and Wildlife honors Northwest Region education coordinator
Kathleen Tadvick of Grand Junction, the Northwest Region Education Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, recently was honored with the agency’s John H. White Memorial Membership Award.
Tadvick was praised for her efforts and contributions to Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach program, including leading nearly 2,000 novice hunters on what for many is their first experience in the field.
The award’s namesake, John H. White, was one of the first members of the Black Canyon Wing & Clay Club of Delta. He is remembered for his love of the outdoors and his desire to pass along the ethics and traditions of upland bird hunting to the younger members of his family.
“I wrote a short speech, but after learning about Kathleen’s accomplishments, all I could think of was, this lady is a ‘Rock Star’,” said John’s son Dennis White, who presented the award. “When we wrote our mission statement we were looking for someone like Kathleen.”
“It was a big surprise, and I am very honored,” said Tadvick. “I believe it is critical to continue Colorado’s hunting and fishing tradition. I want our future generations to have a wildlife resource they can enjoy and I am proud to be a part of that.”
She added that there wasn’t enough room on the award for all the people who deserve credit.
“This is a great award and it’s nice to be recognized but I couldn’t do this by myself,” Tadvick said. “We have a great group of hard-core volunteers and they really make this program work.”
Tadvick was the fifth recipient of the yearly award, which was established in 2008.
Since becoming CPW’s Northwest Region’s Education Coordinator in 2008, Tadvick has led approximately 1,800 participants, including disabled veterans, youths, women and educators, on a variety of workshops, clinics, seminars and educational hunts.
“Many people want to learn and participate but have not gone out on their own because they have lacked mentorship,” added Tadvick. “It is very satisfying to offer participants hands-on guidance, which is one the most important things a novice needs to enjoy a lifetime of hunting and fishing, then see them go out and be successful on their own.”
Tadvick’s supervisor, Dean Riggs, Parks and Wildlife northwest region deputy regional manager, called Tadvick “a true asset to the agency.”
“Her contributions not only include teaching about hunting, fishing, archery and the safe use of firearms, she also spends long hours preparing and organizing each program, including feeding participants as a camp cook,” Riggs said. “She deserves the recognition.”