New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recognizes Niagara Region employee with Special Achievement Award
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation employee Tina Spencer has received one of the agency's highest honors: the Special Achievement Award for 2015. A Niagara Falls resident, Spencer is a certified Level 1 and Level 2 kayak instructor for the Niagara Region of State Parks.
State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey presented the award at a ceremony in Saratoga Springs on Nov. 16. Spencer was recognized for her efforts to develop a highly successful kayaking program for Niagara Region parks. Spencer's work led to the development of a kayak program to introduce kayaking both to people who were thinking about purchasing a kayak, and to offer a beginner's course to teach people the necessary skills to safely kayak. In 2015, Spencer reached 300 participants with her program.