2021 Surrey Award of Merit: Paul Koroscil

Award of Merit: Paul Koroscil

The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) announces that Paul Koroscil of Naramata is a recipient of an Award of Merit. The award was presented at the Federation’s annual conference awards gala online on June 5.  

Paul is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the study and promotion of British Columbian history. A dedicated writer, Paul has authored three books, including The British Garden of Eden: Settlement History of the Okanagan Valley and published more than 27 articles over the course of his career.  

His efforts to spur historical interest go beyond the page. An instructor and assistant professor within the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University, Paul’s passion and enthusiasm for historical geography has been passed on and he “instilled his love of British Columbia geography and history in many of his students.”

In his acceptance speech, Paul wrote: “I feel honored and humbled in receiving the Award if Merit . 

“I would like to thank Kathy Drew and board of directors, Friends of Fintry Provincial Park for nominating me. I would also like to thank the Department of Geography, SFU for accommodating a historical geographer and supporting me in researching my BC topics. Special thanks to Len Evenden, who has always showed an interest in my research. Since most of my research was completed prior to the IT revolution and digitization, I was fortunate to have the encouragement of my wife also my field assistant and critic who I owe a great deal of thanks.”