A successful journey to a Certificate in Northern Recreation Management

Learners who got on board for the “next leg of the Recreation North learning journey” in October 2020 can be proud of their achievements (and collection of new badges) as they complete the Certificate in Northern Recreation Management this spring. The new Certificate adds another layer that builds on participants’ prior learning and/or experiences, and deepens their understanding of recreation in the North. Caroline Sparks, Recreation North’s Learning Consultant, designed the new Certificate program to enhance critical thinking and awareness of important topics like legal risk, evaluation, and volunteer management. The new advanced learning events (courses) follow the familiar “2 by 2 by 2” format (with two weeks, two conference calls, and two required learning activities) and include some that extend two weeks longer and require a bit more research, reading, analysis, and discussion than core learning events.

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Listen and Learn: Conference Calls in Online Learning

Many people choose online learning because it offers access and flexibility. The Recreation North training program offers recreation leadership training in short online courses (micro-learning) that allow people from rural and remote locations to participate and develop valuable knowledge and skills without leaving their jobs and community life.

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Carmacks Tests Team Approach to Leadership Learning

Learning online can be challenging at times—trying to stay motivated, on schedule, and completing assignments while working to provide recreation opportunities to your community is no easy task. But when you are new to a job, or your job or workplace changes, it can be even harder to keep up. The Carmacks Recreation Department has faced a great deal of change in the recent past. When the Recreation North Training Program became available, CAO Tracy Thomas encouraged Sherry Whittle, the Acting Recreation Director at the time, to enroll in the online leadership training alongside staff members Jamie Birckel, Recreation Assistant, and Trisha Johnnie, After School Program Coordinator. The flexibility of the design and the focus on leadership skills that would be immediately useful in Northern communities made the training a great fit.

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Developing a Network of Northern Learners

Sharing passions, exchanging experiences and ideas, exploring new concepts, and developing critical recreation leadership skills and knowledge – that’s what 72 individuals across the North have been doing since November last year!  From Whale Cove (Tikirarjuaq) to Whitehorse, criss-crossing communities in Nunavut, NWT and Yukon, a diverse group of people interested in the potential of recreation have been engaging with each other and learning online.

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