Each year, the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) recognizes park and recreation professionals for their outstanding and significant accomplishments. This year, Cosumnes Community Services District’s (CSD) Lizy Campbell, Recreation Coordinator, and Mike Dopson, Recreation Superintendent, were recognized.
Campbell was awarded the Rising Professional Award. This statewide award is given to a CPRS member who is under the age of 30, has demonstrated professional competencies through active involvement with a District, Section, or Committee of CPRS, and has attributed to the advancement of the profession by holding leadership office, serving on a committee, developing an event or making a significant impact to the profession. The nominee must also have been active in CPRS for less than five years.
Campbell began working at the CSD in 2016 as the Recreation Coordinator overseeing Aquatics. Since becoming a CPRS member in 2015, Campbell has served on the California Aquatic Management School planning committee for two years, was elected to the CPRS District 2 board of directors for a two year term in 2017, presented at the CPRS annual conference in 2017 and 2018, and developed a significant initiative or event that assisted the professional membership.
Dopson was awarded a CPRS Presidential Award. This award was given to Dopson by the CPRS board president in recognition of his work on the California Action Plan (CAP) in the area of innovation. The CAP serves to guide park and recreation professionals for the next ten years by identifying the most significant trends, along with the competencies needed to address them. Dopson initiated a series of presentations modeled after TED Talks which focused on the parks and recreation industry.
“Lizy and Mike demonstrate an outstanding level of service and dedication to CPRS, the profession, and the community they serve,” said CSD Parks and Recreation Administrator Joshua Green. “The CSD is proud to have them representing our agency and we congratulate them on this well-deserved statewide recognition.”
Campbell and Dopson accepted their awards on March 16 during the CPRS annual conference in Long Beach.