Recreation North’s training program is fun and valuable

Courtney Terriah recently completed the Recreation North Training Program.  Courtney lives in Whitehorse, YT and earned a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership in October 2020. Courtney shared a bit about herself.

Hello! My name is Courtney Terriah and I am a Youth Recreation Support Worker for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. I live, work, and play on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council in Whitehorse, Yukon.

One of the best parts about my job is getting to take youth out on the Land. Whether it be mountain biking, canoe tripping, skiing, berry picking or searching for insect pollinators, time spent in nature is never wasted. I’m a student at Yukon University, studying Renewable Resources Management. I’m also working on my certificate in Northern Recreation Management, and 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training. My favourite things include books, skiing, paddling, biking, filling my brain with knowledge, and my husky, Poppy.

My experience with Recreation North’s training program was so fun and valuable that I didn’t want it to end—so I signed up for more! I thought that the learning was directly applicable to working in Northern communities. I enjoyed hearing stories and learning from students all over the North, including Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. I thought that the instructors were very supportive and knowledgeable. I will be using aspects from all of the learning events in my career, especially in planning, reporting, advertising, and delivery of Recreation programs. Any time I faced a challenge I could reach out to an instructor who was responsive and always willing to lend a hand. Thank you!

I would recommend this course to anyone working in the Recreation sector.

I would advise setting aside 3 hours per week to dedicate to the assignments and conference calls. If you have more time, the better! The resources shared in the learning events are aptly selected.

Do your best to read through all the documents and watch all the videos to get the most out of the experience.