President’s Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

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President’s Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Noon – 2:00 PM


The President’s Luncheon and Awards Ceremony proudly recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals, groups and communities who have shown leadership and innovation in advancing the recreation sector. Join us in celebrating the effort, commitment and achievements of the 2019 award recipients.



The Prairie Crocus Award is the most prestigious award presented by Recreation Connections Manitoba and honours a professional who has made a significant contribution to recreation, therapeutic recreation, parks and/or leisure services within the Province of Manitoba.


Nominated by Susanne Moore

Jocelyn Macleod has worked for Recreation and Regional Services with the Province of Manitoba for 42 years. Beginning in 1982 as a summer student for the Interlake Recreation and Regional Services Branch, Jocelyn advanced to the position of Regional Consultant for Interlake Regional Services and eventually moving on to her current position as Recreation Consultant in the provincial office in Winnipeg. Jocelyn has learned to adapt to many challenges and changes but what has never wavered is her commitment to community, recreation leadership, volunteers and the positive impact that recreation has on the lives of Manitobans. Her values are grounded in the fundamental belief in the benefits of recreation and its role in supporting quality of life and building community. Throughout her career she has worked with a variety of recreation partners including government departments, not-for-profit organizations at all levels including those dealing in sport, physical activity, urban planning, health, infrastructure development, rural development, Aboriginal affairs, natural resources and conservation, education, arts and culture, social development, tourism, justice, heritage, child development and active aging. She is a champion of collaboration and community development that builds capacity within our communities and strengthens recreation leadership.



The President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement recognizes a recreation professional or group of recreation and allied sector professionals who have made a substantial contribution through a regional or provincial recreation project, initiative, program or event.


Nominated by RCM Board of Directors

The Westman Physical Literacy (WPL) Committee works with the common purpose to provide an avenue for interested partners to work together to promote, implement and evaluate programs, services, amenities and policy which increases the physical literacy of Westman children aged 0-12.Since the Committee was formed in fall 2015 they have completed a number of projects related to their purpose and objectives including resource development and distribution sharing of existing resources, two education/awareness; physical literacy challenges and demonstrations; site visits and presentations; and programming support. The Committee has also increased the capacity in rural communities in Westman by providing  physical literacy-training workshops, impacting over 15 communities within the region and numerous organizations, including childcare, schools, recreation, health, and indigenous communities. The WPL Committee has demonstrated vision and leadership by recognizing the need and importance of spreading the physical literacy message and taking the initiative to make Westman communities physically literate.



The Award of Merit will recognize 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.


Nominated by Glenboro Community Development Corporation

The Glenboro 55 Plus Games Committee was created to host the 2018 55+ Manitoba Games multi-sport competition in the communities of Glenboro, Carberry, and Wawanesa. The Glenboro Games Committee was able to host a very successful Games, achieving one of the highest profits in Games history. With a population of 650 people, the Town of Glenboro faced many logistical challenges when hosting the 850 Games participants. A strong community wide effort enabled the committee to overcome barriers regarding accommodations, food, and venues. The legacy established by the hosting of the Games included increased volunteerism, enhanced tourism profile, facility upgrades, the creation of recreation programs, and heightened community spirit. The ‘little town that could’ proved that a small town can achieve big things.



The Student Leadership Award is presented to a student attending a post-secondary institution who has made a significant contribution to recreation, therapeutic recreation, parks and/or leisure services through his/her volunteer activities, work experience and academic studies.


Nominated by Colleen Plumton, University of Manitoba

Janelle Bohunicky is a 4th year student in the Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development degree program at the University of Manitoba. Described by faculty members and her peers as a strong leader, trustworthy, and passionate she is dedicated to her post-secondary education and sports. Not only was she part of a softball team that won the Western Canadian Championships, but was also recognized for her teamwork and leadership with a highschool coaching award. As a volunteer, Janelle is part of the Physical Education, Recreation and Kinesiology Student Council on campus and recently completed her fieldwork experience with U of M Recreation Services as a Program Assistant, where she will be staying on with them as an employee in the winter term. Graduating in spring 2019, Janelle is looking forward to her career in recreation and sport management.



The Therapeutic Recreation Award of Excellence recognizes and honours a therapeutic recreation professional who has made a significant contribution in the field of Therapeutic Recreation within the Province of Manitoba.


Nominated by Jennifer Klos

Maem has worked in the field of Therapeutic Recreation for over 30 years at Seven Oaks Hospital. For the last 8 years, as the Profession Lead, she has promoted education opportunities, applied for grants, advocated for the profession and is also responsible for a team of Recreation Therapists in the department. Her innovative programs have assisted in promoting the benefits of recreation therapy to the interdisciplinary team as well as helped her patients to regain independence and encourage them to be physically active. Maem is also directly involved with the University of Manitoba within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, as a practicum supervisor for students and as a member of the curriculum review committee where she advocated for more offerings of therapeutic recreation course options. As part of the WRHA Therapeutic Recreation Leadership Council, Maem created a recreation assessment document that is now widely used in several WRHA facilities in the Geriatric Rehab and Mental Health departments for patient records. Maem is a leader in her field and continues to demonstrate excellence and advancement of the therapeutic recreation sector.



The Outstanding Recreation Facility Award recognizes a recreation facility in Manitoba that demonstrates outstanding or unique innovations in efficiency or accessibility.


Nominated by Rosser Woodlands Rec Commission

The Sunova Warren Arena opened in March of 2007 as the only indoor skating arena in the RM of Woodlands, RM of Rosser and RM of Rockwood, serving a community of a 600 square mile area. It provides programming for hockey leagues, a figure skating club, curling events, and in the summer also hosts fundraising events, graduation ceremonies and even a summer dog training event. The grounds are proudly maintained by the local farmers and residents with assistance from the RM’s and the LUD of Warren. The arena is a leader in it’s operational design with a geothermal heating system that freezes the ice and heats the building in the winter, but also converts to air-conditioning in the summer. Also, last year all the lights in the arena were converted to LED to be more efficient and environmentally friendly. The facility was planned, fundraised, built and is run by a completely volunteer board and exemplifies how a great facility like this one can accomplished with overwhelming support from the communities it serves.



The CPRA Award of Merit nationally recognizes an individual/organization/community group/corporation for an outstanding contribution in the parks and recreation sector in each province and territory.


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 245 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!


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