Kathy Crawford named group's "elected official of the year"

Republished from the Novi News

February 18, 2016: NOVI, MI -- State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, has been named the mParks “Elected Official of the Year” by the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA).

Crawford’s award will be presented at the MRPA’s annual Conference and Trade Show, which takes place Feb. 16-19 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City.

Crawford was inducted into the mParks Hall of Fame in 2015.

A press release from Crawford stated MRPA officials were impressed by Crawford’s record of support for park and recreation services throughout the state of Michigan.

“Your lifelong leadership, commitment and personal involvement in recreation, education and service to your community are exemplary,” MPRA officials wrote in a letter to Crawford. “Your enthusiastic support in promoting parks & recreation services has made Michigan a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.”




Crawford’s public service began in Oakland County, where she directed programming for more than 30 senior centers through the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, an organization that also employed Crawford to manage and train staff to provide a variety of programs for low-income families in Oakland County. She was one of the first senior directors to become certified in the state of Michigan.

Crawford served as Novi’s first Senior Citizen Director, where she created a program for older adults that featured transportation, social services, fitness opportunities, special events, performing groups and more. While in Novi, Crawford conceptualized, developed, planned and implemented the community’s first senior center. The facility was the first city-sponsored, affordable housing for older adults.

Crawford stated she is honored and humbled by the MRPA award.

“I remain a strong believer in promoting parks and recreation services because they are a critical economic tool to the overall health and recovery of all our local communities,” Crawford stated in the release. “I will continue to be a strong advocate for services to the ‘older adults’ community.”

Crawford represents the 38th District in the state House, which includes Novi, Novi Township, Lyon Township, South Lyon, Walled Lake and the Oakland County portion of the city of Northville.

Crawford is in her first term as a state representative. She previously served seven years as an Oakland County Commissioner and Novi City Councilwoman.

Kathy is married to Hugh Crawford, an Oakland County Commissioner. They’ve been married for 51 years. They have three grown children, Doug, Amy and Kelly; and four grandchildren, Alexis, Devin, Mya and Amina.