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CRPA Award Winners

 

The CRPA Awards Program offers recreation professionals an opportunity to nominate those outstanding individuals who you believe deserve public acknowledgment for outstanding service in and around the field of parks and recreation.

Here are our past award winners.

Are you an Award winner and you are not on our list? E-mail alisonharle@crpa.com and tell us!

AWARDS

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
This is the most prestigious award that CRPA offers. To receive the Distinguished Service Award, the nominee shall be a CRPA member and an individual who has made outstanding contributions, over a significant number of years, to the recreation and/or parks field. Such contributions might be for outstanding leadership; committee work on a state or national level; outstanding service as a professional worker; research, promoting the profession; outstanding development of equipment, layout or design.

**This award was given prior to the Distinguished Service Award.

Distinguished Service Citation Award Winners**
Year Winner Year Winner
 
1966
James Herdic
2002
Paul Roche
1967

Robert Fitzgerald*

2004
Carol Cipriano
1968
Janet O’Loughlin
2005
Sal Cucia
1969
Clement Lemire
2006
Curt Vincente
1970
Joseph Trapasso*
2007
Emily Kissell
1971
James McCarthy
2008
C. Roger Moss
1972
Robert Donnelly*
1973
Mel Siebold
1974
William Kilcoyne
1975
Dorothy Mullen*
1976
Robert DeTore
1977
M.G. Sholtis
1978
R. Peter Ledger
1979
George Sanford*
1980
No Award
1981
No Award
1982
Robert Dlugolenski
1983
Harold Barenz
1984
Suzanne Harsanyi
1985
Christy Hass Dlugolenski
1986

Victor Jarm/ Ernest St. Jaques*

1987
Ellen O’Sullivan
1988
Myron Weiner
1989
Kathy Bartlett Spangler
1990
H. Clark Schroeder
1991
James Capodiece
1992
Charles Ramondo
1993
Robert Stanley
1994
Francis Keegan
1995
William DeMaio
1996
Rick Maynard
1997
Bruce Dinnie
1998
Fred Balet
1999
Bruce Till
2000

Heidi Martin

2001
Barbara Zakrzewski

SELECTED ORGANIZATION AWARD
Membership in CRPA is not required. The organization should have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the field of public recreation and parks, significant enough to have had a stimulating effect on recreation at a town, city, state or national level.

Year Winner
2006

The Essex Garden Club

2007
Hockanum River Watershed Association
2008

LTC Construction, New Britain

“ABCD” AWARD
Membership in CRPA is not required. The individual should have gone “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” by having made an outstanding contribution to the field of public recreation and parks, significant enough to have had a stimulating effect on recreation at a town, city, state or national level. This award is open to volunteers and part-time/seasonal, park or secretarial staff.

Year Winner
2005
Janet Presutti, East Hartford
2006

William Johnson, Guilford Parks and Recreation
George Simonian, Bloomfield Leisure Services Department

2007
James Procaccini, West Hartford
William O’Brien, Branford
2008

Maggie Winiarski, New Britain
Rosemary Miller, North Branford

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL AWARD
To receive the Outstanding Professional Award, the nominee shall be a CRPA member who has made outstanding contributions, over a period of 10 years or more, to the recreation and/or parks field.

Year Winner
1998

Wendy Rubin

2000
C. Roger Moss
2001
David Putnam
2002
Ray Favreau
2004
Mary Hill
2006
Karen Dinnie
2007
Bob Levine
2008
Patricia Tomasack

“R. PETER LEDGER” YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Nominee must be a member of CRPA who has served 10 years or less and is deserving of recognition for achievements and accomplishments in the parks and recreation profession. Winner of this award shall receive one thousand dollars to be used for continuing education purposes (ie.quarterly’s, conferences, training institutes, etc).

Year Winner
1984

Susan Cooper

1989
Sal Cucia
1990
Robin Collins
1993
Mike Moccaie
1994
C. Roger Moss
1995

Patty Tomasack

1996

Gina Cristalli (Marino)

1997
Curt Vincente
1998
Linda LaSance
1999
Paul Norris
2000
Robyne Brennan
2001

Mary McGuirk (Knox)

2002

Christopher J. Silver

2003
 
2004
Jason Cohen
2005
Jason Krueger
2006

Erik Barbieri

2007

Anna Park

2008
Deborah Gatto

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION AWARD
Nominee must be a member of CRPA who has served a minimum of 10 years and is deserving of recognition for dedication and commitment in the field of therapeutic recreation or related field.

Year Winner
2002
Eileen Chicheeses
2008

Michelle Tavano

YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD
For teenage student(s) who has/have demonstrated outstanding leadership in programs for teens or related activities.

Year Winner
1992
Christopher J. Silver
2006

Dominique Medina

2008

Julia Leonard, Groton


FACILITY OF MERIT AWARD (NEW)
This award will be given to a department who has developed or renovated an exceptional facility within the last 2 years. The director of the department must be a current CRPA member.

Year Winner
2008 Tircentenial Playground, Groton, CT

DOROTHY G. MULLEN / CRPA SCHOLARSHIP $500.00
GEORGE SANFORD / CRPA SCHOLARSHIP $500.00

The Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association has established the Dorothy Mullen and George Sanford CRPA Scholarships to provide assistance to students majoring in recreation and/or park education. For an application or information on how to apply for either of these scholarships contact:

Year Winner

1983

Curt Vincente
2007
Matt Mitchell
2008

 Amanda Pindar , SCSU

   

CRPA REC'ER AWARD
What is the CRPA Rec’er you ask? It is a small yellow tow truck that is awarded to a
department to honor them for the year. Each year the “Rec’er” is presented to an individual or department. Over time, this “Rec’er” will become a symbol of your involvement in CRPA
and your desire to strive towards excellence in the field. The “Rec’er” will be displayed in your
department to let your community know of your involvement with state recreation and leisure
services. It may also be displayed at functions where CRPA is represented, such as the flower
show, kids fair, fishing derby, etc.

Year Winner
1994

Redding

1995

New Britain

1996 Hartford
1997 Norwalk
1998 Brookfield
1999 South Windsor
2000 East Hampton
2001

Madison

2002

East Hampton

2003

Groton

2004

New London

2005

Manchester

2006

Winding Trails

2007 Groton
2008 Glastonbury

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

In the past awarded to members by the executive Board. As of 2007 the following criteria is held for lifetime members:

Member

Richard Bartlem

Raymond Berte

Sean DeRosa

Robert Dlugolenski, CPRP

Robert Donnelly*

John English*

Robert Fitzgerald

Nicholas Foran*

Waldo Hainsworth*

Suzanne Harsanyi

James Herdic

Victor Jarm

Richard Jordan

R. Peter Ledger

Clement Lemire

Fred Mandeville*

Karen B. Miller

Herbert Moran

Fred Nutter

Maurice O’Brien*

Janet O’Loughlin*

William Pitkin*

George Sanford*

Ernest St. Jaques*

Kathy J. Spangler

Richard Tappley

Joseph Trapasso*

Myron Weiner

Fred Wilson

Carol Cipriano

Barbara Kasbarian
Don MacInnis

Do you know where some of these members are? Want to stay in touch send us an e-mail to: info@crpa.com

CRPA PAST PRESIDENTS

Year President
1950 James Stevens*
1951

Robert Schult*

1952 George Anger*
1953 Wilbur Hemmerly*
1954

Fred Wilson

1955 Jack English*
1956

William Derwin*

1957

Robert Donnelly*

1958 Fred Mandeville*
1959 James Herdic
1960

Joseph Trapasso*

1961 Robert Fitzgerald*
1962 Clement Lemire
1963 Ernest St. Jaques*
1964 Raymond Berte
1965

Dorothy Mullen*

1966 William Pitkin
1967 George Twine
1968 Janet O’Loughlin
1969 James McCarthy
1970 Harold Barenz
1971 R. Peter Ledger
1972 William Kilcoyne
1973

Robert Tingley*

1974 Edward Austin
1975 Mel Siebold
1976 Robert DeTore
1977

Robert Dlugolenski

1978 Paul Roche
1979 Suzanne Harsanyi
1980

H. Clark Schroeder

1981 Christy Hass Dlugolenski
1982 Richard Bartlem
1983 Robert Kelly
1984

Robert Stanley

1985 William DeMaio
1986

Rick Maynard

1987

Sue Cooper

1988 Jim Capodiece
1989 Sal Cucia
1990 Bruce Dinnie
1991

Heidi Martin

1992 Curt Vincente
1993 Jim Uhrig
1994 Barbara Zakrzewski
1995

C. Roger Moss

1996 Patricia Tomascak
1997

Kathleen Lilley

1998 C. Roger Moss
1999

Linda LaSance

2000 David Putnam
2001-2003 Raymond Favreau
2002-2004 Robyne L. Brennan
2004-2006 R. Paul Norris
2007-2009 John Silsby
   
   
   
   







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