Recreation is essential for individual, community and environmental health and wellbeing. Recreation in the North is a Means to a Greater Beginning (as described on CPRA’s website). The Community Recreation Leadership Program was developed, with generous support from the Arctic Inspiration Prize, as a meaningful and relevant training program to strengthen recreation capacity across the North.
Recreation North’s training program is a series of short learning events developed and delivered in the North, by the North, and for the North. Participants gain knowledge, skills and experience in the recreation field while living in Northern communities. Training is delivered online and through practical assignments. This means training costs less and fits with work and family commitments.
The Program is for emerging recreation leaders living in Yukon, NWT or Nunavut who have little or no formal training or education in recreation. An emerging leader works or volunteers, or may want to start working or volunteering, in community recreation.
A Pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program will run from October 2017 to May 2018. The Pilot, a small-scale “test” of the Program, will offer training for 25 participants. Participants who complete 10 learning events earn a certificate. Find more information here.
Effective June 2017, the partnership of the three territorial recreation and parks associations will be formally recognized as Recreation North. Through their commitment to strengthening recreation capacity and leadership, the associations will foster personal health and community well-being across the North.
Recreation North is led by the Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon (RPAY), the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA), and the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN). The partnership, formerly known as the Tri-Territorial Recreation Training (TRT) Project, was honoured to receive $600,000 from the Arctic Inspiration Prize in January 2016.
Read, Means to a Greater Beginning; Communities Coming Together, the story of Recreation North and the tri-territorial recreation training project.
It begins, “When David Clark left Rankin Inlet to play hockey, he couldn’t have known he would someday return to become the community’s recreation coordinator. In a career spent championing the efforts of others, the potential he sees in his community is still a source of excitement.”
The full story is found on the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association’s website.
An innovative collaborative from Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut was one of three finalists sharing the $1.5 million Arctic Inspiration Prize awarded last evening. Their unique tri-territorial training initiative was designed to enhance individual, community and environmental well-being through the power and potential of recreation.
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