Provincial Awards

Award Categories

BCRPA Honorary Life Member

BCRPA Honorary Life Members

Honorary Life Memberships are a special distinction conferred by BCRPA's Board of Directors upon Members who have made outstanding contributions to the parks, recreation, physical activity and cultural sector. Find out more.

Award of Merit

The nomination period for 2019 is now closed.

BC Recreation and Parks Association is pleased to recognize outstanding programs, facilities and parks, and dedicated individuals whose ideas, innovation, and services make an impact in the recreation and parks sector.

The Award of Merit recognizes individuals, staff teams, corporations, organizations and government jurisdictions for outstanding achievement at the municipal, regional, and/or special interest area level. This achievement shall involve a significant distinct contribution to the enhancement of local recreation and parks, or a specific interest area.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Either the nominator or applicant must be a BCRPA member.
  • The nominee must be BCRPA member.
  • Nominations are accepted for individuals, staff teams, corporations, organizations and government jurisdiction.

This award will be given sparingly and only to those individuals, organizations or businesses that have made a sustained and meritorious effort over many years in the enhancement of local recreation and parks.

The number of awards offered in any given year will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors, based on the strength of the nominations received. The Board further reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Connie Mah, Administrator, by email or phone 604-629-0965 ext. 258.

BCRPA Friend of the Sector

The nomination period for 2019 is now closed.

The BCRPA Friend of the Sector award honours achievement, excellence, creativity, innovation and outstanding collaboration by those outside the field of recreation and parks, in enhancing individual health, community well-being and quality of life that is directly linked to recreation and parks development.

BCRPA members are invited to submit nominations to recognize individuals and organizations as a Friend of the Sector.

This award will be given sparingly and only to those individuals, organizations or businesses that have made a significant and meaningful contribution to healthy living through partnerships with and support of recreation and parks.

The number of awards offered in any given year will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors, based on the strength of the nominations received. The Board further reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.

Eligibility Requirements:

    1. The Nominee does not have to be a BCRPA member.
    2. The nominee must be nominated by at least two (2) BCRPA Members.

For more information on criteria selection and procedures, view the document below:

►  Friend of the Sector – Policy, Criteria & Procedures

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Connie Mah, Administrator, by email or phone 604-629-0965 ext. 258.

BCRPA Provincial Awards of Excellence

The nomination period for 2019 is now closed.

BC Recreation and Parks Association is pleased to recognize outstanding programs, facilities and parks whose ideas, innovation, and services make an impact in the recreation and parks sector.

Categories include:

  • Program Excellence
    • in communities under 15,000 population
    • in communites over 15,000 population
  • Parks Excellence
  • Facility Excellence
    • for projects under $1 million in capital costs 
    • for projects over $1 million in capital costs

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Connie Mah, Administrator, by email or phone 604-629-0965 ext. 258.


Program Excellence Award

The Program Excellence award recognizes innovative programs that were successful in improving individual and community-level social and physical well-being. The program could serve as a model for other local governments or organizations to enhance their services.

Eligibility Requirements:

    1. Nominator or Applicant must be a BCRPA member.
    2. Nominee (the Program) must have been developed and administered by a currently enrolled Local Government, Affiliate, or Corporate Member.

Parks Excellence Award

The Parks Excellence Award recognizes outstanding design and development of park spaces using natural elements or repurposing materials. The park space reflects innovative community culture, which is accessible to all patrons, and encourages individuals and communities to get out into nature. The park positively impacts the well-being of the community and the recreation and parks sector.

Eligibility Requirements:

    1. Nominator or Applicant must be a BCRPA member.
    2. Nominee (the Park) must be owned and operated by a currently enrolled Local Government, Affiliate, or Corporate Member.
    3. The park must have been in existence for a minimum of one year.

Facility Excellence Award

The Facility Excellence Award recognizes outstanding facility design that reflects community culture. The facility spaces are accessible to all patrons, engages community members in design consultation, and ultimately improves the well-being of the community.

Eligibility Requirements:

    1. Nominator or Applicant must be a BCRPA member.
    2. Nominee (the Facility) must be owned and operated by a currently enrolled Local Government, Affiliate, or Corporate Member.
    3. Whether renovated, refit, or new, the facility must be open for a minimum of one year following the launch.
    4. The facility can either be outdoor or indoor, but must be a physical structure.

 

Current and Past Award Recipients

Congratulations to all the 2019 Provincial Awards of Excellence recipients!

2019 Provincial Award Recipients

Parks Excellence Award - City of Surrey, Forsyth Park

2019 Parks Excellence Award

Forsyth Park is a new, 7.5 acre neighbourhood park that has transformed a previously used, unsafe, and heavily littered area into a destination nature-inspired playground. The park also includes an off-leash dog area, picnic areas, pathways and trails and now acts as a connector among two schools, cycling and walking routes, and to the future City Greenway. Phase two for the project will include a sports field/courts, parking lot and washrooms.

The design for Forsyth Park emerged out of substantial community consultation which included public open houses and surveys. This process assisted in the development of a list of community needs, all of which were included in the final design of Forsyth Park with the goal of creating a park that could cater to all facets of the surrounding community.

To ensure all mobility levels and ages were able to use the park, each pathway is accessible by wheelchair and walker users, skateboarders, bicyclists, children on tricycles, pedestrians and joggers. Accessible play equipment, picnic tables, and bench pads were also included. All primary pathways are wide and paved, including a ramped pathway up to the playground hill.

Forsyth Park has been developed in an area where household incomes are lower than other parts of Surrey, and fills a much needed gap, providing active living and outdoor spaces where community members can gather and socialize.

“We are honored to award the City of Surrey the BCRPA Parks Excellence Award for their work on the Forsyth Park project,” said Rebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO of the BC Recreation and Parks Association. “This project has taken a previously unsafe and unused parcel of land and transformed it, with the guidance of its citizens, into a vibrant community hub that facilitates an active lifestyle and connection to others and to nature.”

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Left: Grand Opening of Forsyth Park

 

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Left: Off-leash dog area at Forsyth Park

 

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Left: Nature play area at Forsyth Park for kids of all abilities

 

Facility Excellence Award - City of Trail, Trail Riverfront Centre

2019 Facility Excellence Award

The new 15,000 square foot Trail Riverfront Centre serves as the home of Trail’s cultural, literacy and heritage services, including the Trail & District Public Library and Trail Museum & Archives. Since opening in April of last year, the accessible facility has welcomed over 78,000 visitors, patrons and members through its doors, far exceeding all forecasted expectations. The integrated concept allows patrons to flow freely between library and museum spaces, welcoming everyone from young families to seniors. The increase in patrons has also seen a new cohort of youth who are enthusiastically utilizing the Centre to supplement their education needs.

The Trail Riverfront Centre is centrally located and designed purposefully to reflect the continued impact industry plays in sustaining the quality of life in the region. Exhibits inside the facility tell the socio-cultural history of the community, with particular emphasis on the role sport has played as the social fiber of the community and in raising the profile of Trail on the international scale.

“It is our pleasure to present Trail with this Facility Excellence Award for the Trail Riverfront Centre. This project clearly reflects outstanding design and cutting-edge innovation that provides the citizens of this remarkable small interior town an integrated recreation, historical and cultural experience,” said Rebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO of the BC Recreation and Parks Association.

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Left: Trail Riverfront Centre, home to the Trail & District Public Library, the Trail Museum & Archives and the
Trail Visitor Centre.

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Left: Stairwell of the Trail Museum & Archives, showcasing the region's history

Program Excellence Award (pop. over 15k) - City of Surrey, MYzone Drop-in Afterschool Program

2019 Program Excellence Award

for populations over 15,000

The MYzone Drop-in Afterschool Program provides school-aged children accessible, affordable, and high quality afterschool programming between the hours of 3:00pm – 6:00pm when productive engagement is necessary to optimize developmental learning. The design of the program is based on extensive national and international research that identified the highest-impact evidence-based components to incorporate into the program and its curriculum.

MYzone addresses the need for quality afterschool programs in the second largest municipality in BC with the largest cohort of school age children in the province. The program’s design seeks to mitigate other key factors that can create barriers to a child’s positive development such as the absence of appropriate supports to new immigrant and refugee families, inaccessible child care, lower income, and transportation accessibility.

In response, the program embraces a universal approach to access and offers a convenient drop-in, sliding-scale, low-to-no fee format, allowing children open access and providing greater flexibility to families. The program strikes a balance between structured and unstructured activities providing active play and recreation, homework support, social-emotional skill development, leadership building, and peer and staff relationship development.

With its great success, and continued and growing support from stakeholders and community partners, the program has now expanded to 20 locations in Surrey with two more sites slated to be launched in the fall.

“The MYzone Drop-in Afterschool Program is a highly deserving recipient of the Program Excellence Award for the critical role it plays in providing an innovative, accessible, and flexible program to support the developmental needs of school-aged children and their families in Surrey,” said Rebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO of the BC Recreation and Parks Association.

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Program Excellence Award (pop. under 15k) - City of Kitimat, Mini Mud and Mud Games

2019 Program Excellence Award

for populations under 15,000

The Kitimat Mini Mud and Mud Games are team-focused recreational events open to all ages, providing active participation to both children and adults. The fun-filled Mud Games competition includes an eight kilometer course made up of 31 obstacles, utilizing as much of the natural environment as possible. A continuous shuttle service is provided to rotate spectators along the course so they may watch friends and family make their way through the obstacles. The course is designed by a local resident on his personal property, and constructed by multiple sponsors specifically to challenge participants mentally and physically.

The Mud Games began as a partnership between the District of Kitimat, the local Chamber of Commerce and a local business owner to bring together the community and invite participants from around the region to take part in a fun, entertaining, and team-building competition. The weekend originally included one event for participants aged 12 and over, but was met with so much enthusiasm from children under 12 years old, the event organizers designed a smaller, more manageable course for children, called the Mini Mud Games.

The mandate of the District of Kitimat’s Leisure Services is to promote a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally within the community while encouraging the development of sportsmanship, leadership, skills and development, self-esteem, enjoyment, and creativity within the recreation community. The Kitimat Mini Mud and Mud Games were designed to reflect and support this mandate.

“It is our pleasure to present the City of Kitimat with this Program Excellence award for Kitimat Mini Mud and Mud Games. This program engages community members of all ages in a unique, homegrown outdoor recreation program that while offering up a physical and mental challenge for participants, also provides an opportunity for deeper engagement and community connection for all,” said Rebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO of the BC Recreation and Parks Association.

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Past Provincial Award Recipients

2018

Parks Excellence Award

  • City of Trail, Columbia River Skywalk

The Columbia River Skywalk project specifically addressed issues related to Trail's walkability and connectivity as the West and East communities are separated by the mighty Columbia River. Prior to this project, the only other means to cross the river was via the main traffic bridge's walkway, which was noted as feeling unsafe by pedestrians. The connection to other urban trail systems, the installation of onramps, and the grade and width of the bridge have ensured 100% accessibility to users of all abilities.

Facility Excellence Award for projects over $1 million

  • City of Richmond, City Centre Community Centre

The City Centre Community Centre is a vibrant two-storey facility located within a mixed-use development. The LEED Gold community centre offers modern, multi-purpose spaces for a range of community recreation programs and services that are tailored to residents of all ages and abilities. The community centre also features an art studio, music rooms, social room, community living room and fitness centre.

 Facility Excellence Award for projects under $1 million

  • City of Taylor, Community Services Hub

The Community Services Hub was built with inclusivity in mind, with full wheelchair access, including wheelchair accessible doors, counter, conference table, and washroom implements. It also hosts the monthly meetings of the Taylor Access and Inclusion Committee, whose aim is to improve accessibility and inclusivity for the community. The Community Services Hub provides a clear point-of-contact to community groups and organizations that allows for the creation and building of important relationships as the community moves forward together.

Program Excellence Award for populations over 15,000

  • City of Richmond, Pollinator Pasture

Pollinator Pasture is the artistic creation of a large-scale landscape and community-engaged public art project by the City of Richmond in partnership with Border Free Bees, an ambitious, creative and successful long-term pollinator-focused public art initiative headed by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD). The 2.6 acre Pollinator Pasture, itself, is located at the Bridgeport Industrial Park and planted in the pattern of a bee's wings with native and naturalized seed beneficial to a broad range of pollinators. The Pollinator Pasture and supportive free programming raises awareness of the plight of wild pollinators, particularly bees, and empowers communities to actively engage in solutions for habitat loss. The initiative also transforms underutilized urban sites into aesthetically pleasing and scientifically viable pollinator pastures. The Pollinator Pasture exemplifies how harnessing the power of artistic practices can inspire community action, engagement and stewardship of pollinators in British Columbia.

Program Excellence Award for populations under 15,000

  • City of Kitimat, i-Can Program

The District of Kitimat, Leisure Services takes great pride in connecting the citizens of the community with opportunities to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle. The I-Can program was started when a gap in service was identified by a number of parents who have special needs children in the community. A unique partnership was formed between Kitimat Parents for Kids with Disabilities, Kitimat Community Development Centre and the Kitimat Leisure Services Department. The programs are designed to be inclusive with peers, while offering a unique, physically challenging level of participation that the child can achieve success in while still have fun (based on FLOW theory – finding the appropriate balance of challenge and skill in an activity to make the participant successful).

Award of Merit Recipients

  • Cathryn Volkering Carlile
  • Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS)

CPRA National Award of Merit Recipient

  • Murray Kopp

Student Scholarships

  • Emily Beaudoin, University of Victoria
  • Korine Hawksby, Langara College, Bachelor Degree Program
  • Sandip Gill, Langara College, Diploma Program

2017

Facility Excellence for projects over $1 million

  • City of Surrey, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre

Facility Excellence for projects under $1 million

  • City of West Kelowna, Memorial Park Amphitheater and Skateboard Park

Program Excellence

  • West Shore Parks and Recreation, Wild About Wellness

Parks Excellence for projects over $1 million

  • City of Richmond, Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment

Student Scholarship Recipients

  • Amy Cornish, Langara College, Diploma Program
  • Lauren King, University of Victoria
  • Britta Peterson, Vancouver Island University
  • Rachel Venner, Langara College, Bachelor Degree Program

2016

Facility Excellence

  • City of Castlegar, Millennium Park Natural Swimming Ponds

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • City of New Westminster, Saint Mary's Park

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • City of Kelowna, Strong Neighbourhoods Program

Program Excellence for municipalities with populations of less than 15,000

  • Resort Municipality of Whistler, Whistler Presents

Program Excellence for municipalities with populations of over 15,000 

  • District of West Vancouver, Keeping Connected

President's Award

  • Dean Gibson

Honorary Life Membership Award

  • Brian Johnston

Student Scholarship Recipients

  • Erin Henneberry, University of Victoria
  • Alexandra Lukac, Simon Fraser University
  • Rebecca Stephen, Langar College/University

2015

Facility Excellence

  • City of Burnaby, Edmonds Community Centre and Fred Randall Pool

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • Regional District of Central Okanagan, Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • District of West Vancouver, North Shore QSA Symposium and Network Events Program

Program Excellence

  • Active Communities Group, Active Communities Learn to Skate Program
  • City of Surrey, The Re-enactors: Surrey's True Stories, Heritage Program

Friend of the Sector

  • Doug Perks

President's Award

  • Louise Roberts

Student Scholarships

  • Hiroko Shinozaki, Langara College
  • Sarena Jonah, Langara College
  • Ashleigh Hawes, University of Victoria

2014

Facility Excellence

  • City of Langford, City Centre Park
  • Regional District of Central Kooteny, Crestion and District Community Complex

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • City of New Westminster, Westminster Pier Park
  • City of Prince George, Duchess Park

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • District of West Vancouver, Parks and Community Services Division, District of West Vancouver

Program Excellence

  • City of New Westminster, Heart 2 Art Program
  • Corporation of the District of Saanich Parks and Recreation, Education Children Outside (ECO) Nature Preschool
  • Saanich Commonwealth Place, District of Saanich, Moving Forward

Friend of the Sector

  • BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA)

CPRA Award of Merit

  • Chris Nelson

Student Scholarships

  • Blake Mansbridge, University of Victoria
  • Shelly Schnee, Langara College
  • Shannon Bence, Vancouver Island University

2013

Facility Excellence

  • City of Pitt Meadows, South Bonson Community Centre

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • District of Peachland, Centennial Way-Beach Avenue Project

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • West Vancouver Community Centre Society & District of West Vancouver, Situational Analysis

Program Excellence

  • District of West Vancouver, Ambleside Adventure Playground Camp
  • DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Sports & Me Pilot Program

Friend of the Sector

  • Lifesaving Society - BC & Yukon

President's Award

  • Lori Gibbard

Student Scholarships

  • Nicole Barrett, University of Victoria
  • Tara Nazemi, Langara College
  • Jody Phibbls, University of Northern BC

2012

Facility Excellence

  • City of Coquitlam, Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex
  • City of Surrey, Cloverdale Recreation Centre

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • Corporation of Delta, Rotary WaterWorks at Diefenbaker Park

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • City of Abbotsford, Safari Kids Zone

Program Excellence

  • City of Burnaby, Circus Program

Student Scholarships

  • Christine Creer, University of Victoria
  • Steven McGee, Simon Fraser University

2011

Award of Merit

  • Joe Iannarelli
  • Bob Pope

Environmental Leadership

  • Township of Langley, Urban Gardens

Facility Excellence

  • District of Maple Ridge, Greg Moore Youth Recreation Centre
  • City of Courtenay, Native Sons Hall

Healthy Choices

  • North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Play Well Eat Well - Healthy Eating Project

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • District of Lake Country, Swalwell Park
  • Township of Langley, Willoughby Community Park

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • City of Kelowna, Everybody gets to play - Okanagan Network

Program Excellence

  • City of Kelowna, Recreation Opportunities Coupon Program
  • City of Port Moody, What Swims Beneath
  • City of Victoria, Evergreen Terrace Neighbourhood Playground Program

Student Scholarships

  • Claire Jean, University of Victoria
  • Geoff Langan, Langara College
  • Paul Sharp, University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Dana Simpson, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

2010

Facility Excellence

  • District of West Vancouver, West Vancouver Community Centre
  • District of Kitimat, Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre
  • City of Kelowna, H2O

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • City of New Westminster, Step up to 12th Street
  • City of Richmond, Garden City Community Park Play Environment

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • District of Kitimat, Northern Health & District of Kitimat Protocol Agreement

Program Excellence

  • North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Health and Wellness Project for Newcomers
  • City of Surrey, MOYO - Mobile Youth Outreach

2009

Facility Excellence

  • City of Burnaby, Mountain Air Bike Skills Park
  • City of Nanaimo & Gemelia Design Inc., Oliver Woods Community Centre
  • City of Victoria, Burnside Gorge Community Centre

Environmental Leadership

  • City of Richmond, Terra Nova Rural Park Program

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • City of Surrey, Holland Park

Program Excellence

  • Active Communities Vancouver, Red Fox Active Outreach
  • City of Richmond, Decreasing Barriers, Increasing Wellness

Active Communities Excellence

  • Teck - Trail Operations, Inspiring Wellness and Learning Committee

Student Scholarships

  • Charissa Steel, Kwanteln Polytechnic University
  • Suzanne Vander Wekken, University of Victoria

2008

Active Communities Excellence

  • District of Kitimat, Kick It Up Kitimat
  • Canim Lake Band, Canim Lake Band Active Communities
  • District of Sparwood, Sparwood Active Communities

Facility Excellence

  • City of Surrey, South Surrey Recreation Centre
  • City of Campbell River, Campbell River Community Centre

Environmental Leadership

  • City of Abbotsford, Excellence in the Environment

HIGH FIVE Excellence

  • City of Surrey, HIGH FIVE Committment

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, The Stanley Park Storm: From Crisis to Opportunity

Program Excellence

  • North Vancouver Recreation Commission and West Vancouver Community SErvices, North Shore Walks
  • City of Surrey, Greenbrook Kids Clubhouse
  • City of Abbotsford, Diwali Sehat Mela

Student Scholarships

  • Emma Peake, Langara College
  • Leah Warwick, Langara College
  • Graeme Hall, Kwantlen University College
  • Laurel Liesel Beveridge, University of Victoria
  • Jody Lindsay Chan, University of British Columbia
  • Stephanie Walsh, College of the Rockies

2007

Facility Excellence

  • City of North Vancouver, John Braithwaite Community Centre

Environmental Leadership

  • City of Surrey, Surrey's Environmental Extravaganza

Program Excellence

  • District of Kitimat/Kitimat Health Unit, Women's Wellness Community Project
  • City of Surrey/Surrey Art Gallery, Urban Reality
  • City of Victoria, Passport to Skating

Parks and Open Spaces Excellence

  • City of Quesnel, West Fraser Timber Park

PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity

  • Greater Victoria Inter-Municipal Recreation Managers' Committee

2006

Facility Excellence

  • City of Burnaby, Metro Skate Park

Environmental Leadership

  • Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and LEES + Associates, Everett Crowley Park Management Plan

Program Excellence

  • City of Surrey, REMIXX
  • Township of Esquimalt, Esquimalt Together Against Graffitti

President's Award

  • James (Jim) Marvel

2005

Award of Merit

  • District of Oak Bay, Recreation Oak Bay

Facility Excellence

  • Regional District of Nanaimo, Oceanside Place

Program Excellence

  • The Corporation of the City of Penticton, Pentiction Steps Out