Ron C. Davis II Award

Ron C Davis II was a Senior Recreation Coordinator for the City of Seattle when he suffered a massive heart attack and died at the age of 41.  He worked as a true mentor, advocate, inspiration and community leader.  He was a champion for race and social justice, someone who was working toward a just world.  He inspired many as he left behind a legacy of community service, family dedication and a passion for learning.

The Ron C Davis II Award recognizes an individual for their unwavering commitment, leadership, passion, and contributions to the profession.  This award is meant for those individuals who work tirelessly to make a difference in people’s lives, without being in the spotlight, without significant acknowledgment, but with steadfast grace and passion.  This award is for an Unsung Hero.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years of service in the field of parks and recreation
  • Minimum of 5 years as a WRPA member

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate a consistent commitment to the field of parks and recreation, service to his or her community and assist in furthering the goals of WRPA. In addition, they have made contributions in many of the following areas:

  • Passion and commitment to the field of parks and recreation.
  • Someone who does a great job and refrains from claiming too much in return for his/her efforts.
  • Unassuming, often work behind the scenes to bring value to people’s lives.
  • Demonstrate a broader sense of community service both inside and outside of work, and has contributed significantly to their community.

Nomination Process

  • Complete the online nomination form, where you will be asked to provide the following information:
    • Contact information for nomination
    • Nominee’s name, title, organization, years they have been active in parks and recreation, and if they are a WRPA member
    • A brief summary of the nominee’s contributions to the field of parks and recreation.
    • A brief summary of the nominee’s service to their community.
    • Reasons why this person should be considered an unsung hero.
  • Email the following items to the WRPA office:
    • Nominee’s resume and/or a brief employment/volunteer history and a list of key professional accomplishments, focusing on impacting the broader community.
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • 2-3 high-resolution photos of the nominee