Sept. 17, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The allocation and education program of the fish and wildlife branch of the Department of Natural Resources has announced that Ken Stephens of Miramichi and Frank Hathaway of Riley Brook are New Brunswick's 2008 Conservation Education Instructors of the Year.
Stephens has been active in the firearms safety and hunter education program for 16 years, and has been a strong supporter of safety and education training. He has instructed on 114 courses and trained over 1,300 students.
Hathaway has been an instructor in the conservation education program for 15 years. He has been involved in the firearm safety and trapper education programs, and has trained new instructors. He has been an active member of the Trapper Education Co-ordinators Committee, assisted with numerous annual instructor workshops, and provided field training for department enforcement section staff for fur-harvesting regulations.
Both instructors have shown dedication and are deserving of this recognition. Natural Resources Minister Donald Arseneault recently presented a commemorative watch, print, and certificate to both.
New Brunswick has one of the lowest hunting accident rates in North America, due in part to the work of hunter education instructors. Since the inception of hunter education in 1952, more than 87,000 New Brunswickers have completed the hunter education training program. In 1994, the province added the Canadian firearm safety course as a component of its hunter education training. The Atlantic provinces standardized the program on April 1, 1995.
Last year, 1,761 students participated in the firearm safety/hunter education program, and enrolment for all conservation education programs reached 4,418.
New information on firearm safety hunter education may be viewed online. Testing takes place at local Natural Resources offices.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, Communications, Natural Resources, 506-453-2614.