Awards Committee


Execute the annual Awards Program to honor park and recreation professionals and partners.

Annual Duties:

  1. Develop a campaign to inform the members of the WPRA awards and encourage nominations for these awards.
  2. Publicize WPRA Foundation, NRPA, and other related award programs for park and recreation professionals and encourage member participation.
  3. Develop and update criteria for WPRA awards, nomination forms, programs, rules, procedures, and brochures as required.
  4. Ensure accurate record keeping of all award recipients and years of service in the field.
  5. Vet candidates for all award categories and identify winners for presentation to the Board of Directors.
  6. Collect information on winners for the awards presentation at the Annual Conference.
  7. Make necessary arrangements for winners with the WPRA Office, based on criteria defined within the Awards Committee Manual.
  8. Work with the WPRA Office to identify and procure awards/plaques/items/etc.
  9. Develop the awards program content and conduct the presentation of awards at the Annual Conference.
  10. Submit notice of award recipients for Winter issue of IMPACT magazine.
  11. Draft and submit press releases to appropriate publications for award recipients.

2024 Committee Members:

  • Chair: Chad Dallman - 2021 Professional Award of Merit Recipient
  • Dan Wick - 2022 George Wilson Recipient 
  • Jeff Skoug - 2021 George Wilson Recipient
  • Dawn Comte - 2022 Professional Award of Merit Recipient
  • Tom Flick - 2023 Professional Award of Merit Recipient
  • Board Liaison: Stephanie Schlag - Immediate Past President