District Awards

2018

Operating Budget Excellence

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
Awarded to Padre Dam on February 7, 2018, for meeting the criteria established to achieve Operating Budget Excellence in the development of the Fiscal Years 2018 to 2022 Five Year Budget.

Capital Budget Excellence

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
Awarded to Padre Dam on February 7, 2018, for meeting the criteria established to achieve Capital Budget Excellence in the development of the Fiscal Years 2018 to 2022 CIP Budget.

Santee's Favorite - Hospitality & Recreation

Santee Chamber of Commerce
Through the Santee Chamber of Commerce's Favorite poll, the Santee Community voted Santee Lakes as "Favorite Hospitality and Recreation." The award was received at the February 22, 2018 Awards Ceremony.

Business of the Year - Entertainment & Recreation Industry

San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
Through a poll conducted by East County Chamber of Commerce, Santee Lakes was honored with the 2017 Business of the Year award, received at the February 24, 2018 Awards Ceremony.

Excellence in Design

The California Park and Recreation Society District 12
On March 20, 2018, Santee Lakes' Dynamic Vision Plan was recognized for exhibiting innovative and creative design in a recreation facility, providing good utilization of site for safety and operations, involving community groups and resources, meeting a variety of needs to benefit the community, and demonstrating creative use of materials, equipment, plants or other unique features.

Citation of Merit

The California Park and Recreation Society District 12
On March 20, 2018, Laura Koval, Director of Park and Recreation, was honored with the Citation of Merit Award for her outstanding efforts on the Santee Lakes Dynamic Vision Plan.

Community Outreach of the Year

California WateReuse Association
Padre Dam's East County Advanced Water Purification Program was recognized at the March 26, 2018 WateReuse Conference for outstanding efforts in Recycled Water Community Outreach and Public Education.

Excellence in Public Information & Communication

California Association of Public Information Officials
CAPIO honored Padre Dam with the top EPIC award in the special events category for the "Girls Scouts Water Journey with Padre Dam" program.

Award of Distinction

California Association of Public Information Officials
CAPIO honored Padre Dam with the Award of Distinction for the "Beer Starts with Water" outreach program in the Most Innovative category.

CITY OF SANTEE PROCLAMATION

On May 23, 2018, The City of Santee presented a proclamation expressing their appreciation to Padre Dam for allowing them to lease a building at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve for a nominal fee, saving the City $12,400 annually so the Santee Teen Center could flourish. 

Best Urban Forestry Project

California Urban Forestry 
On October 26, 2018, Santee Lakes was honored for significantly enhancing the urban forest by bringing the community together to plant trees and creating a consistent and well-managed urban forest.

2018 Women in leadership 

San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce 
On September 28, 2018 Laura Koval, Director of Parks & Recreation, was recognized with the Women in Leadership Award for her exemplary character, integrity and outstanding leadership in her career and throughout the community.

Woman of Distinction

Women in Leisure Services 
In October 2018, Laura Koval, Director of Parks & Recreation, was honored by the Women of Leisure Services Chi Kappa Rho, Inc. – Delta Chapter, for her contributions in helping members of the organization develop their career and mentoring the next generation of women business leaders.

2018 Plan-It green park of the year

ARVC National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds 
In November 2018, Santee Lakes was recognized for continuing to show leadership, innovation and commitment to running a green park. 

environmental stewardship

Better Business Bureau 
In December 2018, Santee Lakes earned BBB’s Environmental Stewardship Award for their commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices. The award is made possible by Better Business Bureau’s partnership with San Diego Gas and Electric.

Forward award  

California Public Employers Labor Relations Association 
In December 2018, Lisa Sorce, Director of Human Resources, was honored with the Forward Award for her outstanding leadership and contributions in human resources, as well as the innovative Management Readiness Program Ms. Sorce recently developed and implemented.


Past Awards