WRPA Citation of Merit Awards: Professional

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The Citation of Merit Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the field of parks and recreation. The Citation of Merit - Professional Award honors a park and recreation professional for their contributions to the field and WRPA.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years of service in the field of parks and recreation
  • Minimum of 5 years as a WRPA member

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate a consistent commitment to the field of parks and recreation, service to his or her community and assist in furthering the goals of WRPA. In addition, they have made contributions in many of the following areas:

  • A broad range of parks and recreation experiences, including progressive levels of leadership responsibility
  • Held appointed and/or elected positions in their community and/or with WRPA
  • Presented at conferences, assemblies, meetings or other such gatherings to promote parks and recreation
  • Contributed significantly to their community
  • Repeatedly accepted and eagerly welcomed leadership responsibility within WRPA

Nomination Process

  • Complete an online nomination form where you will be asked to provide the following information:
    • Contact information for nomination
    • Nominee’s name, title, organization, years they have been active in parks and recreation, and if they are a WRPA member
    • A brief summary of the nominee’s contributions to the field of parks and recreation
    • A brief summary of the nominee’s service to their community
    • Information on how the nominee has furthered the goals of WRPA
  • Email the following information to the WRPA office:
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Nominee’s resume and/or a brief employment/volunteer history and a list of key professional accomplishments.

  • In your confirmation email, you will receive a link to upload a maximum of three photos or graphics to the WRPA office for the award category you are applying for. Be sure to name your files with 'Citation of Merit - (Name of Individual)'

  • Video footage is highly encouragedIn your confirmation email, you will receive a link to upload a maximum of one video to the WRPA office for the award category you are applying for to be no more than 2-min. Be sure to name your files with 'Citation of Merit - (Name of Individual)'
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