Excellence Awards


The following awards are given out at The Night of Excellence at the Fall Conference when qualifying applications are received.  Washington State has some of the most accomplished professionals in Public Works. Take time to recognize them. The Awards Committee is seeking nominations for outstanding leaders and individuals.

Submissions open: July 1st



Empowering Teams Award           

WA Chapter Nomination Due: Aug 1, 2020
Please Email Meritorious Descriptions to: Kirk Holmeskirk.holmes@perteet.com

Recognizes teams making advancements in the Public Works Industry that allows the industry as a whole to make significant progress in harnessing new technologies, processes or materials to accomplish Public Works’ tasks more efficiently. The award may be presented at any time during the year and multiple or no awards may be presented due to available nominations. The APWA Technology Solutions Committee evaluates the nominations and makes recommendations to the Chapter President.

Committee in Action Award                                                           
WA Chapter Nomination Due: Aug 1, 2020
Please Email Meritorious Descriptions to: Kirk Holmeskirk.holmes@perteet.com    
Awarded at: Fall Conference

Recognizes a chapter committee that has provided/is providing exceptional value to the membership and/or the public works profession in Washington. Active committees are essential to our chapter’s success. Committee activities provide an excellent conduit for communicating with chapter members and implementing strategic direction. Committee meetings and sponsored activities are the medium in which strategic initiatives take shape, ideas become real and through which members receive value. Committee activities can help to shape and define our interaction with other professional and trade organizations, government entities and the public. Award winners are selected by the Board.

Our Heroes Wear Dirt Award                                                            
WA Chapter Nomination Due: Aug 1, 2020
Please Email Meritorious Descriptions to: Kirk Holmeskirk.holmes@perteet.com    
Awarded at: Fall Conference

For either individuals or groups, this award recognizes outstanding service to the community in Public Works by front line workers. This special recognition award is not given out every year.


WA Chapter Nomination Due: Aug 1, 2020

Please Email Nomination Form & Meritorious Description of the Individual to: Kirk Holmeskirk.holmes@perteet.com    
Awarded at: WA Chapter Fall Conference

Outstanding Service Award
In Honor of James Robertson
Recognizes outstanding service to the Chapter.

Inclusion Advocate Award
In Honor of June Rosentreter Spence
Recognizes efforts to recruit individuals into Public Works, including those members and organizations, or programs, who recognize and are active in helping women, minorities & people with disabilities, pursue careers in the public works field.

Chapter Pillar Award
In Honor of Richard (Dick) G. Andrews
Recognizes an individual who exemplifies Dick’s qualities of leadership, mentoring, encouragement, and serving behind the scenes without seeking recognition for him/herself as selected by the Board. Dick was a long time Washington State Chapter member, Board Member, and 2002 President. He died on October 1, 2014 after losing a hard-fought battle with an aggressive cancer.

Roy Morse Award
Recognizes outstanding technical or professional accomplishments in Public Works. The winner of this award may be forwarded by the Chapter President to National as a nominee for the National Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year Award.

Young Leader Award
Recognizes and encourages young Public Works leaders who demonstrate commitment to the Public Works profession and show potential for future growth with APWA. The winner of this award receives scholarship to attend the National Congress. Their application may be forwarded by the Chapter President to National as a nominee for the Young Leader Award.

President's Award 
Awarded at: Fall Conference
Recognizes a current Officer or Board Member for chapter contributions. Chapter officers and board members are the paramount leaders of our chapter and the shapers of chapter vision and activity. They contribute substantial time, effort and in some cases, personal expense, to support and oversee the administration of the chapter and its activities. A few distinguish themselves by attending all the meetings with remarkable enthusiasm; engage constantly in the discussions; and contribute substantial wisdom and creative ideas to address various chapter challenges. Presidents owe their success in part to not only those who show up for the job, but especially to those officers and board members who contribute in distinct and valuable ways.


Kirk Holmes, Kirk.Holmes@perteet.com  |  Tina Nelson, knelson@co.kitsap.wa.us

APWA WA Chapter - Awards Committee Co-Chairs


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