Awards & Scholarships: 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.

Every October these awards are presented during the ARPA and Energize Conference. The Recreation Volunteer Recognition Award began in 1977 and over 209 volunteer leaders have since been recognized.

Nominations for 2017 are now closed.

Nomination Criteria



  • The Alberta Culture and Tourism Energize Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the completed nomination submissions and evaluating them according to an established scoring criteria.
  • Four award nominees are recommended to the Minister of Culture and Tourism.
  • Once approved, a letter from the Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism notifies each of the award winners* and invites them to receive their award at the ARPA/Energize Conference and Awards Banquet, which takes place annually in October.

*Award recipients' travel and related expenses to attend the conference and awards banquet are covered, and they receive a plaque recognizing their achievement. A press release is coordinated following the conference.

Past Recipients

If you need technical support applying for this award, or have other questions, please contact Alyssa Watson at