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Fisher, Jones receive NIRSA awards

Two University of Regina recreation services employees were recognized with awards at the 2019 NIRSA Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo in Boston, MA. on Tuesday.

Recreation Services Program Assistant Alison Fisher was awarded the Horace Moody Award, and student employee Chelsea Jones was presented with a Willian N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Award.

The Horace Moody Award is presented to an outstanding professional who has made significant contributions to student development and acted as a mentor to his or her student employees. The award recognizes the encouragement, support and commitment to excellence that the recipient provides to their students.

“The Horace Moody Awards is pretty special to me. He was a founder of an organization that I greatly respect and being a part of his legacy is pretty special,” Fisher said. “More importantly, I was nominated for this award by Chelsea (Jones) who is an amazing student, leader and person. The award means so much more coming from a student as it is a recognition for outstanding commitment to student development. I think student development is so important and I strive to challenge my students and provide them with opportunities for growth and to be recommended by a student not only means I am doing my job but also having an impact on them and on the future leaders they will become. I am very honoured to receive this award and proud to work with some amazing students and have the opportunity to contribute to their growth not only as students but as future leaders in our community.”

The William N. Wasson Awards are named after NIRSA’s founder, and recognize top students in collegiate recreation who have displayed outstanding efforts and commitment to their recreation departments. The awards take into account academics as well as extracurricular involvement. With Tuesday’s presentation, Jones becomes the first Canadian student to receive a William N. Wasson award.

Jones, who recently completed an internship at the University of Oregon, has had a large impact on the University of Regina’s recreation services department and social media platforms. With work on the UR Fit programs, the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre, and Aquatics, her contributions to those programs have been felt across the campus. 

“I am not sure there are words to express what Chelsea has meant to the Recreation Services department and to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies,” Fisher added. “Her energy and enthusiasm has touched so many pieces within our Faculty, and her tireless dedication to improve our program is phenomenal. She has revamped our social media and has also made a positive impact on the profession of recreation professionals in Canada through her work with the NIRSA Canada West Region. I have seen her grow into a strong leader and a great ambassador for what a driven Sport and Rec student can do. It’s been a pleasure to work with a student who has her dedication, passion and love for what she does. As the first Canadian Student to be recognized for this award I feel that she is the most deserving recipient!”

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