Announcing Our 2024 Florence B. Wager Award Recipients!

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Announcing Our 2024 Florence B. Wager Award Recipients!

The Florence B. Wager awards honor Flossie Wager’s influence and leadership by recognizing staff, volunteers, and leaders who have made a significant impact to the development and enhancement of parks, trails, and recreational programs throughout Clark County. This year’s Florence B. Wager Award recipients are recognized in three categories: V-Formation, Tributary, and J. Scott Campbell Corporate.

The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the Annual Luncheon on May 9th, 2024, at the AC Hotel by Marriott Vancouver Waterfront, 333 West Columbia Way, Vancouver, Washington, 98660. The luncheon occurs from Noon-1pm in the ground floor ballroom. For tickets, please visit: May 9, 2024 Annual Luncheon – Parks Foundation of Clark County (parksforclark.org)


V-Formation Flyer Award

There are three well-deserved recipients of this year’s V-Formation Flyer Award.

Syble Crow: Syble Crow has been an integral part of the Clark County community since the early 70s. With a background in communication and social science, along with certifications in conflict resolution and trauma intervention, she has dedicated her life to serving others. From her roles in various nonprofits to her long-standing directorship at the Park Foundation, Syble tirelessly advocates for the enhancement of neighborhood and community parks, believing in their importance for recreation and appreciation of nature. Unable to choose a favorite among the many delightful parks in Clark County, her enthusiasm for these outdoor spaces inspires others to enjoy and cherish them as much as she does.

 

Jaynee Haygood: Jaynee has been deeply involved with the Vancouver Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC) for over seven years, serving as its Chair for the last two. Her work on the commission has been characterized by active leadership as effective partnership building, significantly impacting various community projects and initiatives. Jaynee is noted for her skilled and passionate advocacy to the City Council and has played a crucial role in strengthening the city’s collaboration with the Urban Forestry Commission to expand urban forestry and climate action initiatives.

Jaynee’s comprehensive approach to community service, focusing on both immediate improvements and strategic long-term planning, aligns closely with the values and mission of the Parks Foundation of Clark County, making her a deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

Linda Reid: The Parks Foundation has long enjoyed and appreciated the volunteer support and leadership of Linda Reid. Regardless of the event, the day or the time, Linda has been a positive, reliable, and constant presence at PFCC events. Last year, while volunteering at the annual Booville Halloween celebration, Linda dressed as a tiger! (we need a picture from that event, as part of the slides). The Parks Foundation has enjoyed wonderful success over the years due in large part to Linda’s involvement. She is a true believer in the importance of the mission of our foundation to our community, and her actions speak louder than words. Linda also supports numerous other important organizations such as the Clark County Mural Society, Children’s Home Society, and the Vancouver Downtown Association. In her free time, she earns her paycheck at Heritage Bank, where she offers over 40 years of experience in commercial and real estate lending to our local growing businesses. We are pleased to present Linda Reid with the 2024 V-Formation Award.

 

Tributary Award

Hailey Heath has been instrumental in transforming Vancouver over 12 years as the City of Vancouver’s Volunteer Coordinator, pioneering numerous programs like Adopt-A-Park and Naturespaces to enhance parks and address environmental justice. Her tireless efforts in community engagement and volunteer management, coupled with her innovative approach to tackling economic and health disparities through ecological restoration, exemplify her dedication to public service. Hailey’s leadership has not only inspired countless volunteers but also cultivated partnerships across the city, making her a deserving winner for the Florence B. Wager Tributary Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship and community empowerment.


Scott Campbell Corporate Award

Since 2013, The Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation has been a foundational supporter of the Summer Playground Program annual summer camp program, located in several parks throughout Vancouver. Hosted by the City of Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services each summer since 2008 (except for the COVID summer of 2020), this free 6-week program engages hundreds of youths with educational, physical, and confidence-building activities. The program partners with SHARE of Vancouver, to offer healthy lunch each day during camp.

“They absolutely loved and were vested in Vancouver and continue to give back today and into perpetuity through their Family Foundation,” says Larry Ogg, President of the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation Board of Directors. “From what I’ve learned of J. Scott Campbell, I believe he and Tod shared similar values, and may have really enjoyed each other’s company. They appreciated and gave special attention to personal relationships, were fun to be around, and just wanted to do right by their community.”

Since 2008, the Foundation has distributed substantial grants in SW Washington, supporting education and healthcare, through an endowment set up by Tod and Maxine. In their early-40’s, the couple had partnered with a construction contractor/developer, Ed Pietz, to build hotels and in 1973 purchased and restored a high-quality hotel on the Vancouver Waterfront, then named the Thunderbird Inn at the Quay. For more than 30 years, with headquarters located in Vancouver, their partnership developed 53 properties located in 19 cities of 11 western States. At its peak, the Red Lion company employed 8,500 staff.

“Theirs is the quintessential “American” success story, embedded right here in the history of Vancouver, Washington” says Tim Leavitt, President of the Parks Foundation Board of Directors. “Ambitious, visionary, industrious and persistent. McClaskey and Pietz built a hospitality empire, creating jobs and training, and economic opportunity for their communities. One of my first jobs was as a “Front Desk Agent” at the Quay, working with hotel guests — both friendly and difficult – who often had been traveling all day. Maybe that helped me while in elected office!”

The Parks Foundation of Clark County is pleased to award the J. Scott Campbell Corporate Leadership Award to the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation, in honor of the memory of Tod and Maxine and their ongoing legacy of enriching the lives of current and future generations of SW Washington.

 

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