The IPRA Professional of the Year Award is presented to a current Illinois park and recreation professional who has made a significant impact or achievement in the field of parks and recreation and / or the community in which they serve. Current IPRA Board of Directors are not eligible to receive the Professional of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted August 1 - November 11, 2022.

Professional of the Year Award Criteria:

  1. Current IPRA Member.

  2. Served a minimum of eight (8) years as a full-time professional in the field of parks and recreation.

  3. Served IPRA as an officer for the Board of Directors, Membership Council, section board, or committee.

  4. Certified Professional (CPRE, CPRP, CTRS, CPA, SHRM or equivalent in area of expertise requiring CEUs).

  5. Has made a significant achievement for their agency or through involvement within their community.

  6. Current IPRA Board of Directors’ are not eligible to receive IPRA professional recognition awards.

Selection Process & Timeline:

  1. Upon completion of the application, email confirmation sent to IPRA and nominator.

  2. After November 11th deadline, IPRA sends nominations to the Awards & Recognition Committee for review.

  3. Winners will be communicated back to IPRA first week of December.

  4. IPRA will contact winner's nominator and agency with results the second week of December.

  5. Request for additional information (from winner's agency) for presentation at the Awards Luncheon at the Soaring to New Heights Conference.