Joe Iannarelli Honoured by the BCRPA

Richmond, BC (Friday, May 13, 2011) – Joe Iannarelli has been given a posthumous Award of Merit from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) for his work in the field of parks and recreation.

As Director of Recreation for the District of Kitimat, Joe Iannarelli was a tireless promoter of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. Though he is being recognized posthumously for his dedication to recreation, his work continues to impact the District through the many projects and initiatives he introduced and supported. The legacy Joe leaves for his community includes Kitimat's Canada Day Celebration, the Dragon Boat Festival, Hill Climb, Youth Rail Jam Competition and Kitimat Open Basketball Tournament. He also had a hand in 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 a true recreation practitioner who recognized the connection between a strong and diverse recreation department and a healthy community,” states BCRPA Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Allard Strutt. “We are proud to honour his efforts and the impact he has made in the District of Kitimat.”

Joe Iannarelli's father Joseph Iannarelli Sr. and Joe's two daughters Robyn and Jocelyn accepted the award on his behalf.

The Award of Merit recognizes achievement at the Municipal, Regional and Special Interest Area level that involves a significant, distinct contribution to the enhancement of local Recreation & Parks. The award was among several presented at BCRPA's Symposium today. The conference brings together members of the parks, recreation, physical activity and culture sector from around BC, including elected officials, volunteers, members of the business community and others. Richmond is the host community of this year's event.


The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association is a not for profit organization dedicated to building and sustaining active healthy lifestyles and communities in BC. Established in 1958, the Association is a central resource agency for members and stakeholders of the parks, recreation, physical activity and culture sector, providing leadership, training and support to help meet national, provincial and local priorities. Through a diverse network of partners and extensive programs and services, BCRPA actively advocates accessibility and inclusiveness to recreation and physical activity.

For more information:
Holly-Anne Burrows
Communications Manager, BCRPA
604-629-0965 ext 233