Bob Powell received the Professional Achievement award from Recreation Nova Scotia at their annual awards dinner on Oct. 13 at the Digby Pines.
Powell has been the manager of recreation in the Digby area since 2005 and was Bridgetown’s recreation direction for 19 years before that.
“Throughout his professional career, Bob has shown outstanding leadership qualities and is known to his colleagues and friends as being passionate about recreation and the value it bring to the individual, the family and the community,” says the biography in the event’s program.
“Bob knows the importance of finding balance, keeping things fun and the consistency with which you should approach every project. Through this career, he has always felt inclined to go that extra mile.”
Powell is the founding president of the Arena Managers Association, now known as the Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia. He is also a founding member of the Bridgetown Ciderfest, an annual September event.
Among Powell’s achievements was the work he did with the 2010 Men’s and Women’s Senior Curling Championship, the Valley Recreation Directors’ Association, the Valley Coaching conferences, the Nova Scotia Trails Conference, Digby Area softball, baseball and teeball and the Valley Senior games.
The professional achievement award goes to employees in the fields of parks, recreation or leisure who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and development of the profession. The award is intended to promote the values and benefits of recreation and leisure including volunteerism and inclusion.
Approximately 200 guests attended Recreation Nova Scotia’s 14 annual conference.
Jean Brittain, a Digby town councilor and chair of the Digby Area Recreation Commission emceed the event.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Camp reachAbility and Annapolis Society for Youth-Friendly Public Spaces were also honoured for their contributions to recreation in Nova Scotia.
Recreation Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization committed to providing programs and services that promote the values and benefits of recreation, to helping ensure that all Nova Scotians have access to quality recreation, and to helping build healthier communities through increased participation in recreation, sport and leisure activities.