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The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) recognizes the dedication and achievements of recreation professionals and volunteers in Nunavut for their continuing efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and sport for all Nunavummiut.


The following Awards are presented to individuals to recognize their valued leadership contributions toward promoting recreation, leisure and healthy active lifestyles in their communities. Recipients are volunteers, professionals, involved citizens or youth. Recipients give their time, energy and commitment, developing relationships and partnerships, creating opportunities for recreation and healthy living. As well as, engaging and encouraging others to use open spaces and recreation facilities to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle

Youth Leadership Award

Presented to a volunteer or group of volunteers 24 years of age or younger to recognize outstanding achievements in the improvement of recreation/ leisure opportunities at the local level, including but not limited to, volunteer efforts over the last 12 months. The nominee’s achievements should promote the value and benefits of active living and support a healthier future for their community.


Baffinland Iron Mines Recreation Leader Award

The Baffinland Iron Mines Recreation Leader Award recognizes a recreation practitioner who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of recreation services and who promote the benefits of physical activity and recreation. This includes leaders, supervisors, program managers, recreation coordinators.

Canadian North Volunteer of the Year Award

The Canadian North President’s Award of Excellence is the most prestigious awards presented by RPAN and recognizes long term contributions to the Recreation Sector at the territorial, regional and/or local level. Presented to an individual for their “lasting” achievement that has enhanced the public image and improved the services of recreation. Their efforts have resulted in the continuation of quality and improved service, increased shared advocacy and promoted a strong belief in the benefits of recreation in our territory.


RPAN Golden Community Award

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The RPAN Golden Community Award is awarded to the communities that have participated in 100% of the RPAN programing initiatives for the fiscal year, as well as meeting all of the requirements such as attending all training (in person and by conference calls/video), accomplishing all mandator and voluntary tasks and reporting on all community programming.

In 2020 - 2021 three communities received the RPAN Golden Community Award:

  • Sanikiluaq

  • Taloyoak

  • Baker Lake

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