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Neenah Parks & Recreation Employee Awarded Prestigious Service Recognition Award

Dr. George Wilson Service Award
Laurie Olson - Neenah, WI

GREENDALE, WI - More than 500 recreation, park and therapeutic recreation professionals and advocates from throughout Wisconsin will gather at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay for the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association's 48th Annual Conference & Trade Show, "Igniting Team Spirit.”  The five-day event includes more than 70 educational sessions, pre-conference institutes, trade show with over 135 vendors, and leadership meetings featuring programs and speakers that addressed a number of pressing social issues including alternative funding sources for park and recreation operations, youth/senior programming, diagnostic protocols, supervisory and administrative techniques, and legislative issue updates.
On Thursday, November 7th delegates to the Conference will participate in a special Awards Banquet where Laurie Olson, Superintendent of Recreation for the City of Neenah for the past twenty-two years will be the recipient of the State Association's "Dr. George Wilson Service Award", the prestigious service recognition award given by the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association.
This long-time member of WPRA has distinguished the park and leisure service field with her active leadership and participation in local and state related organizations.
Laurie  has been an active member of WPRA for the past 18 years, serving in numerous leadership positions, including as a Board Member on both the Recreation and Aquatic Sections, Co-Chairperson of the Conference Committee, Region Representative on the State Association’s Board of Directors, and numerous committees and task forces. In 2012, she was awarded a “25 Year Service Recognition Award” by the state association for her commitment and leadership to the park and recreation industry.
Aside from her WPRA involvement, she has served on the Neenah-Menasha Best Friends as a Youth Mentor and Committee member, Volunteer Girls Volleyball and Basketball Coach, WIAA Volleyball Official, Member of the Neenah-Menasha Youth Coalition, Member of the Fox Valley Youth Obesity Coalition, and Founder of Renew the Slough community clean-up event.
WPRA is a statewide, non-profit service organization dedicated to extending the social, health, cultural and economic benefits of parks and recreation through its network of recreation/park professionals and civic leaders.  There are approximately 2,500 WPRA members who include state and local experts on recreation, urban planning, aquatics, at-risk-youth, therapeutic recreation services, and parkland development and services.
Steven J. Thompson, CPRP, CEO/Executive Director
Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association