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 people—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.