The Washington Recreation and Parks Association recently honored Barbara Brock, a long-time professor in the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department, as their 2013 Honor Fellow Award winner.
The highest recognition bestowed by the WRPA, a professional organization in existence since 1947, the Honor Fellow Award is given to an individual with a minimum of 10 years of dedicated professional parks and recreation related service and achievement, and they must meet the organizations high standards for character and professionalism.
“Dr. Barb Brock had been instrumental in building a program that is nationally recognized for producing some of the most influential practitioners in the profession. She continually inspires her students to go out and change the world,” said Ray Towry, who, as Past President of the WRPA, oversees the awards program. “We have had as many as 1,600 members and only bestow the WRPA Honor Fellow to the most deserving of individuals. Dr. Brock’s accomplishments represent the best of the best. She has inspired hundreds if not thousands of her students to go make the world a better place.”
Jennifer Papich, the recreation coordinator for the City of Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation, was one of the people that nominated Brock for the esteemed award. “Barb walks the talk! She is so inspirational – the ideal example of how to live your life with purpose and passion. She gives her all in everything that she does,” she said. “Her commitment to her students, striving to connect them to professionals in the field for employment opportunities, career advice and networking opportunities goes so far above and beyond her duties as a professor.”
The admiration is a two-way street for Brock, who has been involved with the organization for more than two decades. “It’s a great honor to receive the Fellow Award. I have watched individuals receive this award at the annual state conferences for 26 years now and felt they were the most dedicated professionals on the planet – never dreaming that I would receive one. I still think they made a mistake! Nonetheless, I am very honored,” she said. “The Washington State Park and Recreation organization has done more for students than any other professional organization I know of. I have always felt on the receiving end as the professionals in the state have given so much to my classes and done so much for our students.”