The Guide of the Year Award recognizes professionalism and outstanding efforts as a guide. The award is presented to a deserving assistant hunting guide at the Annual Convention of the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC).  The winner receives a custom belt buckle and a $1,000 cheque.  The two runners-up receive $750 each.
What information is required? 
The GOABC looks for number of attributes in their selection of the winner.  This includes, but is not limited to, the assistant guides professional attitude and treatment of clients, ethics and standards, and knowledge of the area where they guide and its wildlife. Required in the submission are:
  1. What traits make this individual an outstanding assistant hunting guide?
  2. Describe how this individual has gone beyond the call of duty.

Previous Recipients

Monte Schumann, Grizzly Lake Outfitters – 2001
Katie Auerbach, Collingwood Bros. – 2002
Dan Leonard, Stone Mountain Safaris Ltd. – 2003
John Devries, Scoop Lake Outfitters Ltd. – 2004
Judy Maida, Opatcho Lake Guide and Outfitters – 2005
Alan Crawford, BC Safaris Ltd. – 2006
Billy Jack Young, Mackenzie Mountain Outfitters – 2007
Clayton Collingwood, Collingwood Bros. – 2008
Jim Johnson, High and Wild Wilderness – 2009
Brandon Ponath, Collingwood Bros. & Love Bros & Lee – 2010
Bert Robidoux, Sikanni River Outfitters – 2011
Derrick Stevens, Stone Mountain Safaris Ltd. – 2012
Quintin Thompson, Gundahoo River Outfitters – 2013
Dempsey Callison, Little Dease Ventures – 2014
Rod Hardie, Amblers Bighorn Country Guiding – 2016
Richard Foyston – Okanagan Outfitters – 2017
Garth Olafson – Scoop Lake Outfitters Ltd. – 2018
Luke Bennett – Sikanni River Outfitters – 2019
Randy Bedell – Fredlund Guide Service – 2020/21
Hunter McAuley – Finlay River Outfitters – 2022

Who can be nominated?

Any assistant guide (who is not an outfitter) employed by a member of the GOABC in 2023 can be nominated for the Guide of the Year Award.

Who can submit nominations?

Any GOABC members in good standing for 2023 and/or their clients can submit nominations for the Guide of the Year Award. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2024.

How do I submit my nomination?

Mail: Suite 103 19140 28th Avenue Surrey, BC V3Z 6M3

Fax: (604) 541-6339


Form below

Guide of the Year nomination form

Guide of the Year nomination form

Name of Nominee / Assistant Guide
Name of Nominee / Assistant Guide
Name of GOABC Member or Client
Name of GOABC Member or Client
Name of Seconder
Name of Seconder
Please describe what traits make this individual an outstanding assistant guide.
Tell me a story about how this individual stands out.

Maximum file size: 268.44MB

If you would like to upload photos, video or additional documents to support this nomination you can do so here.

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