Recreation training helps me work with youth and my community…

A Pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program began in October 2017. Since that time, individuals from communities across the NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut participated in a variety of learning events delivered by Northern trainers.

Florence Pilon has lived in Mayo, Yukon most of her life; she presently works for the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun as a Youth Recreation Coordinator. She is one of ten individuals to earn her Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership and shared a bit about herself and her experience during the Pilot.

My favorite part of living and working in Mayo is the peopleā€”the youth and Elders who are so eager to assist when needed to make plans a success. Before my present position, I was Deputy Chief for two years and worked on a wellness plan for our First Nation. I like camping, fishing, different forms of art, and travelling, but my favorite hobbies are spending time with my family, sewing, and doing crafts!

In 2012, I began in my position as a Youth Recreation Coordinator. I love this job because it keeps me busy and I get to do a vast range of recreational activities. My goal is to help my community grow its recreation programs. I want to make an impact that I can be proud of.

I wanted to take the training offered by Recreation North because I realized that it would benefit my work with youth and my community. Sometimes community life can make it difficult to participate in training, but with Recreation North, help was just a phone call or email away.

The part of the training I really enjoyed was the conference calls where each person shared their own ideas and stories. I also appreciated the flexibility and the help I got with earning my certificate. This training has already helped me to better organize and offer events and activities for Mayo youth.