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Environmentalist, Free Press photo editor named to Order of the Buffalo Hunt

Premier Greg Selinger today awarded one of Manitoba’s highest honours, the Order of the Buffalo Hunt, to Jon Thordarson and James Potton, both of Winnipeg, recognizing their commitment and excellence to the fields of photojournalism and graphic design, and environmental education.

"Jon Thordarson spent a lifetime chronicling the photographic history of Manitoba through his careers with the Winnipeg Tribune, the Winnipeg Sun and, for the past 20 years of his life, with the Winnipeg Free Press," said Selinger. "Sadly, Jon passed away just days before he was to receive this honour in 2010."

Jim Potton accepts his award from Premier Selinger for efforts in the field of environmental education for the past quarter century, which have been instrumental in helping young people learn about protecting the environment through the Manitoba Forestry Association and Envirothon.

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Jim Potton accepts his award from Premier Selinger for efforts in the field of environmental education for the past quarter century, which have been instrumental in helping young people learn about protecting the environment through the Manitoba Forestry Association and Envirothon. Photo Store

Jon Thordarson spent a lifetime chronicling the photographic history of Manitoba through his careers with the Winnipeg Tribune, the Winnipeg Sun and, for the past 20 years of his life, with the Winnipeg Free Press. His family, including his widow Janice, surround Premier Selinger with the posthumous award.

Jon Thordarson spent a lifetime chronicling the photographic history of Manitoba through his careers with the Winnipeg Tribune, the Winnipeg Sun and, for the past 20 years of his life, with the Winnipeg Free Press. His family, including his widow Janice, surround Premier Selinger with the posthumous award.

Jon Thordarson

Jon Thordarson

Selinger thanked Jim Potton for efforts in the field of environmental education for the past quarter century, which have been instrumental in helping young people learn about protecting the environment through the Manitoba Forestry Association and Envirothon, often described as the environmental academic Olympics for high schools.

The Order of the Buffalo Hunt was created in 1957 and has been used to recognize individuals or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding skills in the areas of leadership, service and community commitment.

Jets captain Lars-Erik Sjoberg leads a parade down Portage Avenue on May 5, 1976, after the team won its first Avco Cup.
On May 28 1978, crowds lined Portage Avenue in celebration.
Bobby Hull chats with fan at victory parade.
On May 22, 1979, Jets captain Lars-Erik Sjoberg rode with the Avco Cup for the team's third victory parade on Portage Avenue.
Jets captain Lars Erik Sjoberg with  Chicken Delight Jets Mascot  on City Hall balcony on May 22, 1979.
Willie Lindstrom was in the first Avco Cup parade on Portage Avenue on May 5, 1976.
Jets GM John Ferguson, with hand on Avco Cup, is flanked by his team at City Hall celebration.
Norm Beaudin holds the Avco Cup on Main Street during May 5, 1976 parade.
Jets and their many fans celebrate third Avco Cup victory at City Hall.
Fans line parade route on May 23, 1978.
On May 23, 1978, Lars-Erik Sjoberg holds Avco Cup which was broken during celebration the night before.
Fans turned out in droves to City Hall on May 23, 1978 to celebrate second Avco Cup.
Fans at  victory parade for the Jets second Avco Cup.
Bobby Hull reaches out during  first Avco Cup victory parade on May 28, 1976.
Assistant coach Bill Sutherland and head coach Tom McVie on Memorial Boulevard on May 22, 1979.
A young fan gets a handshake during Jets first victory parade on May 5, 1976.
Jets GM John Ferguson and Marc Cloutier during  third Avco Cup victory parade.
The Trizec tower was still under construction at the time of the Jets third victory parade.
 Anders Hedberg holds Jets second Avco Cup trophy.
Jets defenseman Barry Long takes out Soviet Red Army player in front of goalie Joe Daley on Dec. 12, 1977.
Mats Lindh wears apparatus to protect his broken jaw playing against  Calgary Cowboys.
Jets goalie Joe Daley and captain Lars-Erik Sjoberg flank the Avco Cup on May 20, 1978, after winning it for the second time.
Jets goalie Joe Daley in game on March 12, 1976.
Jets captain Lars-Erik Sjoberg carries the team's second Avco Cup in victory skate around Winnipeg Arena on May 20, 1978.
Joe Daley makes a save on May 20, 1978.
Gordie Howe shakes hands with exhausted Jets goalie Joe Daley on May 20, 1978.
Bobby Hull in a March 29, 1977 game against Houston.
Terry Ruskoski carries Avco Cup, celebrating the team's third victory.
New England Whalers Gordie Howe in playoff game takes on Jets goalie #30 Markus Mattsson
May 20 1978: Jets bench left to right - Lars-Erik Sjoberg, Dave Dunn, Ted Green.
The Jets played Finland on March 25 1979
On Dec. 20, 1977, the Jets took on the Soviet Red Army in a hard-hitting game. Barry Long and Ted Green collide with a Russian player.
Celebrating second Avco Cup victory on May 20,1978. Left on shoulders is Terry Ruskowski , right, Lyle Moffat,  in Jets dressing room.
Jets coach Tom McVie celebrates third Avco Cup championship.
Jets celebrate their third Avco Cup. In centre of picture is goalie Joe Daley, Peter Sullivan #10 and Kent Nilson with Avco Cup.
Jets battle Birmingham Bulls on April 15, 1979.
Jets #15 Anders Hedberg in action against New England.
Jet Lars-Erik Sjoberg faces Wayne Gretzky in playoff game on May 20, 1978.
Terry Ruskowski  and teammate celebrate Jets third Avco Cup victory.
Jets #2 Lyle Moffat gets a  glove in the face from Indianapolis Racer goalie in a March 9, 1978 game.
Jets take a victory lap to celebrate third Avco Cup.
WHA referees in game against the Birmingham Bulls
Players drink from the cup in the dressing room after third Avco Cup victory.
Jets celebrate third Avco Cup victory.
Jets goalie Joe Daley make save against Quebec in a Jan.18,1978 game.
Fans stream on to  the ice looking for sticks after Jets third Avco Cup victory.
Team owner Ben Haskin with  Jets second AVCO Cup.
Kim Clackson celebrates goal in the final WHA game against Edmonton in 1979.
Bobby Hull gives Peter Sullivan a look during playoff action against New England on May 20, 1978.
On May 20, 1978 #15 Anders Hedberg celebrates goal with Ulf Nillsson and Lars-Erik Sjoberg as Winnipeg fans go wild.
 Winnipeg Jets player Mats Lindh with apparatus to protect his broken jaw in a Jan. 21, 1976 game against Calgary.
The Jets took on Phoenix on Oct. 30, 1974, with the help of their mascot.
Young Jets fans show off souvenir pucks.
Jets backup goalie Curt Larsons does between-period promo in October 1976 with University of Manitoba  women hockey players.
Fans celebrate Jets third Avco Cup victory on May 20, 1979.
In 1974, cigarette companies could still advertise at sporting events.
This young fan showed up with a home-made flashing hat when the Jets played the Soviet Union on Jan. 6, 1977.
Fans enjoyed the game against the Soviet Union on Jan 6 1977.
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Updated on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM CDT: Adds new images.

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