The Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) awards were initiated to pay tribute to those exceptional individuals, organizations, facilities and communities who, through their efforts and skills, made outstanding contributions towards the betterment of the recreation movement in Nova Scotia.
Recreation Nova Scotia is now accepting nominations for the 2017 RNS awards in all award categories.
Sheree Fitch hosts the 2016 Recreation Nova Scotia Awards
Recreation Nova Scotia Award Categories
A for Adventure Receives the
the 2016 Innovation Award
May Flower Community Cooperation Award
This Award recognizes: the successful cooperation or collaboration of communities and/or municipalities in the development of new programs, policies, services or activities that result in healthier futures through active lifestyles.
Bluenose Achievement Award
This Award recognizes: an individual or community group that provides/supports activities and services that successfully achieves the values and benefits of recreation.
This Award recognizes: an organization, community or individual who has pioneered improved access and/or opportunities through innovative recreation programs, services, events and/or policies.
Natural Environment Award
This Award recognizes: an organization, community or individual who has created or improved access to nature infrastructure to encourage greater use by all Nova Scotians.
Professional Achievement Award
This Award recognizes: an individual who has demonstrated high achievement and dedication as a current or former recreation professional. Achievements demonstrate professionalism through mentorship, leadership and support while also showing a path of excellence for the next generation of recreation professionals.
Honourary Life Membership Award: RNS Highest Award
This Award recognizes: an individual, paid or volunteer, who has made outstanding, significant and consistent contributions to recreation in Nova Scotia for over 20 years, has left full time association with the field and is someone a community wishes to publicly acknowledge.
Contributions may be demonstrated by:
Leaving an impactful (long term and consistent) legacy
Serving RNS in leadership capacities
Being positively recognized by peers and /or community for their work
Bringing passion to their work
Recreation Nova Scotia’s Volunteer Award
This Award recognizes: an individual who has contributed significantly as a volunteer to Recreation Nova Scotia and made outstanding contributions towards furthering goals. There is an internal nomination process; (Please note RNS staff recommends a nominee to the board, reflecting staff’s unique perspective as witness to the efforts of RNS volunteers.)
President’s Award of Distinction
This Award recognizes: exceptional contributions or a long-term commitment to the advancement of recreation in Nova Scotia. The award can be presented to individuals, organizations, corporations or governments. There is no limit to the number of recipients that can be recognized each year. The Board can decide not to give out the award in any particular year. The award is used to profile a strategic contribution usually in a related sector such as public health, social policy, commercial enterprise or charitable efforts. (Please note, the President’s Award of Distinction is selected by the RNS Board of Directors and Recipients are determined through an internal process by the RNS Board of Directors.)
HIGH FIVE Award Categories
Donma White receives the 2016
HIGH FIVE Trainer Excellence Award
HIGH FIVE Nova Scotia Champion Award
The HIGH FIVE Nova Scotia Champion Award recognizes outstanding individuals who support and inspire the implementation and growth of HIGH FIVE. They act as an ambassador of HIGH FIVE and share the benefits of the standard with groups and individuals. The recipient will have fully embraced the HIGH FIVE Framework by incorporating HIGH FIVE Principles, Training, Evaluation Tools and Best Practices into their recreation services and program delivery. The recipient believes in a holistic approach to quality assurance and desires to promote the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children by supporting their participation in quality sport and recreation program, creating safe and welcoming environments, and by effectively communicating the HIGH FIVE messages.
HIGH FIVE Nova Scotia Trainer Excellence Award
Recognizes a HIGH FIVE trainer’s sustained commitment to HIGH FIVE training excellence and contribution to HIGH FIVE training development and quality delivery in Nova Scotia.
HIGH FIVE Nova Scotia Achievement Award
Recognizes an organization that has fully embraced the HIGH FIVE framework by incorporating HIGH FIVE principles, training, evaluation and best practices into its recreation service and program delivery.
Special thanks to our Awards Committee for selecting Award Recipients and their recent review of the awards process. Our Committee is comprised of:
Brendon Smithson, Active Living Consultant, NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Krista Dove, Recreation Area Coordinator, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Charlotte MacDonald, Recreation Area Coordinator, Cape Breton Regional Municipality