Tina Spencer, a certified Level 1 and Level 2 kayak instructor for the Niagara Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has received one of the agency’s highest honors, the Special Achievement Award for 2015. Spencer of Niagara Falls, was recognized for her efforts to develop a highly successful kayaking program for the parks in the Niagara Region. The award was presented by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey at a ceremony in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 16.
Spencer’s work led to the development of a kayak program to not only introduce kayaking to people who were thinking about purchasing a kayak , but to offer a beginner’s course to teach people the necessary skills to safely kayak. In 2015, Spencer reached 300 participants with her program.
Tina Spencer, center, receives the 20165 Special Achievement Award from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey (right) and Deputy Commissioner Andy Beers (left).