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21st Annual Provincial Recreation Conference February 13-15, 2017 Winnipeg

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President’s Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

Monday, February 13 | NOON – 2:00 PM


The President’s Luncheon and Awards Ceremony proudly recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups and/or communities who have shown leadership and innovation in the advancement of the recreation sector.  Join us in celebrating the effort, commitment and achievements of the 2017 award recipients.

President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement

This award recognizes a recreation professional or group of recreation and allied sector professionals who have made a substantial contribution through a regional or provincial project, initiative, program or event

Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association – Recycle Everywhere Program

Nominated by Winnipeg Soccer Federation

Keeping our public and leisure spaces clean is important to Manitobans, that’s why the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) Recycle Everywhere Program has a presence in almost all Manitoba municipalities.  A province-wide away-from-home beverage container recycling program, the recycling bins can be found at arenas, libraries, recreation centers, community centers, and festivals.   Founded in 2010, the CBCRA is committed to reaching the government mandated target of recovering 75% of beverage containers sold in Manitoba.  The CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program is also an educational initiative that promotes away-from-home recycling no matter where we live, work or play.

Prairie Crocus Award

This award honours a recreation professional who has made a significant contribution to recreation, therapeutic recreation, parks and/or leisure services within the Province of Manitoba.

Perry Roque

Nominated by City of Brandon

Perry Roque has been the Director of Community Services for the City of Brandon for more than five years and previously the Facility Manager of the City of Brandon Sportsplex for more than twenty years.  His commitment and leadership to recreation, sport and leisure is exemplary.  Community engagement is important to Perry.  He has been involved with community groups in a variety of capacities including the Prairie Mountain Health, Catholic School Board, Healthy Brandon Strategic Plan, Recreation Connections Manitoba, Northern Manitoba Recreation Association, Northern Regional Culture Council, Northern Regional Sport Association, Manitoba Council of the Canadian Red Cross, 2001 Canadian Special Olympic Summer Games, and a host of others.  An avid runner, Perry enjoys competing in marathons throughout Canada. His most recent endeavour is to complete the Pro Track training with the Canadian Association of Public Speaking.

Award of Merit

This award recognizes a community group, organization or municipality for excellence and innovation in the provision of recreation, therapeutic recreation, and/or parks programs and services at the community level.

Starbuck Recreation Association

Nominated by Macdonald Public Recreation Commission

The Starbuck Recreation Association (SRA) has demonstrated a true commitment to the benefits of recreation through exemplary efforts to revitalize their facility and sustain recreation services to the community. Through truly collaborative efforts and extensive community engagement, they achieved a massive fundraising goal to replace the aging refrigeration system. The SRA and the Starbuck community understand the value of recreation infrastructure and the greater good provided to their community. The Starbuck Recreation Centre is a unique facility with a storied history that reveals vision, enthusiasm and optimism. The recent success of SRA’s efforts to renew the recreation centre ensures a legacy to the community for years to come.

Student Leadership Award

This award recognizes a student who has made a significant contribution to recreation, parks and/or leisure services through his/her volunteer activities, work experience and academic studies.

Bree Langlais

Nominated by the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (FKRM)

Bree Langlais is described in her faculty as someone who always stands out of the crowd due to her engaging personality, desire to learn and pursuit of excellence. In March 2016, Bree was elected by her peers to serve as the Events Coordinator for the FKRM Student Council (SAHPER). While attending university full time and being involved with competitive figure skating, she has successfully planned and implemented various events for the Student Council, including the 2017 Kinesiology Games Career Fair.  The Faculty and her peers believe that Bree’s commitment to lifelong learning, strong leadership skills and community involvement will ensure she has a promising future as a recreation professional.

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