Lyle Davis Community Engagement Award
About Lyle Davis:
This award was established to honour Lyle Davis, who was an inspirational member of and instructor in the Recreation Management program (now Community Development) in the 1970s and 1980s. It is presented to a returning Community Development student who demonstrates the exceptional qualities for which Lyle Davis will be remembered. Lyle was an inspirational leader who embodied an active lifestyle. He was optimistic, fun-loving, deeply connected to others, and lived life fully.
Lyle Davis fulfilled many different roles in the Recreation Management program and more broadly at Acadia before his life ended tragically in 1991 in an accident in Lake Louise. He died while engaged in the outdoors pursuits he so loved and enjoyed. The claim can never be made that he wasted one minute of his all too brief life. One way that Lyle found to share and acquire knowledge was through voluntary work on a variety of local, provincial and regional organizations. Although he was well versed with academic knowledge and teachings, his objective was to always apply such knowledge to community settings. He has a deep understanding of the concept and value of community, and contributed to weaving the fabric of every community to which he belonged by giving freely of his personal assets and motivating/inspiring others to do so as well.
He is survived by his wife and partner Marla, and their three children. The family, alumni and faculty in the Community Development program have worked together to endow a modest award for the student who receives this award each year.