22nd Annual Provincial Recreation Conference February 28 - March 2, 2018 Winnipeg

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President’s Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 28 | NOON – 2:00 PM

Congratulations to the 2018 awards recipients! 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 2018 award recipients.

President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement


Nominated by RCM Board of Directors

Recreation Opportunities for Children Inc., more widely known as ROC Eastman has been transforming children’s lives through recreation for over eight years. Starting in 2009 as a pilot program through the Government of Manitoba, ROC Eastman has grown into a registered Canadian charity serving over 175 children and their families living in poverty. In partnership with caring referral sources, ROC Eastman connects with families to help reduce barriers to participation by assisting with the costs of activity registrations, addressing transportation needs, and securing equipment and supplies. They work with each and every family in their home to provide a unique and personal learning program that promotes self-esteem, a sense of belonging, independence and fun!


Prairie Crocus Award


Nominated by RM of St. Clements

Dave Cain has spent over 40 years in recreation and community services. A Regional Manager with Manitoba Municipal Relations, Recreation and Regional Service Branch, for most of his career, Dave have been an influential leader who has educated, led and been the “boots on the ground” for many local, regional and provincial initiatives.  A highly skilled manager he is committed to building community capacity through guiding and educating recreation professionals, volunteers and civic leaders. Dave played an instrumental role in the formation of the Interlake Municipal Recreation Association and the Interlake Swim Association. He has also facilitated and spearheaded many community strategic plans, feasibility studies, funding development strategies and program initiatives with the primary goal of advancing recreation and recreation leadership in the province.


Award of Merit


Nominated by Jeff Elliott

Officially opening in September 2017, the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex is Brandon’s newest recreation facility. Its name sake, Ashley Neufeld was a gifted athlete and talented softball player who died in a drowning accident in 2009, while attending university in North Dakota. The efforts to establish a multi-diamond softball facility in her memory was seven years in the works and was the shared vision of the Westman Softball Association, the Brandon Slo-Pitch League, the Westman Adult Orthodox Leagues and the Westman Old-Timers. The complex includes eight softball diamonds for different age divisions, washrooms and a canteen. As a premier facility in the Westman region, the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex provides a world class venue to host local, regional, provincial and national championships and tournaments.


Student Leadership Award


Nominated by PERKS Council, University of Manitoba

A 4th year student in the Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development degree program at the University of Manitoba, Elaine Crew is committed to academic excellence and pursuing her love for outdoor recreation and parks management. Described by faculty members and her peers as passionate, tenacious and disciplined she balances this drive with a healthy dose of a creativity, empathy and enthusiasm. She is the founder and co-leader of the U of M Parks Canada Campus Club, member of Team Manitoba at the 2017 and 2018 Kinesiology Games and the recipient of two scholarships for her strong academic prowess. Elaine has also coached and refed high school and intramural basketball, plays women’s soccer and has been a camp counsellor and teaching assistant.


Therapeutic Recreation Award of Excellence


Nominated by Maem Slater- Enns

Ellen Locke has worked in the field of Therapeutic Recreation for over 19 years. She is currently the Manager of Recreation Services at Misericordia Health Centre overseeing a team of Recreation Facilitators that deliver programs to 250 interim and long term care residents. Ellen has made it her life’s work to develop and offer programs that are creative, innovative and resident focused.  These programs have included the Life Enrichment Program, Artist in Residency and the Music & Memory iPod Project to name a few. Ellen is also stanch in her commitment to advance the therapeutic recreation profession through excellence, best practices and mentorship. She is a member of the Therapeutic Recreation Leadership Council, Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association and has served on the Recreation Connections Manitoba Board of Directors.


Outstanding Recreation Facility Award


Nominated by Sharon Arsenault

The North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility originally opened in March 1970 as Centennial Swimming Pool. The pool was the heart of the north end of Winnipeg for almost 40 years.  In 2009, the City of Winnipeg agreed with a number of stakeholders that the facility was in need of renovations to improve accessibility and energy efficiencies as well as provide space for more innovative, responsive programming. With $7.5 million in renovations and 18,000 square feet of additions, the North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility reopened in 2010.  Designed to LEED Silver® certification, the new complex includes green roof landscape, solar panels, engineered water systems to reduce water consumption and other environmental designs and practices. The new facility is host to a variety of special events, community and sport groups and programs for all ages.


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