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Four People Affiliated With JCPRD Honored at 2006 KRPA Conference
POSTED: 01/30/2006
Four people associated with theJohnson County Park and Recreation District were honored during the Kansas Recreation and Park Association’s annual conference conducted Jan. 22 through 25 at the Overland Park Sheraton Inn.

Honored were: District Board Member Dr. Marvin “Doc” Wollen, Former Chief Ranger Ralph Hays, Friends for Parks and Recreation Chair John Leavens, and Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker. The first three received their honors during the Awards Program on Jan. 24, while Jill received hers during the Recreation Branch Luncheon on January 23 at the Leawood Community Center.

In recognition of his more than 15 years of service, Wollen received the KRPA's Distinguished Board/Commission Member Award. As nominated by District Director Michael Meadors, Wollen was honored as an exemplary citizen representative and an active proponent of parks and recreation.

Hays received the Hall of Fame Award. As submitted by District Board and Staff, the award recognizes his more than 30 years of service, his role as a co-founder of the Park Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) and Founder of the Kansas Park Law Enforcement Association (KPLEA), and his national recognition in this specialized field.

Leavens received the Distinguished Volunteer Award for serving an instrumental role in starting the hands-on nonprofit group. Michael notes that the group developed over two years due to Leaven's guidance, persistence, and coordination.

Leiker received the KRPA Recreation Branch's Outstanding New or Innovative Program Award for her work with The Ali Kemp Education (T.A.K.E.) Foundation Self-Defense Program. In nominating Leiker, Superintendent of Recreation Jill Geller notes that more than 4,000 women and girls have taken the training.

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