He has been called a role model, a friend and a committed member of the community, but now Stu Spence has been recognized as the new professional of the year by the Oregon Recreation & Park Association.
Spence, the city of Woodburns recreation services manager since 2008, will be honored for the award by the Woodburn City Council at its Oct. 14 meeting.
The award recognizes an individual with less than 15 years in the field who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative, innovation and contribution to the park and recreation profession in Oregon.
Stu has had a profound effect on the many people of Woodburn, said Scott Derickson, city administrator. He is the face of Woodburn Recreation & Parks and is known and loved throughout town.
Spence has been instrumental in obtaining significant grants and sponsorships for events, including Woodburn Summer Nights and its Fourth of July celebration. He also has developed and managed many important partnerships and created numerous new programs and community events, according to Derickson.
He is currently serving as secretary on ORPAs board of directors.
Its a big honor to be recognized at the state level for what we do every day, Spence said. I think it brings credibility to Woodburn and what we do here. The variety and quality of programs we have in Woodburn is amazing for the size of community. I think we should be proud of that.