AZGFC Announces Recipients Of 2023 Commission Awards
Arizona Game and Fish Commission Announced 16 Recipients Of The 2023 Commission Awards
October 1, 2023
PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Commission announced 16 recipients of the 2023 Commission Awards at its Sept. 8 meeting in Greer, Ariz. The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
This year's recipients are -
Award of Excellence – Sheriff David Rhodes, Yavapai County and Sheriff Jim Driscoll, Coconino County
Youth Conservationist of the Year – Charles Smalley
Media of the Year – Henry Brean
Conservation Organization of the Year – White Mountain Apache Tribe
Conservationist of the Year – Troy Christensen
Natural Resource Professional of the Year – Mike Hannemann
Volunteer of the Year – Jim Lawrence
Educator of the Year – Fred Cohill
Mentor of the Year – Kevin Rapkoch
Advocate of the Year (State) – Senator Sine Kerr
Advocate of the Year (Federal) – Senator Kyrsten Sinema
Business Partner of the Year – OneAZ Credit Union
Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year – Ken Ford
Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year – Josiah Austin
North American Model Commissioner's Award – Micah White
The awards will be presented at the Commission's Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Highland Plaza, 11111 N. 7th Street in Phoenix.
The first Commission Awards event was held in January 1991. Since then, nearly 400 recipients have been recognized for their dedicated work toward securing Arizona's wildlife for generations to come.