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STA seeks nominations for its sports turf manager of the year


October 1, 2013
By Mike Jiggens

The Guelph, Ont.-based Sports Turf Association has made a second formal call for nominations for its new “Sports Turf Manager of the Year” program. Sponsored by the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and the GTA Solutions Group, the program was originally announced during February’s Ontario Turfgrass Symposium. It was further promoted in September at the STA’s 26th annual field day.

The STA is inviting nominations for individuals who:

• are engaged in a management or practitioner role in the sports turf industry.

• are engaged in regular professional develop activities.

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• are regarded as an active contributor to the profession and the industry.

• are regarded as progressive, displaying outstanding performance in any one of a number of key categories, suggested but not limited to:

    √ community outreach

    √ commitment to continuing education and professional development (i.e. accrual of a diploma, degree or special certification)

    √ environmental stewardship/green initiatives (i.e. responsible nutrient management, carbon reductions, water conservation, habitat creation, facility improvements, etc.)

    √ health and safety (internal or external)

    √ progressive management techniques for sports turf

    √ project management

    √ special promotion of the profession

    √ stewardship of interns or students

    √ workplace improvements and/or innovations

The purpose of the sports turf manager of the year program is to recognize a sports turf manager for his or her professional ability and contribution to the Canadian sports turf industry as well as show appreciation for the individual’s proactive and progressive efforts within the profession and the industry.

Nominees for the honour must be current non-commercial members in good standing of the Sports Turf Association. Members of the STA’s board of directors or awards committee are ineligible to be nominated or to nominate another. Sponsors are also not eligible as nominator or nominee.

Nominess will be udged on the basis on the information contained in the nomination form and supplementary material. Nominations must be received by Dec. 1 for consideration. Presentation of the award will be made at an appropriate industry conference or event.

Nominators must complete an official Sports Turf Manager of the Year nomination form. Supplementary information detailing the manner in which the nominee meets the criteria and the particulars of why the nominee should be considered for the award. A maximum of three letters of support will strengthen the nomination.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, visit http://www.sportsturfassociation.com .