Association Awards

2018 Nominations are being accepted at this time! Download the attached awards document and criteria.

The MRPA Awards Committee invites you to nominate a deserving recreation professional, citizen or facility of merit for this year’s awards reception.  It is extremely important to our association to acknowledge people in our profession who are worthy of recognition.

This year’s award recipients will be recognized at the Annual Spring Conference Awards Banquet.

The application process is the same for all awards.  When submitting a nomination for any of these awards, please utilize the Awards Criteria in providing supporting materials for the nomination.

The final deadline for all award nominations is in early February 3rd, 2018.

Click here to view Past Award Recipients

2017 Facilities of Merit Award Winner
Broad Cove Reserve: Pete Bingham, Cumberland Recreation Superintendent
 

2017 Facilities of Merit Award Winner
Bog Road Athletic Complex: Ryan Coite, Parks Foreman York Parks & Recreation

2017 Facilities of Merit Award Winner
Sargent Family Community Center: Chris Beaulieu, Director of Presque Isle Parks & Recreation

Facilities of Merit Award

  • A significant recreation facility established within the last two years
  • Shows the project overview, design, plan, and priority of need
  • Demonstrates an increase in recreational opportunities – including types of uses
  • Local commitment to the project
  • Accessibility to users
  • Demonstrates innovation and creativity 

Recent Winners
Donnabeth Lippman Park (Windham), Mason-Motz Center (Falmouth), "Just for Kids" Community Playgrouond (Houlton), The Waterhouse Center (Kennebunk), Westbrook Community Center, Wainwright Rec. Complex (SoPo), Johnson Field (Standish), Bangor Waterfront, Yarmouth Westside Trail, Bangor Armory,The Ballpark (Old Orchard Beach), Saco Community Center, Gorham Municipal Center

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 2017 Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award Winner
Lynn Hynes,  Yarmouth Lunch Crunch Program

Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Contributes to the well-being of recreation within the State of Maine
  • A community volunteer who supports the development and creation of recreation programs, facilities or services
  • Is not a paid employee of a department
  • Length of involvement at the local, multi-town, or state level
  • Diversity of involvement, contributions, and achievements
  • Letters of support from the community
  • Civic involvement
  • Moral character

Recent Winners
Matt Libby (Bath), Rob Washburn (Skowhegan), Kenny Fickett (Gorham), Ted Hellier (South Portland), Sharri MacDonald & Linda Mailhot (Old Orchard Beach), David Lindemann (Hampden), Keith Gray (Yarmouth), Matthew Schilmoeller (Orono)

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2017 "Dr. Bill Eckart" Young Professional Award Winner
Jason Hanken, Recreation Superintendent, Lewiston Parks and Recreation

"Dr. Bill Eckart" Young Professional Award

Dr. William Eckart retired from the University of Maine at Machias in 2011 after 31 years as Professor of Recreation Management. During his tenure, he built the program into one of the most respected programs in the country, and it was Maine’s only nationally accredited recreation degree program. Dr. Eckart was an active member of MRPA, serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors, spearheading the professional certification program, and managing membership.

  • Employment History/Experience: The nominee should have minimum of three years working within the Recreation Field and at least a two-year period should have been within the state of Maine, with no more than ten years experience.
  • Education: The candidate should have a degree in the field of Recreation, or a related field.  Additional consideration will be given to those professionals who have become certified in Parks & Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation.
  • Professional Affiliation:  Candidates must maintain membership in MRPA.  Any additional affiliations will hold value.
  • Program Development:  Candidates should have demonstrated outstanding performance on a community level through innovative programming, partnerships and civic involvement.
  • Professional Involvement:  Candidates should exhibit networking skills, and be involved with local and regional recreational issues and committees within MRPA.

Recent Winners
Nicole Welch (old Orchard Beach), Julio Santiago (Gorham) Sabrina Best (South Portland), Anthony Johnson (Freeport),  Kate Harris (Falmouth), Angela O’Connor (Kennebunkport), Tammy Leger (Kennebunk), Alan Grady (Gorham), Shelly Abbott (Hampden), Jen DeRice (So. Portland), Lucky D’Ascanio (Falmouth), Lisa Thompson (So Portland)

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  2017 "William V. Haskell" Distinguished Professional of the Year Award Winner
Debbie Gendreau, Assistant Director, Bangor Parks and Recreation 

 "William V. Haskell" Distinguished Professional of the Year Award

William V. Haskell served the MRPA from its inception and was director of the Presque Isle Parks and Recreation Department from 1946-1981.

  • Employment History/Experience:  The nominee should have a minimum of ten years working within the Recreation Field and at least a three-year period should have been within the state of Maine.
  • Education and Certification:  The candidate should have a degree in Recreation, or a related field.  Additional consideration will be given to those professionals who have earned higher degrees and/or who have become certified in Parks & Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation. 
  • Professional Affiliation:  Candidates must maintain membership in the MRPA.  Any additional affiliations, such as NRPA, will hold value.
  • Leadership Contribution:  Candidates should display qualities of leadership in MRPA and/or NRPA by serving on the Executive Board or by making other professional contributions such as a committee chairperson or committee member.
  • Administrative & Program Development:  Candidate should have demonstrated outstanding performance on a community level, through innovative programming, facility development and civic involvement
  • Learn More about William Haskell

Recent Winners
Denise LeBlanc (Skowhegan), Linda Brooks (Standish), Tina LeBlanc (Wells), Lucky D’Ascanio (Falmouth),  Steve Balboni (Bath), Marcel Blouin (Sanford), Tracy Willette (Bangor), Deb Smith (South Portland), Michael Martin (Brewer), Doug Beck (Auburn), Eric Seekins (Oakland), Marie Carmichael (Houlton), Don Brewer (Portland), Cindy Hazelton (Gorham), Mike Boies (Woodland), Pam LeDuc (Topsham), Dr. Bill Eckart (UMaine Machias), Norm Poirer (Orono), Ken Hanscom (Brewer), Jim Toner (Waterville), Marcia Noyes (Yarmouth)

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2017 Outstanding Parks Professional Award Winner
Rick Perruzzi, Turf Manager,  South Portland Parks, Recreation and Waterfront

Outstanding Parks Professional Award 

  • Employment History/Experience: The nominee should have a minimum of 10 years working full time in the parks and/or facilities profession and at least a five-year period should have been within the State of Maine.
  • Education: Priority is given to candidates with a degree in Parks & Recreation, or a related field.
  • Additional consideration will be given to those professionals who have become certified in Parks & Recreation (CPRP), Sports Field Management (CSFM), Horticulture (CPH) or certification in related field.
  • Professional Affiliation: Candidates must maintain membership in MRPA. Any additional affiliations will hold value.
  • Professional Involvement: Distinctive leadership as a parks manager, support staff crew leader, park supervisor, or park ranger in which his/her dedicated service has advanced the organization’s mission or vision.

Recent Winners
Zac Wiest (Yarmouth)

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Katahdin Award

Selected by the MRPA Board of Directors and presented to a Maine elected official or other Maine citizen (serving at the local, state or federal level) who, through their support of park and recreation services or policies at the Local, State or National level, has significantly enhanced the lives of the people of the State of Maine.

Recent Winners
Senator Olympia Snowe, Senator Susan Collins

 Questions? Contact Awards Committee Chair Tracy Willette at tracy.willette@bangormaine.gov