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In 1987 the Recreation Committee felt there was a major gap in the Achievement Awards Program. Individuals who may not have won a provincial, national or international event but have made a major contribution to our community in the areas of recreation, culture or social services were not being recognized. On March 10, 1987, they made a motion “that the City establish an award recognizing citizens who made an outstanding contribution to the City in a volunteer capacity. This award be named after George Repka who himself has made a significant contribution in terms of time and effort to the City."
George Repka was the first Mayor elected after Grande Prairie received City status. George was elected on October 15, 1958 and served as Mayor until 1969.
George Repka believed that all citizens had a duty to contribute and make their voice heard. During his time as Mayor, Grande Prairie’s streets were paved, sidewalks were installed, a new City Hall was built as well as the Water Treatment Plant on the Wapiti River. A Preventive Social Service unit was established and the City owned Industrial Park was developed. He believed Grande Prairie was the "land of opportunity". George also served as President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and in 1985 they awarded him an Award of Excellence.
Download the nomination form and view the submission details:
Deadlines for nominations is October 1st of each year, for the current year.
Previous award winners have included:
2015 - Ian Kay
2015 - Dr. Curtis Smith
2012 - Jim & Sharon Brooks
2011 - Dan Gorman
2009 - Lynne & Donna Coulter and Jerry Petryshyn
2008 - Gordon & Hazel Bloomfield and Travis McNally
2006 - Leigh Goldie
2005 - Wally Stokes and Linda Smith
2002 - Ray & Joan Joberty and Dale Williams
2000 - Oscar Blais (late), Bea Collins, Sister Alice Goulet
1999 - Doreen Latham
1998 – Mike Townsend & Bob Normandeau
1996 – Steve Cooper
1995 – Doreen MacDonell and Kathy Harper
1994 – Marv Bird and Patricia Larter
1992 – Jennie Tetreau
1991 – Bill and Margaret Bowes
1989 – Ernie Radbourne
1988 – Isabelle Campbell and Doug Clarkson
1987 – Perky McCullough and Roy Borstad
The award was not given out in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2014 and was declined by the recipients in 1990
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