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June 5, 2019, 11:54 am

Central Okanagan Regional District's Director of Parks Services Receives Prestigious Award

Central Okanagan Regional District

KELOWNA - The Regional District of Central Okanagan Director of Parks Services has received the highest honour from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA).

At the recent BC Parks and Recreation Annual conference in Whistler, Murray Kopp was presented with the CPRA Presidents Award of Distinction from Executive Director C.J. Noble.

The Award recognizes Murray’s long-term service and commitment to the Canadian parks and recreation community.   He was President of the BC Parks and Recreation Association in 2012, served on the BCPRA Board and since 2011 has been leading the discussion and planning of the first Parks Summit in 2016 and leant his vision to the development of the National Framework for Recreation in Canada.  As well, Murray’s chaired the CPRA Parks Task Group contributing to creation of the innovative ‘Parks for All – An Action Plan for Canada’s Parks Community’. In 2017, he was appointed to the National Steering Committee for the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative which will see an at least a seven per cent increase in the amount of terrestrial parkland protected in Canada by 2020.
In receiving the President’s Award, Kopp thanked the Regional District for supporting his involvement in a wide variety of local government focused National and Provincial parks and recreation projects and initiatives.  He also expressed gratitude to his RDCO colleagues and past and current Regional District Boards for their commitment and support in building a world class system of regional parks in the Central Okanagan.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has 30 regional and 20 community parks protecting over 2,100 hectares for the enjoyment of all Central Okanagan residents.  For more information visit

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