Trillium Awards

The Trillium Award of Merit and the Trillium Long Service Award recipients are listed below.

It is with pride that we list the distinguished winners of these awards

See also Canadian Square & Round Dance Society –  Awards

Bill & Gail Butler – Trillium Long Service Award, 2020

Bill began dancing with the Grenville Gremlins in Kemptville, Ontario, 41 years ago in 1979 and has remained an active dancer since that time. Gail started with the Grenville Gremlins in 1982, and like Bill has been an active member since the beginning. Over the years they have held various executive positions, and continue to offer assistance when required. They certainly fulfill the requirement for this award and are a well deserving couple.

Don & Jean Clingin – Trillium Merit Award, 2020

Don & Jean started Square Dancing with the Grenville Gremlins in 1998. As time went on, they thought they would give Round Dancing a try. Their abilities & skills improved to the point where they started their own Round Dance Club (Take A Step Rounds) in 2003. At one point Jean was cueing 3-nights per week, helping out at other clubs, all while maintaining a regular working career. Don & Jean were always there to help other dancers; they even had teaching sessions at their home to accommodate small interested groups. They have travelled for dancing, and have assisted at many National Conventions. They are members of Roundalab, have been members of the EOSARDA Board of directors, and the Seaway Valley Square & Round Dance Association.  They retired from cueing and instruction in April, 2019, but continue to dance regularly. They are a most deserving couple.

Brian & Amy Crawford – Trillium Merit Award, 2020

In 1991 Brian and Amy joined the Mississippi Squares in Carleton Place as new Basic dancers. In 1995 Brian attended a Learn To Call workshop led by John Charman. In 1998, after many hours of practice, Brian and Amy together with fellow student caller Geoff Clarke, co-founded the Town and Country Kickers, a Basic/MS club in Stittsville. From 1999 to 2001 Brian added Bytown Squares to his calling duties, followed by Dynamite Tay Dancers, in Perth. As Brian’s skills expanded to include A1, he founded the Shadowcasters Club in Ottawa. Over the years Brian has been involved in many clubs including, Swinging Saints, Sunday in the Country, Castaways, and Adams Aces. Brian has served as Chair of the Ottawa Callers Association, and as rep to EOSARDA. He has volunteered at many National Conventions, and donated his time calling for various fundraiser events. Brian and Amy are great supporters of the dance movement, and are most worthy of this award.

Ed & Nancy Dolson – Trillium Merit Award, 2020

Ed and Nancy have been square and round dancing for more than 26 years. Not long after they started, Ed decided to become a caller. He attended several caller schools and practiced long hours to perfect his skills. Ed is caller for Centennial Beavers, Thames Valley Squares, and School House Squares (closed in 2013). Ed & Nancy are also Round Dance leaders for Rhythm Rounds in London. Ed and Nancy have been involved with the SWOSDA Callers Clinic for over 20 years, and presently hold positions of Chair and Secretary. Ed organizes Frosh Dances, brings in guest speakers, and organizes caller workshops. Ed & Nancy were on SWOSDA Executive from 1999-2004 holding various positions including Presidents. Ed has attended and called at several National Conventions, and volunteers for many dance promoting events. They are big supporters of the dance movement and spend many hours on recruitment of new dancers. They represent the statement that dance is “friendship set to music”. Ed and Nancy’s contribution to square and round dancing make them most worthy of this award

Austin & Avril Hayward – Trillium Merit Award, 2020

Avril started dancing in 2007, while Austin joined in 2008. This couple was brought together by dance, and their wedding reception was a square dance event. They are very active members of their club ‘Thames Valley Dance club’ where, over the years, have held every executive position. They work hard to make their club flourish by recruiting new members. They have held open houses, placed sandwich board sign out, hired mobile sign, and attended demos at Western Fair, all to bring the word ‘square dance’ to the forefront. Austin and Avril have been on SWOSDA Executive since 2009 holding various Executive positions, including twice as Presidents. They were Publicity Chair couple for the 2018 National Convention in London, and are presently SWOSDA Reps on the Ontario Square & Round Dance Federation. Austin and Avril are dedicated to the Square & Round Dance movement and are most deserving of this award.

Don Peirce – Trillium Long Service Award, 2020

Don started Old Time Square Dancing in the Toronto area in 1947. He started Modern Square Dancing with Art Fricker in 1947. Don & his late wife danced regularly with the Lift Lock Squares. In the 70’s Don & Gloria danced with Anne Uebelacker at a C2 level. Around 1985 they danced with Barry & Pam Clasper in their basement. Bill has also danced in clubs in Peterborough and Pickering. To this couple, square dancing was a way of living.

June Tripp – Trillium Long Service Award, 2020

June has been dancing since 1977. She started in Quebec, and then moved to British Columbia in 1982, where she once again found that dancing was available. She danced with the Town & Country Swingers, in Maple Ridge, BC. As years progressed she danced in other clubs – Buttons n’ Bows, Chuckwagon 8’s, and Century House Squares. In 2006, a new move brought her to Ontario, where she continues to dance to Meri Squares, in the Ottawa region. Over the years, June has helped many clubs in any way she could. She has held various executive positions along the way. More recently she even volunteered as a member of the EOSARDA Board of Directors. June has dancing in her blood, and certainly a very worthy candidate for this award.

Recipients List

– Trillium Award of Merit

The Trillium Award of Merit was developed by the Ontario S&RD Federation to recognize those Ontario Dancers, Callers, and Leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the square and round dance movement.

Trillium Award of Merit recipients.

  • Paul & Judy Adams, Eastern Ontario, 2000
  • Andre & Shirley Aerts, South Western Ontario, 2005
  • Dick Armstrong, Lakehead & District, 1989
  • Peter & Beryl Barton, Toronto & District, 1997
  • Bob & Betty Beck, Toronto & District, 2006
  • Webb & Jean Belrose, Lakehead & District, 1988
  • Charlie & Bea Bodfish, South-Western Ontario, 1993
  • Lorne & Connie Bowerman, Eastern Ontario, 1990
  • Ken & Mary Brennan, South-Western Ontario, 1993
  • Mildred & David Brockie, Fort Frances, 1987
  • John & Irene Bullock, South-Western Ontario, 1997
  • Rita & Les Buckrell, South-Western Ontario, 2006
  • Al & Renia Calhoun, Toronto & District, 2000
  • Jean & Stan Carr, South-Western Ontario, 1998
  • Bob Cathcart, Eastern Ontario, 1996
  • Peter & Sybil Chandler, South-Western Ontario, 2003
  • Tom & Linda Charlton, South-Western Ontario, 2011
  • John Charman & Wendy VanderMeulen, Eastern Ontario, 2004
  • George & Jean Clark, South-Western Ontario, 2004
  • Harold & Olive Clark, South-Western Ontario, 1995
  • Geoff & Teena Clarke, Eastern Ontario, 2019
  • Barry & Pan Clasper, Toronto and District, 2017
  • Don & Jean Clingin, Eastern Ontario, 2020
  • Myrtle & Osie Coates, Toronto and District, 2001
  • Bill & Barb Cooper, Toronto & District, 1986
  • Peter Courdin & Karen Remy, Eastern Ontario, 2011
  • Don & June Cowan, Eastern Ontario, 2015
  • Lee & Sharon Cox, South-Western Ontario, 2010
  • Brian & Amy Crawford, Eastern Ontario, 2020
  • Gavin Currie, Eastern Ontario, 2016
  • Nick & Dorothy Dahm, South-Western Ontario, 2011
  • Don & Alice Davidson, Toronto & District, 1997
  • Ed & Nancy Dolson, South-Western Ontario, 2020
  • Stan & Carol Down, South-Western Ontario, 2009
  • Cec & Hazel Downham, South-Western Ontario, 1989
  • Geoff & Rosemarie Edwards, South-Western Ontario, 2012
  • Jo-Ann & Tom Edwards, Eastern Ontario, 2006
  • Art Ferris & Shirley Craib, South-Western Ontario, 2006
  • Dean & Ethel Fisher, Toronto and District, 2005
  • Paul & Jean Fisk, Toronto & District, 1992
  • Dick & Trudy Flemming, Eastern Ontario, 1993
  • Gordon & Dorothy Foss, Eastern Ontario, 1997
  • Ray Fouhse & Pat Cardo, Eastern Ontario, 1992
  • Ian & Joan Fraser, Toronto & District, 1993
  • Alf & June Gill, Lakehead & District, 1987
  • Jim & Lerine Gillespie, South-Western Ontario, 1995
  • Aaron & Veda Goodman, Toronto & District, 1996
  • Anne Graham, Eastern Ontario, 2013
  • Peter Graham, Eastern Ontario, 2003
  • Les Greenwood, South-Western Ontario, 1997
  • Jim & Joan Grierson, Toronto & District, 2002
  • Ken and Theresa Grolway, Eastern Ontario, 2010
  • Wayne & Sharron Hall, Toronto and District, 2005
  • Harold Harton, Toronto & District, 1985
  • Austin & Avril Hayward, South-Western Ontario, 2020
  • Bryan & Vaile Henry, South-Western Ontario, 2003
  • Gary & Norma Hill, Lakehead & District, 1992
  • Doug & Heather Holmes, Toronto & District, 2015
  • Marg Hough, Toronto & District, 1987
  • Ross & Margaret Hoople, Eastern Ontario, 1997
  • Denny & Judy Howlett, South-Western Ontario, 1996
  • Chuck & Betty Hubbard, Eastern Ontario, 1995
  • Ray & Ivy Hutchinson, Toronto & District, 1992
  • Art & Garrie Jackson, Eastern Ontario, 1986
  • Egbert & Mary Jacobs, South-Western Ontario, 1996
  • Bill & Dorothy Jacobson, Lakehead & District, 1985
  • Bob & Jane Jaffray, Toronto & District, 1987
  • David Johnstone, Toronto & District, 1986
  • Harry & Dorothy Jones, Fort Frances, 1986
  • Bill & Hazel Judge, Eastern Ontario, 2002
  • Ron & Marg King, Toronto & District, 1994
  • Audrey & Brian Kealey, Eastern Ontario, 2001
  • Dave & Marion Knight, South-Western Ontario, 2009
  • Wanda & Marvin Lane, Toronto and District, 2001
  • Chuck & Billi Langtry, Eastern Ontario, 2014
  • Jim Lee, South-Western Ontario, 2015
  • Lorne & Cecille Lockrey, South-Western Ontario, 2004
  • Grant & Ann Logan, Toronto & District, 2019
  • Isabel Lynn, Sault Ste Marie, 1996
  • Orphie & Mac Marcellus, Toronto & District, 1997
  • Jackie & Wes McCarthy, Toronto & District, 1998
  • Dene & Roberta McConnell, South-Western Ontario, 1988
  • Angus & Catherine McMorran, Eastern Ontario, 1986
  • Duncn & Neva McVittie, South-Western Ontario, 2002
  • John & Mary Meijer, South-Western Ontario, 1992
  • Stan & Ruth Melling, South-Western Ontario, 1994
  • Ralph & Rosemary Morin, Eastern Ontario, 1998
  • Dave & Joyce Moss, Toronto & District, 1992
  • Shirley & Ransom Nixon, Eastern Ontario, 2001
  • Bert & Ruth Oakes, Toronto & District, 1990
  • Fred & Kay Parcher, Eastern Ontario, 1996
  • Pat & Ken Parrish, South-Western Ontario, 2001
  • John & Verna Park, Toronto & District, 1996
  • Frank & Elsie Pearson, Toronto & District, 1992
  • Daphne & Don Pearson, Eastern Ontario, 2007
  • Bob & Ruth Pereria, Eastern Ontario, 1988
  • Harry & Lil Peterson, Eastern Ontario, 1989
  • Peter & Beverly Piazza, South-Western Ontario, 2008
  • Barney & Margaret Portsmith, Toronto & District, 2000
  • Dorothy & Willis Pride, Eastern Ontario, 1988
  • Jeffrey & Andrea Priest, Toronto & District, 2004
  • Lloyd & Vivian Priest, Toronto & District, 1994
  • George & Evelyn Rayner, South-Western Ontario, 1997
  • Stu & Wynne Robertson, Toronto & District, 1987
  • Ron & Betty Roe, Eastern Ontario, 2002
  • Dan & Rhetha Roy, South-Western Ontario, 2010
  • Rusty Saunders, Eastern Ontario, 2014
  • Jim & Gerry Sawtell, Eastern Ontario, 2018
  • Kay Sehl, South-Western Ontario, 1985
  • John & Marilyn Sellers, Eastern Ontario, 1998
  • Richard Sharman, Eastern Ontario, 2017
  • Bert & Marjorie Smeeth, Fort Frances, 1993
  • Lindsay & Fay Stanfield, Lakehead & District, 1986
  • Eric & Mary Steward, South-Western Ontario, 1990
  • Ted & Sarah Stover, South-Western Ontario, 2005
  • Bruce & Grace Stretton, Toronto & District, 1994
  • Perry & Mary Stuart, South-Western Ontario, 1989
  • Bob & Marguerite Summers, Eastern Ontario, 2019
  • Bonnie & Bill Taylor, South-Western Ontario, 2001
  • Eric & Irene VanDalen, Eastern Ontario, 2005
  • Marion Vanderburg, Sudbury, 1997
  • Charlie & Nina Ward, Toronto & District, 1985
  • Bruce & Linda Warner, Eastern Ontario, 2012
  • George & Elma Watson, South-Western Ontario, 1994
  • Keith & Rita Watters, Eastern Ontario, 1995
  • Howard & Evelyn Weir, South-Western Ontario, 1988
  • Dave & Pearl Western, Eastern Ontario, 2016
  • Keith & Madeline Whitelock, Lakehead & District, 1987
  • Lew & Laura Wiffen, Toronto & District, 1993
  • William & Hazel Wilde, Fort Frances, 1989
  • Dave Williamson, Toronto & District, 2006
  • Norm Wilcox, Toronto & District, 2007
  • Keith & Dorothy Wilton, South-Western Ontario, 2007
  • Anne Willis, Sault Ste Marie, 1994
  • Lois & Edward Wise, South-Western Ontario, 1995
  • John & Roberta Wrigglesworth, Toronto & District, 2010

– Trillium Long Service Awards

Trillium Long Service Award was developed by the Ontario S&RD Federation to recognize those Ontario Dancers, Callers, and Leaders who have devoted years of faithful service to the dance community of Ontario.

Trillium Long Service Award recipients:

  • Ralph & Doris Adam, South-Western Ontario, 1999
  • Doug & Dorelene Anderson, South-Western Ontario, 2016
  • Jim & Grace Bagshaw, South-Western Ontario, 2017
  • Lionel & Marilyn Bond, South-Western Ontario, 2009
  • Currie & Grace Burchill, South Western Ontario 2007
  • Bill & Gail Butler, Eastern Ontario, 2020
  • Mary and the late Clarence Carter, South Western Ontario, 2006
  • Doris & Joe Dunphy, Eastern Ontario, 2000
  • Preston & Muriel Gilmer, Toronto & District, 2018
  • Jack & Joy Glasman, South-Western Ontario, 2017
  • Ray & Ruth Grose, South-Western Ontario, 2010
  • Lorne & Betty Hay, Toronto & District, 2002
  • Bob & Joan Hobson, Toronto & District, 2017
  • Dave Hutchinson, Eastern Ontario, 2019
  • Graham Ingram, Eastern Ontario, 2007
  • Ross & Shirley Lehman, South-Western Ontario, 2016
  • Bob & Hanna Logan, Toronto & District, 2008
  • William & Marian Maitland, Eastern Ontario, 2014
  • Alfred Marin, Eastern Ontario, 2013
  • Sheila Maxwell, Eastern Ontario, 2016
  • Bert and Marie McAlinden, Toronto & District, 2004
  • Lester McDougall, Sudbury Area, 2001
  • Harold & Marion Moore, Eastern Ontario, 2002
  • Les & Doris Moore, South Western Ontario, 2004
  • Jim & Elaine Peddie, Eastern Ontario, 2007
  • Don Peirce, Toronto & District, 2020
  • Les & Jean Pitt, South-Western Ontario, 2011
  • Jim & Maxime Powell, South-Western, 2008
  • Rose & John Skraba, Sudbury Area, 2001
  • Harold & Sylvia Stephens, South-Western Ontario, 2003
  • June Tripp, Eastern Ontario, 2020
  • Dorothy Tweed, Eastern Ontario, 2019
  • Joe Uebelacker, Toronto & District, Ontario, 2012
  • Walt & Eunice Warner, South-Western Ontario, 1999

Guidelines & Application Form

The Ontario S&RD Federation recognizes meritorious contributions to the dance community with two unique Trillium awards