The 2016 NWTRPA Award Winners and NWTRPA President Tony Devlin. L to R: Natasha Kulikowski, Tamara Jovic, Allie MacDonald, Rita Matla (standing in for Bella Nitsiza), Tony Devlin (Photo: Tara Marchiori)


Each year the NWTRPA presents awards to celebrate and recognize dedicated recreation professionals and volunteers in northern communities for their continuing efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and active living for all northerners. Below are a list of the Awards given out each year.

Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award

The Scott McAdam Youth Leadership Award recognizes a youth under the age of 24 for outstanding achievements and contribution towards improving the quality of life of residents in their community through volunteerism, work experience and studies. Scott McAdam was the Recreation Director in Fort Simpson when he passed away in 2001. Previously he was the Recreation Coordinator in both Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk. Scott was one of the founders of the Beaufort Delta Sahtu Recreation Association and also served on the Board of Directors for the NWTRPA. Scott was very passionate about recreation and worked and volunteered for his communities in many capacities.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award recognizes a community, organization, or individual in the NWT that has developed a new program, facility or approach to recreation and parks services. Award recipient will demonstrate a commitment to improving access and opportunities for community residents to choose an active and healthy lifestyle.

Award of Excellence

The Award of Excellence recognizes an individual, organization, or community that significantly contributes to recreation and parks development in the NWT. Award recipients will demonstrate professionalism, community engagement, and significant achievements in the delivery of recreation and parks services. The Award of Excellence recognizes achievement at the community, regional, territorial, and/or national level.

Active Elder Award

 The Active Elder Award recognizes an inspirational elder that is physically active. The recipient will exercise or will do traditional activities on a regular basis. They will likely be a role model in their community.

Honourary Life Membership

Honourary Life Membership recognizes a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the recreation and parks field, who has significantly served the NWT Recreation and Parks Association and is nearing, or completed, the end of their careers in the recreation field. This award may recognize individuals or organizations.