Florence B. Wager Awards
In recognition of the impact and influence her leadership has had in our community, the Parks Foundation of Clark County proudly presents the Florence B. Wager Award. The award honors leaders, volunteers, and parks and recreation professionals who, through their actions, influence, and example, have had a significant impact in the development and enhancement of the parks, trails, and recreation programs of Clark County. The award’s namesake, Florence B. Wager, exemplified this level of service in this community for decades.
Award recipients will be honored at the June 3, 2014 Annual Luncheon.
The Leading Eagle Award recognizes a community leader who has led initiatives that have significantly influenced the life, health, and direction of our parks, trails, and recreation programs.
2014 Leading Eagle recipients:
Lloyd Halverson is a passionate advocate for the creation of livable communities through parks, trails, and open spaces. During his 24 year tenure as Administrator for the City of Camas, the City grew from 355 acres of parks and open spaces to 1,562 acres with 13 developed city parks and 22 miles of trails.
Through the addition of community gems including Fallen Leaf Lake, the Washougal River Greenway and Trail, the Lacamas Heritage Trail, the Lacamas Lake Boat Launch, and the recently opened Lacamas Lake Lodge, Lloyd’s commitment and dedication have provided a long term and lasting impact upon our community.
Though technically “retired,” Lloyd remains actively involved in parks, and is currently in process of reviewing the draft update to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Comprehensive Plan.
Known as the driving force in designing and developing popular trails throughout Clark County, Kelly Punteney’s visionary talents, passion, and efforts have provided a legacy of parks and trails that define Clark County as a community where access to the outdoors is just a step away. During his 36 year career with the City of Vancouver, Punteney was involved in major trail projects including the Columbia River trail, Chelatchie Prairie Rail and Trail, Discovery Loop Trail, Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway and Trail, and Frenchman’s Bar Trail.
“Other people may retire, but not Kelly Punteney,” said Florence Wager. “If anything, he is busier than ever and he brings his knowledge of history in the county and his own vision for which the city and county should be grateful.” Kelly, who has served as a parks commissioner at both the County and State level, is currently focused on renovation of the six acre Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum on the Old Evergreen Highway. His plans include the addition of vignette gardens, restored native landscapes, a homestead community garden, a plaza and gazebo, and restoration of the historic Stanger house.
The V-Formation Flyer Award recognizes the spirited volunteer whose dedication goes above and beyond the norm, unhesitatingly giving of their time and resources to organize, develop, or enhance the parks, trails, and recreation programs in our community.
2014 V-Formation Flyer Recipient:
When Barbara Anderson was elected to the North Salmon Creek Neighborhood Association she hit the ground running and never looked back. As a leader, she motivates, inspires, and engages others in forging innovative partnerships, volunteering, fundraising, and advocating for community parks, trails, and recreation programs and was a leader in advocating for the new Chinook Neighborhood Park that’s about to be built. “Her enthusiasm and passion for parks and recreation program is truly amazing,” says Dr. Milada Allen. “Her volunteer work, efforts, and leadership will benefit our community for generations to come.” Barbara’s energy and enthusiasm are currently focused on planning and fundraising for future construction of a community center in unincorporated Clark County. The future community center will provide healthy recreation programs and improve the quality of life for citizens in Clark County.
The Tributary Award recognizes a parks and recreation professional who has gone above and beyond their daily duties in developing or enhancing innovative programs that connect the public to parks and recreation in new ways, creating new efficiencies to ease cost burdens, or securing/developing new grant sources or revenue concepts.
2014 Tributary Award Recipient:
Suzanne Grover’s love for her community and fellow citizens drives her inspiration and devotion to Washougal parks and trails. Suzanne consistently works well beyond her normal 40 hour work week, organizing volunteer plantings, trail building, and cleanup efforts. Always the first to arrive and the last to leave, Suzanne works tirelessly and enthusiastically alongside volunteers coaching them and sharing her incredible knowledge of landscaping and plantings. “Suzanne Grover is a woman with an amazing ability to make our Washougal parks user friendly, appealing and imaginative,” said Joyce Lindsay, Washougal City Councilmember. “I admire her dedication to our community for all she does. Her commitment is our greatest asset.” Suzanne’s relentless pursuit of grants and funding has netted the City of Washougal nearly $700,000 towards the acquisition of additional parks and open spaces over the last five years.