The Jim Barker Suri Network Ambassador Award was established in 2013 to recognize a Suri Network member who exemplifies Jim Barker’s commitment to and enthusiasm toward the Suri alpaca industry.
Jim Barker passed away suddenly in August 2012. He had a profound impact on the Suri Industry. As past president and board member of the Suri Network, he worked passionately to to promote and advance Suri Alpacas in the United States. He was a man who lived life to its fullest and was forever giving with a huge heart and warm smile. Jim lived everyday with tenacity, the pursuit of happiness, a hard work ethic, and a positive attitude.
The Ambassador Award is presented to an individual with similar attributes. Do you know of an individual who has contributed to a project, service or event that has made an extraordinary impact on Suri Network community?
Please nominate those who you feel have best modeled Jim Barker’s contributions and enthusiasm for the Suri industry!
How do I do it?
Simply complete and submit the form below for the individual who you feel deserves the highest recognition within the Suri Network community (current members of the Suri Network Board of Trustees are not eligible).
The Jim Barker Suri Network Ambassador Award recipients will be chosen based on meeting at least three of the following five criteria:
- Assisting in the implementation of an outstanding project that benefits the Suri industry
- Exhibiting a spirit of fun, competitiveness and sportsmanship at alpaca shows
- Providing extraordinary support to newcomers to the industry
- Making unselfish contributions to the Suri Network community
- Giving freely of time, energy and skills to the benefit of the Suri Network community
is perfectly acceptable to number each criterion and fill them out one
by one, or to write a page-long narrative hitting each criterion as you
go. Please be sure to address the criteria listed above in your
The deadline for submitting nominations is July 1 of each year. The
winner of the award is announced at the Suri Network Summer Symposium.
You can either complete the form below or download and complete the PDF document here.