Energize Awards celebrate leading Albertans in sport and recreation
The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) held its annual conference and energize workshop in Jasper on October 18 to 20. More than 400 delegates from across western Canada took park in this educational event to think big, work together and to be proactive in creating Alberta's future.
Four individuals received Energize Awards for having made outstanding contributions to the community through a personal commitment to recreation development, continuous public service and active participation through volunteer activities. Awards were presented by Christine Cusanelli, the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation; Terry Welsh, President of ARPA; and Brian Wright, Energize Advisory Committee Chairperson.
|Brian Brown and Minister Christine Cusanelli|
Brian Brown - Wetaskiwin
Brian has made a strong impact building a community through child and youth development. Brian has been actively involved with fastball and hockey programs, including administrative duties, tournament coordination, officiating, fundraising, managing and coaching. Brian was an important member of the Wetaskiwin Recreation Committee, providing input into recreation development within the county.
Wayne Meikle - Okotoks
Wayne has been heavily involved with the Healthy Okotoks Coalition, collaborating with community partners to promote recreation and a healthy community environment. Wayne has worked with various groups in developing a river valley management plan, tree planting, community garden initiatives and played an important role in the annual river valley clean up. Wayne's focus on sustainability is reflected through his actions to promote environmental stewardship and healthy living.
|Brian Wright, Michelle Koebernick and Minister Christine Cusanelli|
Michelle Koebernick - Drayton Valley
Michelle has played an important role in the development of curling in the community. She has been involved on the regional, provincial, national and international levels as a statistician and has organized three provincial curling championships in Drayton Valley. Michelle has made a significant contribution to the Drayton Valley and District Slo-Pitch Society, the Drayton Valley Ladies Golf League and the Drayton Valley Recreation Board.
|Brian Wright, David Wayne Powell and Minister Christine Cusanelli|
David Wayne Powell - Drumheller
David plays an intricate role in encouraging Albertans to be more active. He has been involved in several capacities with numerous community leagues including slo-pitch, golf, skiing, lacrosse and minor hockey. David has also been part of community efforts to build a track, host mountain bike events and is currently involved with the planning of a new skate park.
The Energize Awards first began in 1977. Since then, more than 200 Albertans have been acknowledged for their outstanding commitment to sport and recreation within our province