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IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference

The below awards are given at the annual IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference.

IAPD Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award recognizes up-and-coming board members who have completed a minimum of one year, but not more than six years of service as a board member (equivalent to one elected term.) The recipient of the Rising Star Award will have demonstrated exemplary performance in duties and responsibilities as a board member. This award will be presented Friday, January 20, 2017 during the All-Conference Luncheon at the annual IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference.

Mike Cassidy Commissioner Community Service Award
This annual award is presented to a commissioner whose volunteer service to his or her community emulates the vision and voluntary efforts demonstrated by long-time Freeport Park District commissioner Mike Cassidy, to improve the quality of life for those in his community. Recipients of the Commissioner Community Service Award will have demonstrated the highest example of community service and personal integrity. This award will be presented Friday, January 20, 2017 during the All-Conference Luncheon at the annual IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference.

Commissioner of the Year Award
The recipient of the Commissioner of the Year award will have shown outstanding qualities to support and promote parks, recreation and conservation in his or her community, as well as throughout the state. This award will be presented Friday, January 20, 2017 during the All-Conference Luncheon at the annual IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference.

IAPD Honored Professional Award
The IAPD Honored Professional Award is presented to a park, recreation, forest preserve or conservation professional who has worked closely with citizens and the Illinois Association of Park Districts to improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois. This award will be presented Friday, January 20, 2017 during the All-Conference Luncheon at the annual IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference.

Youth License Plate Award - Best Promotional Practices
Any park district, forest preserve, conservation or recreation agency that has shown insightful, creative ways to promote the Park District Youth License Plate through events, programs, etc. may apply for this award. (Example: "Flying 4 Kids” kite fly.) The Youth License Plate Award will be presented at the IAPD Annual Business Meeting Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference.

IAPD/IPRA Community Service Award
Community Service Awards can be awarded for recognition of ongoing support, outstanding contributions of time, money, services, volunteer work or the advancement of parks and recreation. Honorees might include a non-member employee, a group, an organization, an individual, an elected official, governing body, local business, church, or school district.
Community Service Awards are created for agency presentation on the local level.

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