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.2023 Awards Program Brochure
Awards Program FAQ
How do I submit an application?
Complete the SDAO Awards Program nomination form. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination forms must be received by October 7th 2022 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 2022. 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 2023 SDAO Annual Conference, which will be held at Sunriver Resort in February 2023 and on our website. Winners will also be mailed their award and a DVD copy of their video.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Quisenberry at 800-285-5461 or email jquisenberry@ sdao.com.
2022 SDAO Award Winners
Howard Terpenning Lifetime Achievement Award
The Howard Terpenning Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has shown an outstanding commitment to Oregon special districts and to SDAO.
- George Dunkel, Retired Fire Chief and SDAO Senior Consultant – Awards Video
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: Mist-Birkenfeld RFPD - Awards Video
- 6-25 Employees: Rainbow Water District – Awards Video
- 26 or More Employees: Lebanon Fire District – 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: Trudi Sthen, Ophir RFPD – Awards Video
- Manager: Fred Schatz, Crystal Springs Water District – Awards Video
- Employee: Donn Bunyard, Clackamas River Water – Awards Video
- Volunteer: Thomas Maddock, McKenzie Fire & Rescue – Awards Video
Extraordinary Staff Service Award
This award was created by the SDAO Board of Directors to recognize an SDAO staff member that has gone above and beyond for our members.
- Kevin Pardy, SDAO Underwriting Manager