WRPA Professional Awards: The Distinguished Service Award

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The Distinguished Service Award honors recently retired professionals for outstanding service in the field of parks and recreation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Retired within the past two years
  • Minimum of 10 years of service in the field of parks and recreation.
  • Minimum of 5 years as a WRPA member

Evaluation Criteria

  • Broad range of parks and recreation experience, including progressive levels of responsibility
  • Held appointed and/or elected leadership positions in their community and/or with WRPA
  • Contributed significantly to their community
  • Contributed significantly to WRPA

Nomination Process

  • Complete the 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
    • Provide the year of retirement for the nominee
    • Provide a brief overview of the nominee’s career and accomplishments
  • Email the following items to the WRPA office:
    • 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 'Distinguished Service - (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 'Distinguished Service - (Name of Individual)'
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