Awards Given to CSPA Members
CSPA is a volunteer organization and since the 1950's volunteers have been working behind the scenes in many areas of skydiving. They are dedicated and give service, not for reward or diploma, but rather to better the sport they love.
This section of the web site is dedicated to those volunteers who have been recognized over the years for their work and commitment.
Although the list below of those recognized for their extraordinary service is long, it is not a perfect list. We try to do our best but as a volunteer association we do not always get it right. When it comes to acknowledging the efforts of the worthy, unfortunately, some get missed and are 'lost to history'.
As jumpers we owe a special thanks to all those who make the commitment of service whether recognized here or not. Skydiving has benefited greatly from these builders of our Sport. The dedication and hard work of our volunteers leads to long-lasting benefits for sport parachuting. These benefits go above and beyond competitive achievement or national team medals.
For those whose service goes beyond the norm or is extra special the sport recognizes their efforts with the various honours listed below.
GLENN R. MASTERSON MEMORIAL TROPHY
Initiated by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association in March of 1979, this trophy is to honour the memory of Glenn R. Masterson who was a pioneer in the sport of parachuting.
This prestigious trophy is awarded to the individual(s) who have performed heroic action(s) or for contributing to the advancement of our sport.
CSPA CATHY JOHNSON SERVICE AWARD
This plaque, presented to only 3 recipients per annum, is awarded to an individual in recognition of the outstanding contribution and dedication which they voluntarily provided over a long period of time, in support of our sport of parachuting and to the Association.
FAI - LEONARDO DA VINCI DIPLOMA
This award was established in 1970 by the FAI and is presented once a year to an individual who has obtained the following:
- Obtained at least 3 times consecutively, the title of National Parachuting Champion; or
- Obtained at least once the title of Absolute Parachuting Champion and at least twice the title of Combined Champion at an International parachuting competition; or
- Successfully fulfilled the function of Chief Judge at least twice at an international competition and at least once at a World parachuting Championship; or
- Fulfilled at least 3 times consecutively the function of International Judge at a World Parachuting Championship; or
- Established at least 3 World Parachuting Records; or
- Fulfilled at least twice the function of Competition Director at an Int'l Parachuting Contest and at least once at a World Parachuting Championship; or
- Been appointed President of Honour of the FAI Parachuting Commission, or served for at least 10 consecutive years and is still serving as national delegate to the FAI Parachuting Commission
IPC - FAUST VRANCIC MEDAL
This medal was established in memory of Faust Vrancic. The Medal may be awarded annually, on the decision of the FAI Parachuting Commission, for technical innovation or achievement in parachuting.
IOC (INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE) DIPLOMA
For a remarkable contribution, as a volunteer, to the development of sport and Olympism, and to the promotion of friendship and solidarity among peoples.
ORDER OF CANADA
The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada's honours system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. The Order of Canada's motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country).
THE GEORGE MEDAL
The George Medal is A second level civil decoration of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. The GM was instituted on the 24 September, 1940 by King George VI. The GM is awarded for acts of great bravery.
CANADA CENTENNIAL MEDALS
For contribution to sport parachuting in and for Canada
CANADA 125 ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL
This one-time commemorative medal was awarded to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. It was awarded on behalf of His Excellency The Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn and was presented to those who made a significant contribution to Canada, to their community, or to their fellow Canadians. The decoration is a reminder of the values of service, individual respect, and community effort on which Canada was built and on which its quality of life will always depend.
RAYMOND NEIL PERKINS TROPHY
This trophy has been retired and was replaced by the Glenn R. Masterson Trophy. It was donated to the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (C.S.P.A.) by the St. Catharines Parachute Club in memory of F/O Raymond Neil Perkins, one of the original members of the Parachute Club of Canada (now called C.S.P.A.) Raymond, at the age of 22 years , met with a fatal accident in a Harvard aircraft on duty as an Instructor with the R.C.A.F. on May 21st, 1958. This trophy had been awarded by C.S.P.A. to various individuals or groups since 1962.
PAUL TISSANDIER DIPLOMA
This diploma was established by the FAI in 1952, and is named after Mr. Paul Tissandier, Secretary General of FAI from 1919 to 1945. This diploma is awarded to those who have served the cause of Aviation in general and Sporting Aviation in particular, by their work, initiative, devotion or in any other way.
CARNEGIE HERO FUND
The Carnegie Hero Fund was established in April of 1904 by Mr. Andrew Carnegie and was created to recognize the outstanding acts of heroism performed by an individual while risking his/her life to an extraordinary degree in saving or attempting to save the life of another person, or voluntarily sacrificing him/herself in a heroic manner for the benefit of others
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Ontario Sports Award is presented by the Province of Ontario to athletes, coaches and volunteers in grateful recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of fitness and amateur sport over an extended period of time which has resulted in the building and development of their sport.
1967 CENTENNIAL COUNCIL ON SPORT PARACHUTING DISTINGUISHED PARACHUTING AWARD
Presented on Canada's centennial year by the Centennial Council on Sport Parachuting for unselfish contributions to the betterment of sport parachuting in Canada since its inception and for un-tiring efforts to upgrade the sport and enforce the basic safety regulations as initiated by the Parachute Club of Canada.