Recreation Connections Manitoba, in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, presented the regional manager of Manitoba’s Interlake municipal relations recreational service branch, David Cain, with the 2018 Prairie Crocus Award Feb. 28. Cain was nominated by the RM of St. Clements for his work in the Interlake region.
“This year’s recipient is a man of many talents, many interests, and abilities, coupled with a good sense of humour, enthusiasm and passion for recreation.” Jennifer Sarna, former president of RCM (2003-2005) said as she introduced Cain. She outlined many of his life’s achievements at the 22nd Annual Provincial Recreation Conference President’s Luncheon & Awards Ceremony.
Cain was instrumental in the formation of both the Interlake Municipal Recreation Association and the Interlake Swim Association, Sarna said in her presentation.
Cain facilitated and spearheaded many community strategic plans, feasibility studies, funding development strategies and program initiatives with the primary goal of advancing recreation in Manitoba
A busy and valued member of his community, Gimli, Cain volunteers his time and effort towards organizations such as the Terry Fox Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, Gimli Minor Hockey, the Evergreen Cultural Education Committee and, of course, the Gimli District Recreation Centre.
He received the Manitoba Community Services Award in 2004 and the Kinsmen Club of Gimli honoured Dave with Life Membership in 1998, an honour only few members have achieved in the organization’s 68-year history, Sarna said. She also noted that Cain has been quick to defer his success to the combined efforts and collaboration of other recreation professionals, volunteers and community leaders, to a great round of applause from the audience.
“You never really do the kind of work that we are doing for recognition, it’s more about building the community,” he said March 1 to the Interlake Spectator.
With a recreation diploma of applied arts and science from Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Cain has served over 40 years in recreation and community services as a highly skilled manager committed to building community capacity through guiding volunteers and civic leaders, according to the presentation.
“I joined the list of people in the province that have received that award and it feels like a real honour to be on that list,” he said.
RCM is a non-profit membership based association of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. It’s mission is to support community leaders in parks and recreation by providing a network for recreation professionals across Manitoba to share ideas and work in partnership toward building a better Manitoba, according to their website.
“Certainly it was overwhelming,” Cain said, reflecting on receiving the life-time achievement award.
“When you get recognized at that level for what you (have) done all your life, it’s surprising, overwhelming... I felt very honoured.”