By Greg Price
Taber Recreation Board gave a recognition award to Nancy Csabay for being the Canadian Finals Rodeo Barrel Racing Champion for the second straight year.
They also gave a recognition award to Brance Orban for his international hockey competition, including being part of the national team for Hungary.
It opened up the terms of reference for the recreation board in how it sets its criteria for giving its recognition of achievement certificates as recreation board members discussed the parametres at its Dec. 1 meeting.
“If a person moves away to further themselves in sport, there is still a connection to the Town of Taber and the M.D. of Taber. I feel they should be kept in this recognition,” said Luke Wijna, chairperson for the Taber Recreation Board. “You can only go to a certain level in Taber. You go to university or you go to college. Or you play in a league in Calgary or Edmonton or overseas.”
Previous criteria noted individuals who are proposed for recognition must be residents of Taber or the M.D. of Taber, which may include a family residence. Volunteer coaches, regardless of residence could be recognized.
“I don’t think it should matter if any person’s family still lives here. All that matters is if this was the hometown they grew up in,” said Danielle Hansen, vice chairperson of the Taber Recreation Board.
Taber Recreation Board passed a motion unanimously to amend the criteria for the Recreation Board Recognition of Achievement Procedure to individuals who are proposed for recognition must be residents or past residents of the Town of Taber or M.D. of Taber.
There are several ways an individual, coach or team can receive an achievement certificate which include: having obtained medal status at the provincial, national or international levels, or the highest achievement level for that organization; any individual, coach, team or group who has gained national or international recognition in their field, be it amateur or professional; any individual/coach who is selected as a member of Team Alberta or Team Canada; or any individual who receives an elite award from their college or university.