Recreation Awards

2011

LERN Programming Award 2011
Learning Resources Network (LERN) is an international association whose members actively promote lifelong learning. LERN members offer hundreds of exemplary programs annually; and share exceptional ideas for marketing, community service, brochure and web page designs. LERN members include leisure service departments, colleges, universities, businesses, charitable organizations, public schools and other learning institutions.

2011 LERN Award for Kitimat Leisure DepartmentThe Kitimat Leisure Services Department has been honored for excellence in Programming by LERN. The department was recognized for using our primary winter resource - snow - to create the Kitimat Rail Jam, an event for youth to showcase their freestyle skiing and snowboarding talent. This event is part of Kitimat's Winter Festival celebrations and requires  creating a snow hill in downtown Kitimat. Now entering its fourth year, the Rail Jam sells out easily as it draws competitors from around the region.

 

The District of Kitimat wishes to acknowledge the partners who contributed to the success of this event:

  • 101 Industries Ltd
  • Kitimat Chamber of Commerce
  • J. Oviatt Contracting Ltd., Shaun Oviatt (Daudet Creek Construction)
  • Bandstra Transportation
  • Fred's Equipment
  • Rayz Board Shop (Smithers)
  • Chance Healey
  • Shames Mountain
 
Marcy Rice, Riverlodge Programmer and Rail Jam coordinator, submitted the nomination. The award was presented at the regular meeting of District of Kitimat Council on January 16, 2012.  For further information about the Rail Jam please contact Marcy Rice at 250-632-8970

BCRPA Award of Merit 2011 Recipient


Joe Iannarelli

Joe Iannarelli was a true recreation practitioner who recognized the connection between a strong and diverse recreation department and a healthy community. Though he is being recognized posthumously for his dedication to recreation, his work lives on in the District of Kitimat through the many projects and initiatives he introduced and supported.

 


The legacy Joe leaves for his community includes Kitimat's Canada Day Celebration which draws upwards of 3,000 people from all around the Northwest each year, the Dragon Boat Festival, Hill Climb, Youth Rail Jam Competition and Kitimat Open Basketball Tournament, plus the creation of a fully accessible fishing spot along the Kitimat River for people with disabilities and the implementation of a riverbank usage system that reduces environmental impact on sensitive areas.

 


Joe was the driving force in getting youth involved in the development of the SK8 Park and encouraging them to take responsibility for it. He was also a strong advocate of the relocation of the Senior Centre to the Riverlodge Recreation Centre which gave seniors better access to the recreation facilities and increased the daytime usage of the rec centre. For his tireless efforts to promote recreation for people of all ages and abilities, the BCRPA proudly presents Joe Iannarelli with an Award of Merit.

 


 

Accepting the award are Joe Iannarelli Senior with Joe Iannarelli's daughters, Robyn and Jocelyn, and Leslie June (left), BCRPA President






What is the BCRPA Award of Merit 2011

Is presented in recognition for achievement at the Municipal, Regional, and/or Special Interest Area level. This achievement shall involve a significant distinct contribution to the enhancement of local Recreation & Parks, or a specific interest area.

Eligibility:

  • Individuals, organizations and corporations
  • Recreation/parks practitioners, involved citizens or representatives of related disciplines

Selection Guidelines:

  • Sustained and meritorious effort over many years in the enhancement of local Recreation & Parks.
  • Significant contribution to a broad range of Recreation & Parks services in a Community, Region or Special Interest Area.
  • Promotion of Recreation & Parks among consumers of Recreation services in the nominee's service area.
  • Initiation of a service or a method which is being widely utilized by other Recreation & Parks agencies at the Municipal, Regional, and/or Special Interest Area level

2010



British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Facility Excellence, Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre
Presented to the District of Kitimat Recreation Department for the modernization of the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre.

The award was received for the community involvement in the development of the project, features of the pool itself, green mechanical systems and the ability to serve such a broad range of ages and abilities within the community.




BCRPA PERC Award for Management Innovation and Ingenuity
Presented to the District of Kitimat Recreation Department for its work with Northern Health, Kitimat Health Unit in development of a protocol agreement between the two agencies.

The protocol agreement describes past successes of the partnership and provides a template for future engagement of the two organizations for the benefit of health and wellness for the residents of Kitimat.




Northern BC Builders Award for Community Institution, Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre
Presented to the District of Kitimat Recreation Department for the modernization of the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre

The award was presented for building architectural features, such as the large windows at the south end of the pool, green mechanical systems and the ability to service such a broad spectrum of Kitimat and surrounding populations.2010


2008


BCRPA Active Communities Excellence Award
Presented to the District of Kitimat Recreation Department for exemplary work in the field of health and wellness promotion in Kitimat. The award was received for work done with, Women's Wellness initiatives, Weekend Warrior, Senior fitness programming, Community outreach health and wellness promotion, community spirit walks and partnership building within the community


2007


Learning Educational Resource Network (LERN) Award for Programming Excellence
The LERN award was presented for the work the Recreation Department had carried out with Northern Health, Kitimat Health Unit, Women's Wellness and promotion Initiative. Highlights of this award included two women wellness days complete with health speakers, activity choices, healthy refreshments and even a fashion show. There were also numerous outreach programs that were carried out during this project as well.






BCRPA Programming Excellence Award
This BCRPA award was presented for the work the Recreation Department had carried out with Northern Health, Kitimat Health Unit, Women's Wellness and promotion Initiative. Award received for two women wellness days complete with health speakers, activity choices, healthy refreshments and even a fashion show. There were also numerous outreach programs that were carried out during this project as well.



Award for Program/Director of the Year 20072007 Program Director/Manager of the Year

Cori Boguski being presented 2007 BCRPA Fitness Program/Manager of the Year award by then Mayor Rick Wozney.

The Fitness Leadership awards are presented as recognition to BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to fitness leadership in the Community by motivating and influencing the active and under-active to commit to a physically active lifestyle. These awards recognize a professional commitment through community and industry involvement to the enhancement of fitness leadership in British Columbia.

Cori Boguski, has been a leader in this field for many years in Kitimat.  Cori in any given year is involved with setting up local and regional training opportunities and bringing in guest speakers, to ensure Kitimat's fitness leaders are highly trained and leading quality programs.

Cori, using the opportunity with the pool being closed for its retrofit developed new programming to capture the now displaced pool patrons.  Cori, using her connections in Kitimat, trained in-training walk and run leaders and developed the Kitimat Valley Walk Run Festival.  The inaugural event attracted over 100 people.  Working with Kick Up Kitimat Cori also developed active living campaigns for the whole community which is ongoing project.  Using the expertise of her fitness leaders and her ingenuity for programming Cori increased fitness participation by 30% at Riverlodge Recreation Centre in 2007.  Cori's ability to stay ahead of the trends and provide not only a variety, but quality in programming is second to none as was recognized with Cori receiving the BCRPA 2007 Fitness Program Director/Manager of the year award.

1996


BCRPA Facility Excellence Award
Presented for the work the Recreation Department on increasing fitness programming within the community. As a result the department saw an increase in fitness participants, with many of the programs on the cutting edge for fitness programming of the day.


1995

BCRPA Facility Excellence Award
Presented for the work the Recreation Department had accomplished in the area of general programming and special events. These programs included, dance and pottery classes, craft fairs and July 1st celebrations. Again providing citizens of Kitimat a variety of opportunities to become engaged in their community.