How to Apply


The Basics

PRO Awards of Excellence, HIGH FIVE Awards and Academic Awards
Online applications only
Deadline: 11:59 pm November 26, 2018
Presented at the 2019 PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show

The Nominator must be a current member of Parks and Recreation Ontario.

Only online applications will be accepted.

Please have your information ready before you begin the application. Responses to the online application cannot be saved for later completion. We strongly recommend drafting your responses in a separate document first and only completing this form when the entire application is ready for submission. You can find a copy of the application questions below.

Application information can be cut and pasted into the online application. The length of the information that can be copied is noted on the information page for each application.

Up to 16 documents can be attached to the application. Individual documents must be less than 16MB and be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .png, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif

To retain a copy of the application, print it prior to submission.

More than one application can be made by the same Nominator.

The review team ranks based on information provided for each question. If no information is available for a question, the review team is unable to rank in that area.


Please read the following criteria and requirements carefully before proceeding to the online application. The online application must be completed in one sitting. You can also download a copy of the printable Awards brochure. 


Award criteria and application requirements

Award of Excellence: Recreational Facility (non-aquatic) or Park Design 
Categories for communities under 30,000 pop. and over 30,000 pop.

This award is presented for completed projects that demonstrate excellence in the design for recreational facilities and parks intended for public use. Excellence is evident in the way in which the need for the park or facility was determined and how the design responded to that community need. The design is a model that promotes uniqueness, innovation, creativity and displays a high degree of design quality for recreation usage. Both new builds and retrofits qualify for this award. 

Application Requirements

Contact information for the Nominator.

Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual/group including the correct name and spelling to be included on the plaque.

A brief description of the project (max 400 words).

How the need for the project design was determined (max 200 words).

How the design specifically responded to that need (max 200 words).

The nominated project should reflect innovation, creativity and quality in its design for recreation use. Describe specific examples of how the project does this (max 400 words).

Excellence is that which is considered quality, superior, and with distinction as compared to others, and which is over and over the norm in industry standard. Specifically, state how this project is distinct as compared to other similar projects (max 200 words). 

Specifically, state how the project reflects excellence and goes above and beyond the industry standard (max 200 words).

Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).

Up to 16 attachments that specifically support the application questions and letters of support from user groups, stakeholders, etc.

 

Award of Excellence: Operations
Categories for communities under 30,000 pop. and over 30,000 pop.

Within the park or facility, a multitude of activities occur including programs, special events, marketing, evaluation, research, human resource management and more. This award serves to recognize excellence in one of the many aspects of daily, short- and long-term operations which serve to more efficiently and effectively meet a community’s needs.


Application Requirements

Contact information for the Nominator.

Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual/group including the correct name and spelling to be included on the plaque.

The general nature of the activity (daily, weekly, short-term, long-term, other).

A brief description of the activity (max 400 words). 

How the need for the activity was determined (max 200 words).

How the activity specifically responded to that need (max 200 words).

How the activity has specifically more efficiently and effectively served the community’s needs (max 200 words).
Excellence is that which is considered quality, superior, and with distinction as compared to others, and which is over and over the norm in industry standard. Specifically, state how this activity is distinct as compared to other similar projects (max 200 words).
Specifically, state how the activity reflects excellence and goes above and beyond the industry standard (max 200 words).
Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).
Up to 16 attachments that specifically support the application questions and letters of support from user groups, stakeholders, etc.

Award of Excellence: Access and Equity
Categories for communities under 30,000 pop. and over 30,000 pop.

The Affordable Access to Recreation Policy Framework was endorsed by Parks and Recreation Ontario and is being used by communities to enhance equitable access to recreation. This award recognizes individuals, groups, organizations and/or municipalities that have embraced the vision and objectives of the Framework and/or those individuals that are champions and advocates for affordable access to parks and recreation services.  Improving access to recreation for marginalized populations through policy, programs/services, partnerships, infrastructure and/or funding is a proven and tangible outcome for award recipients. Marginalized populations would include persons with disabilities, varying cultures, First Nations, the LGBTQ2 community and any other groups as defined but not limited to the human rights legislation. 


Application Requirements
Contact information for the Nominator.
Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual/group including the correct name and spelling to be included on the plaque.
A brief description of the access and equity approach or advocacy efforts (max 400 words). 
How the need for the access and equity or advocacy approach was determined (max 200 words).
How the initiative or approach specifically responded to that need (max 200 words).
How the approach specifically supports the Affordable Access to Recreation Policy Framework and or advocates for increased access and equity (max 200 words).
Proven and tangible outcomes that have been experienced by the community and/or individual citizens because of this approach (max 300 words).
Excellence is that which is considered quality, superior, and with distinction as compared to others, and which is over and over the norm in industry standard. Specifically, state how the initiative or approach is distinct as compared to other similar projects (max 200 words).
Describe how specifically the approach reflects excellence and goes above and beyond the industry standard (max 200 words).
Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).
Up to 16 attachments that specifically support the application questions and letters of support from user groups, stakeholders, etc.


Award of Excellence: Emerging Leader
Categories for communities under 30,000 pop. and over 30,000 pop.

This award recognizes the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of a professional in the early stages of their career as a leader, instructor, supervisor, administrator, consultant, or a combination of these in the field of parks and recreation. Applicants must have a minimum of five and maximum of ten years full-time employment in the sector and may apply at any stage in life. The candidate will have the qualities and skills needed to hold a leadership position in the public, private or not-for-profit sector.

Application Requirements

Contact information for the Nominator.

Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual including the correct name and spelling to be included on the plaque.

The dates and locations of employment and confirmation of current employment. 

The outstanding achievements and accomplishments the Emerging Leader has made in his/her workplace and/or community (max 400 words).

A summary of the nominee’s proven ability or potential to hold a leadership position in the parks and recreation sector (max 200 words).

Excellence is that which is considered quality, superior, and with distinction as compared to others, and which is over and over the norm in industry standard. Specifically, state how this individual is distinct as compared to others working in the sector (max 200 words).

How this individual specifically reflects excellence in their work and goes above and beyond the industry expectations (max 200 words).

Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).

Up to 16 attachments that specifically support the application questions and letters of support from employers or clients, including a letter from the nominee's current supervisor/employer.



HIGH FIVE® Awards

The HIGH FIVE awards celebrate the work done by individuals and organizations that go above and beyond to help children have positive experiences in extracurricular programs. These awards are presented annually at the PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show. Applicants for HIGH FIVE Awards must be nominated by a PRO Member. There are 2 two categories within each award, representing communities with populations under and over 30,000.

HIGH FIVE® Champion Award for Individuals
Categories for communities under 30,000 pop. and over 30,000 pop.

The HIGH FIVE Champion Award is presented to an individual who has shown exceptional dedication to the HIGH FIVE principles, and who has inspired and supported their implementation. The Award recognizes the impact of the individual’s work and honours their commitment to ensuring the well-being of children. Applications and nominations should demonstrate the superior achievements of the individual in all four areas of the HIGH FIVE framework: training and development; program assessment; policies and procedures; and awareness.

Application Requirements

Contact information for the Nominator.

Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual including the correct name and spelling to be included on the plaque.

How the nominee has used HIGH FIVE to help ensure children are having positive experiences in programs within their environment (max 400 words).

How the nominee has had an effect on every level of the organization through all four
components of the HIGH FIVE Quality Framework (max400 words).

How the nominee provides a leadership role in helping to ensure the HIGH FIVE standard is part of the culture of the organization by intentionally using and integrating HIGH FIVE within other initiatives, workshops, programs offered by the organization (max 200 words).

How the nominee’s contribution sets a standard that encourages others to follow (max 200 words).

Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).

Up to 16 attachments that specifically support the application questions and letters of support from clients, user groups, and/or parents.




HIGH FIVE Champion Award for Organizations
Categories for communities under 30,000 pop. and over 30,000 pop.

The HIGH FIVE Champion Award recognizes organizations that are implementing the HIGH FIVE Quality Standard in a unique and innovative way. The Award honours their dedication to children’s health and their efforts to ensure quality programming. Applications and nominations should demonstrate how HIGH FIVE has been implemented at all levels of the organization, demonstrating a cultural shift and child-focused approach to developing and delivering children’s programs.

Application Requirements

Contact information for the Nominator.

Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual including the correct name and spelling to be included on the plaque.

How the nominee has implemented HIGH FIVE Quality Standard in a unique and innovative way (max 400 words). Innovative is defined as something new or different, something that has been changed, and/or something that is more efficient or economical.

How the nominee has changed their organization's corporate culture into a child focused
cooperative (max 400 words).

How the nominee’s innovation or contribution sets a standard that encourages others to follow (max 400 words).

Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).

Up to 16 attachments that specifically support the application questions and letters of support from user groups, clients, those who have taken the training, etc.


Bob Secord Student Leadership Award
Established in honour of the late Bob Secord, known to the sector as “Mr. Recreation,” PRO recognizes one college and one university student enrolled in their final year of full-time or part-time study in a recreation-related course of study. Recipients will have demonstrated positive attributes and leadership skills in the parks and recreation sector through their academic, employment, voluntary pursuits and/or involvement with PRO. Recipients receive a full registration to the 2019 PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show and a complimentary one-year PRO membership.

Application Requirements

Students must be nominated by a placement supervisor or faculty member.

Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual including the correct name and spelling to be included on the plaque.

The course of study enrolled in (full or part-time), dates of enrolment, the program and institution.

The demonstrated positive attributes and leadership skills the nominee has shown in their:

academic/educational setting (max 200 words)

employment setting (if applicable) (max 200 words)

volunteer or placement setting (max. 200 words)

involvement with PRO (if applicable) (max. 200 words)

A current resume.

The most recent academic transcripts.

A letter of support from a placement supervisor and a faculty member.

Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).

Up to 16 additional attachments that specifically support the application questions (e.g. letters of reference, samples of leadership skills, etc).


Hugh Clydesdale Bursary
This annual monetary bursary is awarded to a promising female parks and recreation post-secondary or post-graduate student or practitioner in Ontario to pursue professional development or their education. This Bursary is funded by the City of Toronto: Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

Application Requirements

Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual including the correct name and spelling to be included on the plaque.

The nominee’s status (Post-secondary Student, Post-graduate Student, Full-time Employed Professional).

The nominee’s current role and how they have contributed to the field of recreation either as a student or as a full-time staff member (max 400 words).

The professional development opportunity or continuing education program the nominee plans on taking (e.g. name of program, program delivery agent (company or educational institution), date of program).

How the planned professional development or continuing education will help the nominee in their current role and/or position them for career advancement, and details on the nominees future career plans and how they can carry them out based on their degree and educational goals  (max 400 words).

A letter of support from employer or faculty member.

Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).

Up to 16 additional attachments that specifically support the application questions (e.g. letters of reference from placement supervisor, employers, etc).




Leaders of Tomorrow Certificate
Any Ontario post-secondary institution offering programs related to recreation, parks, and/or leisure is eligible to nominate one student per year who has contributed to recreation and/or parks services through academic studies and through school and community involvement. Faculty members are encouraged to present the recipient student with their Certificate and their one-year PRO membership at an appropriate event at their college or university.

Application Requirements

Contact information for the Nominator.

Complete contact information regarding the nominated individual including the correct name and spelling to be included on the certificate.

A brief description of the student's performance in the following areas:

academics (max 200 words)

in class and with classmates (max 200 words)

in the community (e.g. volunteer placement or work) (max 200 words)

When and at what event the Certificate will be presented (if known).

A letter of support from a faculty member.

Any additional information to support the application (max 200 words).

Up to 16 additional attachments that specifically support the application questions (e.g. letters of reference from placement supervisors, etc).