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 and Energize Conference.

The Recreation Volunteer Recognition Award began in 1977 and over 213 volunteer leaders have since been recognized.

If you need technical support applying for this award, or have other questions, please contact Alyssa Watson.

Application deadline: Nominations for the 2016 Recreation Volunteer Recognition Awards are now closed. Details about the 2017 awards will be posted in Spring 2017.
Nomination Criteria



  • 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.

(*Award recipients' travel and related expenses to attend the conference and awards banquet are covered, and they receive a plaque recognizing their achievement. A press release is coordinated following the conference.)

For questions, contact: Alyssa Watson
Community Recreation Liaison
Alberta Culture and Tourism
Recreation and Physical Activity Division
Telephone: (780) 643-9487
Email: Alyssa Watson

Last reviewed/revised: August 11, 2016
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