The NWTRPA President Tim Van Dam standing with the 2017 NWTRPA and SideDoor Award Winners. L to R: Tim Van Dam, (unknown), Faith Raymond, Nathan McPherson (standing in for Marie Horassi), Tony Devlin (standing in for Nick Saturnino), Johanna Elliot, and Leela Gilday (standing in for Krystal Thompson).

The NWTRPA Board President, Cynthia White, standing with the 2018 NWTRPA and SideDoor Award Winners. L to R: Iris Notley (Executive Director of SideDoor), Hawa Dumbuya-Sesay (on behalf of YWCA), Eunice Nasogaluak, Beth Hudson, Arthur Taylor, Wilson Elliot, Christina Bonnetrouge, Tony Devlin, and Cynthia White.

NWTRPA Awards

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.

The NWTRPA is currently accepting nominations for all award categories for the 2020 NWTRPA Awards.

Below is 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 members of 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 creative, unique, or inventive program, facility, or approach to recreation and parks services. The Award recipient demonstrates a commitment to improving access and opportunities for community members 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. The Award recipient demonstrates professionalism, community engagement, and significant achievements in the delivery of recreation and parks services.

Active Elder Award

The Active Elder Award recognizes inspirational Elders who are active and share their traditional activities or knowledge. The Active Elder Award recognizes and honours community role models.

Canadian Parks & Recreation Association Award of Merit

The Canadian Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA) Award of Merit recognizes an individual, organization, community, or business for outstanding achievement in recreation and parks.

The winner of this award is selected by CPRA and handed out by the NWTRPA at our annual conference in the fall. See more information for this award under the ‘Canadian Parks & Recreation Association Awards Program’ section below.

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 has reached the end of their careers in the recreation and parks field. This award may recognize individuals or organizations.

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Awards Program

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association launched its awards program in January 2014 to nationally recognize individuals who have demonstrated a high level of commitment, passion and leadership in the parks and recreation sector.

The CPRA Awards Program celebrates the collective and collaborative efforts between the local parks and recreation professionals and organizations (such as the NWTRPA and its members) to the national work being undertaken by the CPRA.

All nominations are submitted by CPRA provincial/territorial member associations. If you have a candidate to nominate, please contact the NWT Recreation and Parks Association to submit a nomination for the award. 

For more information on the CPRA Awards Program, please contact info@cpra.ca.

CPRA Award of Merit

The CPRA Award of Merit gives national recognition to an individual, organization, community group, or corporation for an outstanding contribution in the parks and recreation sector in each province and territory. The nominee will have contributed to a municipal, regional, provincial/territorial or national success in the sector; and this achievement will have contributed to the advancement of parks and recreation regionally and/or nationally.

The award winner is chosen by the CPRA and handed out by the NWTRPA at our annual conference in the fall.

CPRA President’s Award of Distinction

The CPRA President’s Award of Distinction recognizes the exceptional contributions or long-term commitment of an individual who has worked toward the advancement the parks and recreation agenda on a national level. This recipient shows excellent leadership and long-lasting dedication to the parks and recreation sector on a national scale.

CPRA Partnership Award

The CPRA Partnership Award recognizes one national or provincial/territorial sector partner whose collaboration, creativity, and innovation enriches individual health and community well-being, and enhances the parks and recreation community in Canada.

CPRA Emerging Leader Award

The CPRA Emerging Leader Award recognizes the importance of supporting and celebrating young Canadians, as they are the future leaders of the parks and recreation sector. This award gives national recognition to one emerging leader in the field of parks and recreation who has made a valued contribution to the sector. The nominee will have contributed to a municipal, regional, provincial/territorial or national success in the spirit of contributing to the public good.