Paul Delaney, long-time RASC member (Toronto Centre), has won the 2015 Qilak Award bestowed by CASCA, the Canadian society of professional astronomers. Paul has been a tireless and effective promoter of astronomy in Canada over three decades. He is presently Director of the York University Observatory (1986-), and Director of the Division of Natural Science at York (2002-). Paul has fostered a vigorous EPO program at York, with 5,000+ visitors to the observatory over the course of a year, and he and his collaborators have attratced a global radio audience of 30,000 for the internet-based York Universe. Paul is also familar as an engaging and astronomically knowledgable presence on major media outlets.

The RASC is delighted to congratulate Paul on being named the 2015 CASCA Qilak Award recipient!

The Qilak Award / Prix Qilak is intended to recognize individual Canadian residents, or teams of residents, who have made an outstanding contribution either to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy in Canada, or to informal astronomy education in Canada, and to promote such activities among the members of the sponsoring organizations. Established in 2011, the Qilak Awards / Prix Qilak are given one by each of the sponsoring organizations RASC, CASCA, and FAAQ, with a common purpose and common evaluation criteria. The 2015 RASC Qilak Award winners are the DDO volunteers, so this year's Qilak Awards are a double win for the Toronto Centre.

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Friday, March 13, 2015