Special districts and the individuals that support their efforts are consistently giving back to their communities in various ways including creating top-notch programs, offering incredible customer service, and volunteering time. The SDAO Awards Program gives recognition to these districts, board members, managers, employees and volunteers to celebrate their ingenuity, creativity, diversity, and commitment to excellence.
2024 SDAO Awards Program
Help us celebrate the ingenuity, creativity, and diversity of our members by nominating an individual or special district for the SDAO Awards Program! This program recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of member districts as well as district board members, managers, employees, and volunteers.
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL DISTRICT PROGRAM (DISTRICT)
This award category recognizes innovative projects and programs, outstanding safety, public information, public involvement in a district decision making process, and outstanding achievement. Three subcategories have been established for this award:
• Districts with 5 or fewer employees
• Districts with 6 to 25 employees
• Districts with 26 or more employees
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL DISTRICT SERVICE (INDIVIDUAL)
This award category recognizes individuals who have contributed substantially to the improvement and successful operation of their special district. Four subcategories have been established for this award:
• Board Member
• Manager (Nomination must be submitted by the district’s board of directors.)
• Employee (Nomination must be submitted by the district’s manager.)
SDAO Board of Directors and SDIS Board of Trustees members are ineligible to be nominated for this award. Winners will be recognized at the 2024 SDAO Awards Banquet in Seaside on February 10th.
HOW DO I SUBMIT A NOMINATION?
Complete the 2024 SDAO Awards Program nomination form available at www.sdao.com/sdao-awards-program. Please respond to each question, attaching additional pages if necessary. Submit completed nomination forms to SDAO, PO Box 12613, Salem, Oregon 97309-0613 or email them to email@example.com.
Nomination forms must be received by October 6th, 2023 to be considered.
HOW ARE ENTRIES JUDGED?
The Awards Committee will review nominations in late-October using standard evaluation features such as impact for other districts, positive results, special purpose, increased safety, cost savings, improved quality of service, innovation, and community need.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE DISTRICT OR INDIVIDUAL I NOMINATE WINS?
Nominators and award winners will be notified in November 2023. SDAO will provide winner contact information to our videographer to schedule a date and time to do a video interview. Videos will be showcased at the 2024 SDAO Annual Conference, which will be held at Seaside Civic & Convention Center in February 2024 and on our website. Winners will be provided with an electronic file of their video.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions, please contact Director of Association Services Jennifer Quisenberry at 800-285-5461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 SDAO Award Winners
Press Release: SDAO Honors Special Districts and Individuals (February 15, 2023)
2023 SDAO Awards Program Award Recipients
Outstanding Special District Program Award
Special districts are recognized for innovative projects and programs, outstanding safety, public information, public involvement in a district decision-making process, and outstanding achievement.
- 5 or Fewer Employees: White River Health District – Awards Video
- 26 or More Employees: Deschutes Public Library – Awards Video
Outstanding Special District Service Award
This category recognizes an individual board member, manager, staff member, or volunteer who has contributed substantially to the improvement and successful operation of his or her district.
- Board Member: John Dunn, Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority – Awards Video
- Manager: Bev Bridgewater, West Extension Irrigation District – Awards Video
- Employee: Rob Cummings, Clackamas River Water – Awards Video
- Volunteer: Sunriver Public Safety Building Task Force, Sunriver Service District – Awards Video
Legislative Leadership Award
This award recognizes a member of Oregon’s legislature who has consistently gone above and beyond for Oregon’s special districts.
- Senator Cedric Hayden – Awards Video