Lake Oswego Parks & Rec staffers Inglis, Fletcher win state awards
Two Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation employees were honored this week by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Association for their leadership skills and the department itself was given its own award for the management, maintenance, enhancement and programming of Luscher Farm.
Jamie Inglis, the department's special events and farmers market program coordinator, was awarded the 2017 SPRINT Leadership Award at a special ceremony Tuesday in Bend. The award is given to an ORPA member who inspires others, demonstrates leadership skills and has contributed to the Parks & Recreation profession.
Cydny Fletcher, the department's youth and teen program coordinator, was named the Outstanding New Professional for 2017. The honor recognizes a Parks & Rec professional with less than 15 years of experience in the field who possesses the qualities and skills of an emerging leader.
The Asset Management Award honors an agency or team that demonstrates the vision and leadership necessary to protect and enhance public assets and resources while providing public recreation opportunities. It was accepted by Parks & Rec Director Ivan Anderholm.
"Management of our resources and assets is our calling," Anderholm said. "We teach others and continue to learn about the environment by providing inclusive and meaningful connections with the farm. The Luscher site and the experiences it provides becomes more intertwined with citizens and into the fabric of the community."
Inglis began working for Parks & Rec when she was in high school and just celebrated her fifth year as farmers market coordinator.
"I'm excited because there are so many incredible individuals who work in the field we do," she told The Review. "It's nice to be recognized for helping enrich the community and do some work that, hopefully, makes everyone's lives happier and healthier. I'm proud to be included in that."
Inglis has been instrumental in coordinating and leading a wide variety of events in Lake Oswego, including summer concerts, daddy-daughter dinner dances, holiday events, the Fourth of July Star Spangled Banner Celebration, Pal-O-Ween and more.
She works with Lake Oswego police and fire departments to stage CPR Anywhere workshops and survivor breakfasts. She also partners with organizations like the National Charity League, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Oswego Rotary Club to provide opportunities for group members to become more involved at community events.
Recently, Inglis was elected to the ORPA Executive Board as treasurer. In that role, she will work with communities across the state to enrich the lives of Oregonians and learn more about the diverse recreational resources Oregon has to offer.
"What stands out about Jamie is that she is not only a veteran event planner who has grown her programs year-to-year, but she also brings her creativity and innovative ideas to the table," said Recreation Supervisor Kathy Schilling. "Never one to settle for the status quo, Jamie continues to improve, adjust and add a fresh spark to whatever she does."
Fletcher won her award for demonstrating outstanding leadership, initiative and innovation and contributing to the Parks & Recreation profession in Oregon.
"It's a really big honor getting recognized for something you love to do. It's really something that was considered a niche market just five years ago," Fletcher told The Review. "We've seen an increase in teen programs and respect for the teen programs we have here in Lake Oswego, as well as the support Lake Oswego has for the youth in our community. It's great to be a part of honoring that, the program's growth, and doing what you love to do."
Fletcher's colleagues say her slogan, "For Teens, By Teens," has been the key to her success with the Teen Lounge and other youth activities — and for her steady career advancement.
"(Fletcher) successfully engages youth and facilitates their raw ideas into reality, all the while with professionalism, grace and intelligence," said Ann Adrian, the manager of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. "She makes complicated jobs look easy and is absolutely marvelous to work with. Her creativity is exceptional and I am grateful to get to be a part of her work. The staff at the ACC all agree she is a wonder."
So does Gail Lough, who works for Parks & Rec's Cultural Division.
"Cyd sets very clear expectations at training classes, with examples and scripts to address issues," Lough said, "and she provides continuous coaching during the classes/camps to ensure staff stays on track and understands our policies and how to enforce them and make it fun for the participants."