Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

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Elly Doyle Park Service Awards

Park Authority Seeks Elly Doyle Park Service Award Nominations

There are thousands of individuals and many organizations that volunteer each year in local parks and support the many programs and initiatives of the Fairfax County Park Authority. In fact, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to operate our park system without volunteers. Making sure that their service is recognized is very important. 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards and will close on Friday, June 24, 2022. (You can preview the background information and questions for each of the awards in preparation for your nomination submittal.) Nominate exceptional volunteers for an Elly Doyle Park Service Award, Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award, Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award, Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award or, new this year, a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award. Award recipients will be honored in November 2022.

Anyone may submit an application. The awards are open to those who have made outstanding service contributions over the past year. A service contribution is the giving of time or expertise to the Fairfax County Park Authority for the advancement of recreational and/or educational opportunities or the protection of natural, cultural or historic resources in Fairfax County. Groups and individuals are eligible. An individual or organization may only receive one Elly Doyle Award.

The Elly Doyle Park Service Awards were established in 1988 and recognize Ellamae Doyle's many years of service and accomplishments as a member and chairman of the Park Authority Board. The County's park system expanded and thrived during her tenure with the addition of significant open space, construction of new recreational facilities and a commitment to preservation of natural and cultural resources in Fairfax County.

The Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award honors the retired Park Board member’s long service and significant contributions to the Park Authority. This award recognizes teamwork and cooperation necessary to provide state-of-the-art facilities in our Fairfax County Parks. 

The Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award honors historian, volunteer and acclaimed author Mayo S. Stuntz, and recognizes contributions to our cultural preservation efforts.  

The Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes Sally B. Ormsby’s many years of service as a citizen steward and honors others who help preserve and educate about local natural resources and the importance of the environment.

The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award is a new award approved by the Park Authority Board on March 23, 2022. This award recognizes significant, tangible contributions made by individuals, organizations or businesses that help accomplish the Park Authority’s strategic priority to enhance diversity systemwide and foster a culture of inclusion in parks and/or within the surrounding community.

2022 Nomination Form View Past Award Winners

2021 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards

2021 Awardees

Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award

  • Ronnie Billodeaux, Ed Robichaud and Steve Williams

Sally B. Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award

  • BOB Dinse
  • Green Spring Extension Master Gardeners

Mayo S. Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award

  • Barbara Naef

2021 Outstanding Volunteer Awards

  • Elaine Sommer
  • Mark Maslyn
  • Dennis Carlton
  • Mary Claire Hess
  • Henry Champagne 
  • Janet Hammes, Aimee Martin, and Liz Promen
  • Judy Dority
  • Brynn Walley
  • Nancy Turner
  • Jose Acosta
  • Pam Pontillo
  • Robert “Bob” Jarrell
  • Charles “Chuck” Basham
  • Lisbet McCarrick
  • Tom Eason
  • Marcos Kolva
  • James Wallar
  • Eliot Soderholm
  • Daniel Kim
  • Larry Zenker

Chairman's Choice Awards

  • County Executive Bryan Hill
  • Fairfax County Director of Health, Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu
  • Sara K. Baldwin, FCPA Deputy Director/COO
  • Aimee L. Vosper FCPA Deputy Director/CBD
  • Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Eakin Philanthropy Awards

  • Wayne, Angela and the Valis Family
  • Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home and Fairfax Memorial Park
  • Friends of Colvin Run Mill

Elly Doyle Youth Award

  • Madeline Sizer
  • Nicole Wargel

Elly Doyle Special Recognition Awards

  • The Oak Marr Rec Center Landscaping Group
  • Marion Scaffidi
  • Ann Marlow
  • Jennifer Grinnell Van de Vijver
  • Allen Yang

Elly Doyle Park Service Awards

  • Dr. Jeffrey Kretsch
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints D.C. South Mission
  • Friends of Accotink Creek

All nominations for the 2022 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards are due by Friday, June 17, 2022. For more information or for alternative formats of the applications, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or via

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