Date: 05 Dec 2016
On 17 September 2016 the Friends of the Zoo held a memorial service at Belfast Zoo in memory of chairman, William Brown.
William and his wife, Margaret, had a long-term interest in Belfast Zoo having adopted animals for several years before joining the volunteer group. William’s passion and dedication naturally led to his role as chairman of the group, a duty which he carried out for 14 years.
Current Friends of the Zoo chairperson, Donna Allen, said “William is deeply missed by the friends of the zoo, the zoo team and anyone who worked with him during his time as chairman of the group. He was a natural leader and ambassador who inspired all of the people who worked with him. William was particularly passionate about the kids club, which he always felt was the perfect platform to raise awareness of the natural environment and the importance of conservation, in order to inspire a lifelong interest from a young age. We therefore decided to introduce an award for children in the kids’ clubs, in William’s memory.”
The award recognises children from the junior and senior kids clubs who have shown most commitment and enthusiasm. The first ever winners, Daisy Johnston and Alistair Mulligan, were presented the William Brown Memorial Trophy, by his wife Margaret, at the presentation on 17 September.
Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns, said “William was a member of the zoo family for many years and his contribution and commitment was admirable. We are delighted that the next generation of zoo enthusiasts and conservationists will continue to be inspired by William’s legacy through the new award.”
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