On February 27, during the QAS Grand Finale, there will be a short award ceremony to honor one of our best. The Quiet Water Society is proud to announce that Deana Jerdee
has been selected to receive the 2021 Verlen Kruger Award. Deana is the Executive Director of Paddle Antrim
. The Paddle Antrim Festival, which takes place on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail, was started in 2015 and is a high profile event in our paddling community. Deana's organization has exhibited many times at QAS, so many of you have benefited from her efforts to promote paddling and water trails. Deana also stands out because she is a certified ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor and has introduced many people to the joy of paddling.
The Kruger Award is given annually to a person who has supported and promoted paddle sports along with water conservation, education, or history in Michigan. Deana easily qualifies for the award because the mission of her organization is to" protect our water resources by using paddle sports to connect people to our waterways. Through stewardship, education, improved water trail access, and promotion of our waterways we will increase water resource protection and enhance the economic vitality of the region".
Join us on February 27 to recognize Deana's many contributions to the paddling community.