During the CES Conference in Vancouver in May, Larry Bremner received the 2017 Service to Society Award. Here is the citation, presented by Marianne Krawchuk, as well as Larry's acceptance speech.
Citation (by Marianne Krawchuk)
Hello everyone. I am so grateful to be here today. Before I begin, I would like to invite any other CES Manitoba members here today to join me on stage.
It is with great pleasure that I was able to nominate Larry K. Bremner for the Service to the Canadian Evaluation Society Award on behalf of CES Manitoba Chapter. Many of you already know Larry and his great work — but if you don't, I would encourage you to get to know him — he's a great guy.
Without a doubt, Larry is the ideal recipient for this award, as his contributions to CES has been at local, national, and international levels. His support of CES has been unwavering, and he had worked tirelessly to support and grow CES at every level.
We are so fortunate to have Larry in Manitoba. He has worked with the Manitoba Chapter for over twenty years, helping to build evaluation capacity in the local community. He served as CES MB president for three terms, Past President three times, as well as treasurer. He was also part of the conference organizing committee of CES' national conferences in 1996 and 2007 to put CES MB on the map. Each year, Larry provides professional development presentations and workshops for CES MB members - always with a view of building capacity within the Chapter and with his colleagues.
As you may know, Larry has been very active on the National Board. As President, he guided the Board with a steady hand. Larry was instrumental in shifting the Board's direction by strengthening relationships with Chapters, and visited seven Chapter AGMs and knowledge sharing events over a two-year period.
Larry was also involved in hiring Megram Consulting Services Ltd., along with moving the membership database to Canada, and changing the process for financial reporting. He also relaunched the Presidents' Forum, and contracted with a new publisher for the CJPE, among many, many other accomplishments.
Larry served as CES Past President from 2014 to 2016. He was Treasurer, Executive Member of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation, and a member of EvalPartners Management Board. Perhaps something of which CES can be most proud is that he was the driving force behind the creation of EvalPartners' newest global network, EvalIndigneous, and in fact, he just returned from Bishkek where he was sharing his work.
I could go on and on, but I won't. As I said, if you haven't already met Larry, you should try to before you leave the conference. He is a credit to CES in so many ways, but mostly through strengthening CES' ties nationally and internationally. His passion and commitment to the society is obvious, and he is so deserving of this award. On behalf of CES Manitoba, CES members everywhere, and evaluators around the world, congratulations Larry, and thank you for your service to CES.
Chers collègues, mes amis — colleagues and friends.
I would like to thank the Manitoba Chapter for nominating me, specifically Marianne Krawchuk, President of the Manitoba Chapter for the wonderful letter she wrote. I would also like to thank the people who wrote letters supporting my nomination: Tracy Fiander-Trask, Janet Ivory, Amy Richmond and Francois Dumaine. Your kind words were very much appreciated.
I am not good with sayings but there is one about rising up on the shoulders of others. That is why I am here. I have had the great privilege to have worked with some wonderful people, both on Council and the Board. It is because of their hard work that I am here today.
I want to thank Denise Belanger for her hard work and for picking up the slack when I was preoccupied with CES. I also want to thank her for her collegiality and, most of all, for her friendship.
It is especially nice to receive this award in Vancouver as my sister is able to attend which is very important to me.
For me, and possibly for some of you, evaluation sometimes can be a lonely experience. With this in mind, over the past 30 years CES has given me a professional home; an opportunity to meet colleagues who, in many cases, have become close friends. It has been a very rewarding experience, personally and professionally. CES has become a place where I can share experiences, successes and challenges. I believe it is an exciting time for evaluation and evaluators as we become more open to different ways of knowing and doing.
If there is anyone in the audience that is not a member of CES - I can't imagine this being the case - I encourage you to join and become active in your local chapter or volunteer with the National Board. You will find this to be a very rewarding the experience.
Lastly, I want to thank Linda Lee, the love of my life. Without her support and inspiration, I would not have been able to do what I have done and I would not be here today.
Once again, I would like to thank you for this award; it is very rewarding and very much appreciated. Merci, Megwich, Thank You.