Awards & Scholarships: Overview

Recognizing Recreation and Parks Excellence

Alberta's recreation and parks community has developed awards and scholarships that honour the leadership of its communities, organizations, volunteers, professionals and the businesses. These awards acknowledge outstanding contributions to community building that advance the values and beliefs of not only ARPA, but also the Recreation for Life Foundation, the Ministry, and other partners. Nominate to inspire and celebrate excellence in your community!

All awards have an online, stream-lined nomination process. Visit the specific award categories to apply. Thank you to those who nominated in 2019. Applications are now closed, reopening spring 2020.

Awards Category Description Application Deadline
ARPA Awards The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association's awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, groups, agencies and communities whose contributions to recreation and parks have greatly enhanced the quality of life of Albertans. Now closed
ARPA Scholarships ARPA is committed to the development of the recreation and parks sector's budding practitioners, offering three scholarships to post-secondary students enrolled in recreation and parks-related programs. Now closed
Lieutenant Governor's Awards  The Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership for Active Communities Awards recognize the achievements of the groups and individuals who are leading their communities in strategic change that increases citizen participation in active living, recreation and sport resulting in healthier people and communities. Now closed
Alberta 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.

Now closed
Communities ChooseWell Awards Program-specific awards. Follow the link to the ChooseWell section of the website.


Communities in Bloom Awards Program-specific awards. Follow the link to the CiB section of the website.       --