It is my pleasure to announce that Chris Malicki has been chosen to receive an RASC Service Award for 2015. The RASC explains the award on its website: “The Service Award is a major award of the Society given to a member in recognition of outstanding service, rendered over an extended period of time, where such service has had a major impact on the work of the Society and/or of a Centre of the Society.”
Chris has been the secretary of the Centre since its inception in 2006 and of the Mississauga Astronomical Society before that. He writes very concise minutes of all council meetings and for many years also wrote recaps of all Centre meetings. Chris is a very keen amateur astronomer, has travelled to numerous eclipses and has made many presentation to the Centre on his eclipse experiences and other astronomical phenomena. He is our observing guru and he is delighted to spend time pointing out objects in his telescope to fellow members and especially new members. He was instrumental in our purchase of the solar scope this past spring.
At the national level, he is one of the proofreaders of the Observer’s Handbook, checking for errors and inconsistencies within the many articles in the book – a time-consuming task that requires great attention to detail and a broad knowledge of a variety of astronomical topics.
Chris, congratulations on receiving this most deserved award for such important contributions to the Centre and the Society.
The award is a bronze medallion engraved with the winner’s name and year of presentation and will be presented (hopefully to Chris in person) at the General Assembly in Halifax in July.