Recreation Volunteer Recognition Awards

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism annually recognizes four volunteers who, through their volunteer commitment and dedication, have significantly enhanced the development of recreation in Alberta. Every October these awards are presented during the ARPA/Energize Conference.

The Recreation Volunteer Recognition Award began in 1977 and over 200 volunteer leaders have since been recognized. The 2014 Award recipients were chosen at the 2014 ARPA/Energize Conference and their names and bios .
And for a recent blog post that expresses thanks to these hometown heroes, go to:


  • Letters (including the nomination forms and criteria), are sent to all community governments in Alberta in late April or early May, informing them about Energize and the Recreation Volunteer Recognition Awards. The information is also distributed through the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) list serve and the eight regional recreation associations.
  • Nominations are accepted until June 20, 2014.
  • The Alberta Culture and Tourism Energize Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the completed nomination submissions and evaluating them according to an established scoring criteria.
  • Four award nominees are recommended to the Minister of Culture and Tourism.
  • Once approved, a letter from the Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism notifies each of the award winners* and invites them to receive their award at the ARPA/Energize Conference and Awards Banquet (which takes place annually in October).
  • Notes: Travel and related expenses for award recipients to attend the conference and awards banquet are covered, and they receive a plaque recognizing their achievement. A press release is also coordinated following the conference.

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For questions, contact:
Mr. Chris Szabo, Physical Activity Advisor
Alberta Culture and Tourism
Recreation and Physical Activity Division
Telephone: (780) 415-0276

Last reviewed/revised: March 9, 2015
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