2006 Fairfax County Awards
Several Park Authority staff received GIS awards. The
winners and categories were:
• Cartographic Use of GIS – Pat Rosend and Andy Galusha, Park Planners, Planning and Development for Fort Willard Historic Site Map
• Use of GIS by an Individual – Buddy Rose, GIS Analyst, Planning and Development Division for the Park Land Cover Map
• Use of GIS by an Agency – Park Authority for planning and cultural resources uses of GIS.
Production Services staff received honors from the MarCom
Creative Awards (sponsored by the Association of Marketing and
Platinum awards were presented to:
• Daphne Hutchinson, Don Sweeney, Joanne Kearney for Parktakes Magazine in the Magazine/Government category;
• Joanne Kearney for Natural Treasures Poster, a Design/Poster
Gold awards winners were:
• Mark Garrah for the Native Wildlife Adventure Video in the Educational Video/Film category
• Mary Hoffman-Craddock for ParkNews, September 2006 issue for Employee Publication/Internal Newsletter
Honorable Mentions went to:
• Mark Garrah for Cross County Trail in the Video/Film Self-Promotion category
• Mary Hoffman-Craddock for Time for Change Pass Sale in the Ads/flyer category
- The Park Authority received a Fairfax County Land Conservation Award in the Special Project category from the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services for the Giles Run Pedestrian Bridge Project in Laurel Hill for. These awards recognize projects that utilize environmental excellence due to high standards and practices to protect natural resources and stream areas from erosion and sedimentation during project construction. Project Manager, John Kormos, deserves acknowledgement for coordination with the contractor and the site manager.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly has
received the 2006 Local Distinguished Service Award
from the American Public Transportation Association. APTA’s awards
program recognizes excellence in the public transportation industry.
Connolly was selected for the national APTA award for his outstanding
contributions to the public transportation industry and for
demonstrating APTA's core values: leadership, integrity, excellence,
diversity, inclusiveness, fairness and equity, teamwork,
professionalism and accountability.
- The Department of Finance received the VA Government Finance Officers Association’s 2006 Innovations in Government Finance Award for Policies and Procedures for its Employee Travel and Outreach Program.
- Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging won top awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for innovative programs. This awards program, open to members only, recognizes and showcases innovative and successful aging programs that serve older adults in local communities across the country. Fairfax won one of six honors nationally for its Cluster Care Volunteer Program, which supplies support services to help seniors stay in their own homes as long as possible. In addition, the 2006 Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognized 35 programs in 12 categories, including caregiving, collaboration/partnership, ethnic and cultural diversity, healthy aging, housing, meal services and the Medicare Prescription Drug Program. Fairfax also won three achievement awards for its Korean Meals on Wheels program, the Northern Virginia long-term care program and its aging network legislative breakfast, which encourages senior advocates to work together with lawmakers on senior issues.
Fairfax County Department of Transportation Pedestrian Program Manager
Chris Wells received the Transportation Advisory Commission's
2005 Transportation Achievement Award. Wells was honored for
his innovative and collaborative approach to pedestrian and bus
passenger safety in Fairfax County. For the past two years, Wells led
the Fairfax County Pedestrian Task Force to develop a plan for
implementing safe and effective pedestrian facilities and a coordinated
and collaborative education/outreach program. The Pedestrian Task Force
consists of residents, appointed commission members and
multi-disciplined staff. Its final report and recommendations were
presented to the Board of Supervisors in January 2006. Wells was
instrumental in the design and implementation of the Fairfax County Bus
Stop Inventory and Safety Study, which was presented to the Board of
Supervisors Transportation Subcommittee and the Transportation Advisory
Commission when it was completed in 2005. The annual Transportation
Achievement Award recognizes outstanding performance by a Fairfax
County employee. Nominations are made based on exceptional performance
within the scope of assigned duties, contributions which advance or
support the objectives of the county’s Transportation Plan, or original
contributions toward enhancing the quality of transportation in Fairfax
- Fairfax County won a Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Achievement Award for the Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative. The Initiative was selected for this award based on its innovation, model practices and collaboration. The VACo Achievement Awards recognize the best in county government programs. Out of 41 projects nominated this year, 15 received awards.
Fairfax County Public Library was awarded the National Association of
Counties (NACo) Achievement Award. In December 2004, the Fairfax County
Public Library launched the Early Literacy Program to teach early
literacy skills to preschoolers and their caregivers who cannot, or do
not, visit a library. Early literacy is based on the concept that
children need to develop pre-reading skills, such as handling books or
recognizing print, before they begin to read and write. An Early
Literacy Specialist acts as an outreach extension for each of the
Llibrary’s 20 regular branches. The specialist serves offsite schools,
day care centers, community centers, parent groups and teachers. The
program is designed to introduce children, their caregivers and
teachers to the concept of early literacy and to the resources
available at their local library branch. The specialist is also
training a volunteer corps to increase her reach into the community. In
all, almost 6,000 preschoolers and other individuals have been exposed
to early literacy concepts in the program’s first year.
- Fairfax County Office of the County Executive was awarded the National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for its Environmental Improvement 2005-2006 Program. In July 2004, Fairfax County began the process of developing an Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) that would provide a framework for the county executive and the Board of Supervisors to make decisions regarding environmental investment and project planning as well as a policy needs assessment. The EIP is designed to integrate and link environmental goals and objectives into all levels of county decision-making and to provide a strategic approach to prioritizing environmental actions for implementation. The Board of Supervisors has already funded and implemented $2.5 million worth of projects and programs in the 2005 EIP.
- Fairfax County received the top honor in the Emergency Management, Large Government category (population of 700,000 and greater) for the Community Emergency Alert Network, or CEAN, by the Public Technology Institute in its 2005/2006 Technology Solutions Award competition, an annual program that recognizes local governments that have demonstrated how, through the use of technology, they have improved services to the community, improved internal operations or reduced costs. The award was presented at the 2006 Congress for Technology Leadership in Chicago. The CEAN program, managed by the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, is supported by both the county’s Department of Information Technology and the Office of Public Affairs.
- The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors received an award from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for focusing attention on the need to improve facilities and procedures for bicycle transportation in the county through a proposed Comprehensive Bicycle Initiative. Chairman Gerald E. Connolly accepted the award, which was presented at the Bicyclist Association’s annual meeting, on behalf of the Board of Supervisors for laying the groundwork for a comprehensive bicycle program. Connolly also delivered the keynote address.
The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program has
been selected as a winner in the National Association of
Counties’ 2006 Acts of Caring Awards program, which recognizes
the top county volunteer programs in the country. The ombudsman
program, which was established in 1985 to advocate for people receiving
long-term care services to ensure the highest quality of life and care,
serves five jurisdictions. It is staffed within the Department of
Family Services’ Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, and all five
jurisdictions contribute to the cost of the program. The program’s
policy board is chaired by Fairfax County.
- The E9-1-1 Institute presented its 2006 Local Government Leader Award to Steve Souder, Fairfax County's director of the Department of Public Safety Communications. Souder was recognized for his work on the national and local levels. While heading a project for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, Souder researched issues involving the recruitment, training and retention of 9-1-1 personnel. His findings are used by public safety managers around the country. Souder took leadership of the Fairfax county agency in November 2005. A nationally recognized leader in the field of 9-1-1 and public safety communications, Souder had served as director of the Montgomery County, MD Department of Police, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center – one of the 50 largest such centers in the country – since November 2001 and guided that center during the 2002 sniper attacks. Previously, he was administrator of the Arlington County, VA 9-1-1 Public Safety-Emergency Communications Center for more than 16 years, including leading that agency during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The nonprofit E9-1-1 Institute promotes public awareness and education and advises members of Congress on emergency communications issues.
2005 Land Conservation Awards. Among the winners
recognized by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
was the Park Authority, (special projects in the erosion and sediment
control category) for work at Lake Fairfax Park. The award honors
excellence in environmental conservation by developers, designers, site
superintendents and contractors whose projects best demonstrate
excellence in erosion and sediment control design and implementation.
It also recognizes a commitment to tree preservation and replacement in
Fairfax County. The project is Lake Fairfax Park Core Facilities: Phase
I Construction. The scope of work includes new accessible marina
facilities, boardwalk, stairs and accessible ramps.
The Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia
presents special awards for projects that merit particular special
recognition for improving the overall appearance of the community and
the Northern Virginia region. The Alliance’s Board of Directors voted
unanimously to present a special award for Cub Run RECenter. The
special award ceremony was held at the Northern Virginia Regional
Commission office located in Fairfax in recognition of superior efforts
that went into the design and construction of the 65,000-square-foot
- Park Authority Director Mike Kane named to Board of Trustees of National Recreation and Park Association. The NRPA is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life. As Park Authority director, Kane has been proactive in pursuing an aggressive land acquisition program, in passing two vital bond referenda worth nearly $100 million and in opening new facilities including Laurel Hill Golf course, Wakefield Skatepark and Cub Run RECenter.