Scholarships

Leaders of Recreation

The Leaders of Recreation Scholarship was developed to honour members of the Parks and Recreation profession who have made outstanding impacts in their field of choice. Two scholarships are available:

  • William and Vivian Webster Scholarship
  • Wendy McCormick Scholarship

Scholarship Objective

To ensure future quality leadership by providing financial support to emerging leaders enrolled in recreation related studies through British Columbia. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 towards tuition costs.

Eligibility

British Columbia students enrolled in post-secondary programs focused on the Parks and Recreation field including health promotion, environment protection, arts and cultural services, parks and recreation leadership and management.

Submission Requirements

  1. Applicant’s resume (maximum 2 pages) demonstrating capabilities and work/volunteer experience in parks and/or recreation
  2. Applicant’s cover letter indicating understanding and commitment to the National Framework of Recreation priority goals
  3. A written submission (maximum 500) of the applicant’s commitment to the field of parks and recreation, linking to the National Framework
  4. A letter of reference from a recreation professional in a leadership role

Intake

Applications will be accepted up to March 31, 2021. Successful applicants will receive notification by May 31, 2021.

About Our Leaders

WILLIAM AND VIVIAN WEBSTER SCHOLARSHIP

Bill Webster worked as a parks and recreation administrator for nearly 50 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors in British Columbia and across Canada. He was a respected educator, mentor and fundraiser during his career. Bill was the former President and Executive Director of the BCRPA and was a founding member of the Recreation Foundation of BC. He was a graduate of the University of Oregon and served on the Pacific Northwest Council of the NRPA and the American Parks and Recreation Society. He was a recipient of the Professional Award from the Pacific Northwest Council of the NRPA, the Citation of Outstanding Achievement from the BCRPA, and the BCRPA Honorary Life Member recognition. Bill leaves a rich legacy as one who shaped the leadership of the Parks and Recreation field.

Vivian Webster volunteered untold hours to the Recreation Foundation of BC as she worked along side of Bill to provide him with the logistical support he needed to manage the inner workings of the Foundation. Vivian was a major contributor in coordinating the Foundations fundraising events, assisting with all the details that needed to be looked after to allow the Foundation Board, Sponsors, and event participants to have their greatest success.

Together Bill and Vivian were the dynamic duo who from the Foundations inception had the vision and energy to work with countless volunteers and organizations to carry the Recreation Foundation of BC to significant success for nearly 3 decades.

WENDY MCCORMICK SCHOLARSHIP

As a leader in the field of Recreation for over 35 years, Wendy McCormick worked with unmatched tenacity to provide programming and opportunities for all members of the communities she led. She played countless, significant roles in the lives of others in her personal and professional life, especially as a fierce advocate for access to recreation and a mentor to many in her field. Nearly 30 of her 35 years in Recreation were dedicated to serving her hometown (District of Mission) where she began her career in Aquatics; her passion for Aquatics never waned, even as her portfolio and responsibilities grew exponentially.

Wendy was on the Board of Directors of the Recreation Foundation of British Columbia for over 25 years. She was a mother, a sister, a partner, a friend, a mentor, a leader, an athlete, a changemaker and more. The world, and especially the field of Recreation, is a better place having had Wendy McCormick.