Important dates

Nominations for the 2018 Recreation Volunteer Recognition Awards are now closed. Details about the 2019 awards will be posted in Spring 2019.


Each year up to 4 Albertans are honoured for their dedication and service to the enhancement and development of recreation in the province.

Alberta has a wide-range of volunteers who help make the province’s recreation and parks’ activities among the best in Canada.

To recognize these volunteers, the province awards individuals who have - through their commitment and dedication.

Culture and Tourism annually salutes up to 4 recipients during the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) conference, workshop and awards banquet in October.


The Albertans who are bestowed with the Recreation Volunteer Recognition Award have made outstanding contributions at the community or municipal level through:

  • a personal volunteer commitment to recreation development
  • a consistent and continuous record of service to the public
  • community leadership in recreation
  • active participation in a variety of volunteer recreation activities

Additional Info

The following criteria are also used to review nomination eligibility:

  1. Nominee must be an Alberta resident.
  2. Volunteer contributions to an organization, administration, planning or promotion of:
    • events
    • programs
    • services
    • facilities
    • policies

    Coaching will be considered at a lower scoring rate than other aspects of recreation development due to coaching awards provided through Alberta Sport.

    Officiating may be included only if it is done on a volunteer basis as many officials are compensated for their time.

    Ensure this is clearly indicated on the nomination form.

    Do not include:

    • non-recreation contributions, nor involvement while the nominee was in a paid position.
  3. Nominees are not required to have served on a recreation board to be eligible for the award due to many communities no longer having recreation boards, but do have volunteers who make outstanding contributions at the community level.
  4. Posthumous nominations are accepted.
  5. Previous Recreation Volunteer Recognition Award (PDF, 126 KB) recipients are not eligible.

How to nominate

Prior to filling in the application carefully review the Award Criteria (PDF, 148 KB), as well as the checklist below, to ensure the necessary information and documentation is submitted for consideration.

  • Contact information for volunteer nominee
  • A written endorsement from a member of the municipal council or a recreation / community service director, or equivalent.
  • A list of the recreation or organization board involvement of the nominee
  • A further description of nominees’ recreation contributions
  • The nominee’s most significant volunteer contribution to recreation development and why you think this individual is qualified to receive an award.

After you apply

  • Alberta Culture and Tourism’s Energize Advisory Committee members are responsible for reviewing the completed nomination package submissions and evaluating them according to an established scoring criteria
  • Up to 4 award nominees are then recommended by the committee to the Minister of Culture and Tourism for consideration
  • Upon acceptance, a letter from the Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism notifies each award winner and invites him / her to receive their award at the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) conference and Energize Workshop on October 27, 2018 in Jasper, Alberta.

Award recipients

  • Award recipients' travel costs and related expenses to attend the conference and awards banquet are reimbursed
  • Winners receive a plaque recognizing their achievement, and
  • A news release is coordinated following the event


To connect with Recreation:

Alyssa Schwerman, Community Recreation Liaison
Alberta Culture and Tourism
Phone: 780-643-9487