Volunteer Recognition Program

Volunteers make up a large part of APPI as a professional organization. APPI's Volunteer Recognition Program recognizes individual dedication and contributions to APPI and the planning profession more generally. The recipients are honored at the Volunteer Celebration.

Volunteer Recognition Awards

You have the opportunity to nominate one of your colleagues for the contributions that they have made to the Institute in one of the following categories. Nominations will open in early 2024.

Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award

Exceptional Mentor Award

Volunteer of the Year Award


Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award

This prestigious award is the highest honour awarded to an APPI RPP member, recognizing long term commitment to the Institute and volunteerism. The recipients have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the planning profession and have contributed to the Institute in a number of capacities. The APPI membership at large nominates their peers for the award and a volunteer adjudication committee selects the winning recipients. Nominations are restricted to APPI RPP members who have a minimum ten years of service.

Congratulations to all Recipients of this Award! View past award recipients.

2023 Recipient

Beth Sanders RPP




Exceptional Mentor Award

This award acknowledges an RPP member who has gone above and beyond in supporting the growth of a member's professional planning practice and competence, and/or in serving as a mentor during the RPP certification process.

2023 Recipients

Rachelle Dillon RPP

Rachelle Trovato RPP

Yolanda Lew RPP

Teresa Goldstein RPP




Volunteer of the Year Award

This award recognizes a significant contribution made in the previous year. This award is open to any member, regulated or non-regulated. Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to the Institute serving on an APPI Committee or initiative, or alternatively representing APPI on a specific project or initiative at the national level.

2023 Recipient

Erin O'Neill RPP


Long Term Service Recognition Program 

The Long Term Service Recognition program recognizes and celebrates APPI RPP members, their service and dedication to the Institute and the profession.

The recipients are honored at the annual APPI Volunteer Awards and Appreciation Celebration.

The objectives of the Long Term Service Recognition Program are to:

  • recognize long-term membership with the professional planning organization as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) or its equivalent in Canada and includes those now retired from practice. 
  • increase the level of pride and satisfaction of membership amongst APPI members.
  • promote the contributions planners to the profession and them building awareness of the Institute. 

2022 Long Term Service Recognition



Council Service Awards

The Council Service Awards are given to outgoing members of APPI Council. APPI acknowledges the following former members of APPI Council, whose Council terms ended April 27, 2023. We thank them for their dedication to the profession and leadership of the Institute.


Scott Low


Volunteer Appreciation

We are proud to celebrate each one of you that spend your time volunteering for APPI. APPI ‘s volunteers serve in many capacities such as the Annual Conference Committee, Registration Committee, Regional Events Committees, Discipline Committee, adjudicating awards, serving as mentors and sponsors for those Candidate members seeking RPP certification, or serving as APPI’s representatives on a variety of external bodies such as the Safety Codes Council, Professional Standards Board, the Calgary Planning Commission or the Edmonton Design Committee.

Approximately 25% of our members volunteer in some capacity. This is something the membership should be very proud of and we thank all of you for your contribution.