Resident receives parks and recreation award

By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., Nov. 26, 2012
(L-r) Recreation Manager Cheryl Hancin, Katherine Kosiba and First Selectman Gregg Schuster. Photos by Jason Harris.
(L-r) Recreation Manager Cheryl Hancin, Katherine Kosiba and First Selectman Gregg Schuster. Photos by Jason Harris.

A Colchester resident received an award from the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association during a luncheon at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center on Nov. 20. Katherine Kosiba, who has lived in town for the past 12 years, won the ABCD award, for which she was nominated by the town's recreation manager, Cheryl Hancin.

Kosiba was nominated for all the things she does for the community, Hancin said, adding that she felt she had to nominate Kosiba when she saw that the category was looking for someone who was outstanding in the community. “She came to mind before I finished reading the paragraph,” Hancin said.

There are more than 130 member towns in the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association, and there were many candidates vying for the ABCD award. Award presenter Alex Paluzzi said the ABCD award winner had to be someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and has made an outstanding contribution to the field of public recreation and parks that significantly has a stimulating effect on recreation in a town, city or state.

“Katherine has given in countless ways to improve the town of Colchester through hard work, numerous volunteer hours and a commitment to excellence,” Paluzzi said. “She gives her time selflessly to improving her community.”

Paluzzi also said that Kosiba is president of the Colchester Garden Club, which donates numerous hours to beautify the town's greens and gardens and she is co-chair of the Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester, having obtained the National Wildlife Federation Certification for Colchester in January of 2010. She said that the town was the first one in the state to be the recipient of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Green Circle Award, due to Kosiba's certification efforts.

“Katherine has done so much for Colchester that this award is so well deserved,” said First Selectman Gregg Schuster. “Every time we’ve involved her or asked her to do something, she’s been an enthusiastic participant. The amount of energy that she brings to the town is unbelievable.”

Colchester Parks and Recreation specialist Amanda Herzog said Kosiba is a busy woman who has done so much for the town.

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