Joe Dukowski Memorial Bursary
This memorial bursary is named in honor of the first Secretary-Treasurer (1950-51) and also the longest serving President of the Association. He served as the second President (1951-1957) and then again as the fourteenth President (1968-1969) of the Association. Joe served as the Manager of the Victoria Memorial Arena for a period of time and then later served as the Manager of the Sports Centre in Coquitlam.
Denis Leclerc is a Past President of the Association who worked as a younger guy for Joe in Coquitlam. Denis described him in positive terms as an “old school” and hands on manager. He worked very well with the staff while being firm and fair in his dealings with them. In addition, he was willing to jump in and help out when things got busy in the concession and lounge areas during major special events like curling bonspiels.
Joe sadly passed away in 1981.
The bursary was started in 1981 for students in the Recreation Facilities Management Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, BC and subsequently transferred to Vancouver Community College when the program was moved there in 1986. It is currently presented annually to a student enrolled in the Recreation Leadership Diploma Program at Langara College in Vancouver, BC.
The conditions of the award are:
The full-time graduating student enrolled in the fourth term of the program must have demonstrated to the Department faculty members a talent for and an interest in recreation facilities’ operation, as well as a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the field. The student must also demonstrate attributes of a diligent self-starter who works hard to accomplish goals that benefit others.
The award is a cash bursary of $500.00. In addition, the student will receive an honorarium of up to $250.00 for travel expenses to assist in attending the annual RFABC Conference. The student must attend the conference in order to receive the honorarium and receipts for their travel expenses must be presented to the RFABC Executive Director prior to a reimbursement being made. The conference host community will provide accommodation and meals (billets) for the student during the conference.
|1994||Kim Hilton||Langara College|
|1995||Julie Freund||Langara College|
|1996||Marian Gardner||Langara College|
|1997||Sonja Boston||Langara College|
|1998||Cheryl Kensick||Langara College|
|1999||Lesley Sharp||Langara College|
|2000||Victoria Murphy||Langara College|
|2001||Grant Rice||Langara College|
|2002||Monica McGinley||Langara College|
|2003||Chris Shubert||Langara College|
|2004||Nicole Castor||Langara College|
|2005||Nicole Wilson||Langara College|
|2006||Shawn Bourgoin||Langara College|
|2007||Renata Turick||Langara College|
|2008||Mark Houlden||Langara College|
|2009||Bernard Lee||Langara College|
|2010||Pam Berg||Langara College|
|2011||Larry Alas||Langara College|
|2012||Shannon Penway||Langara College|
|2013||Travis Pearce||Langara College|
|2014||Jerome Oregas||Langara College|
|2015||Taylor Venner||Langara College|
|2016||Kayla Raimondo||Langara College|
|2017||Teelah Logan||Langara College|
|2018||Steven Maisey||Langara College|
|2019||Hannah Glavin||Langara College|
|2020||Karina Tung||Langara College|