Dan Bouwman, 2019 T. Roy Adams Humanitarian award recipient

​Niagara Region is pleased to announce that Dan Bouwman is the 2019 recipient of the T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award in recognition of his dedication to community service. 

Dan’s passion for making nature accessible to all, regardless of abilities, began with his desire to give back to the community that had given him so much. His efforts have focused on making nature a place for all people to enjoy. This passion was made all the more personal with the birth of his granddaughter, who was born with a rare brain defect.

Over the following years, his dedication to the development of Heartland Forest has seen the additions of:

  • wheelchair accessible trails
  • the largest accessible tree house in Canada
  • a fishing pond made accessible with a deck 
  • an accessible playground
  • an accessible mini-putt course
  • the Toonie Toots Train and Station
  • and the fully accessible Nature Centre
His commitment to the community doesn’t end there. Besides the many programs offered at Heartland Forest, such as their environmental education programs and adventure camps, Dan has opened the facility up to other local community groups. The facility has welcomed the Niagara Woodcarvers, GeoCachers, Astronomy club, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, and many others.

Dan’s devotion to inclusiveness has not just preserved the geographical landscape, it has also reshaped our community. The accommodations he has made for those with accessibility needs have provided opportunities for all families to appreciate being together and spending their quality time in nature.  

This year marks the seventeenth anniversary of the T. Roy Adams award which is presented annually to a Niagara resident who exemplifies the values and dedication to community service of the late T. Roy Adams. Mr. Adams served on Regional Council as Mayor of St. Catharines from 1976 to 1985 and as a Regional Councillor from 1988 to 2002.


Katie Desharnais
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3290

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