Recreation North’s Model for Training in Northern and Rural Communities

Last month, NWTRPA Executive Director Geoff Ray, and Recreation North Project Lead Caroline Sparks attended the Framework for Recreation in Canada Forum- Gathering Strength in Regina, Saskatchewan. The two were there to represent Recreation North and to deliver a presentation on the Community Recreation Leadership Program (CRLP), which just completed its pilot year at the end of April.  More than 50 recreation practitioners from across Canada were keen to learn how Recreation North had successfully utilized public, non-profit and private sector collaboration to provide high‐quality, relevant recreation training delivered in under‐resourced, rural, and remote regions.

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Doing the recreation training online was enjoyable…

Kelsey Hassard from the Village of Teslin, Yukon is a participant in the Community Recreation Leadership Program Pilot that began in October 2017. After completing the learning required to earn a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership, Kelsey shared some of her thoughts about the training experience.

I’m Kelsey Hassard, the recreation programmer for the Village of Teslin. I have held the position for just over a year now but I was born and raised in Teslin. It is good to be back in my home community helping out and making a real difference.

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The recreation training fit easily into my work schedule…

A Pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program that began in October 2017 wraps up in May 2018. Grace Bowers from the Town of Faro, Yukon is among the first of 25 individuals from communities across the NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut to fulfill the learning requirements and earn a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership. Below, Grace shares a bit about herself and how the training has helped her in her job.

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Meet the First Recipient of the Northern Recreation Leadership Certificate

Rob McPhie from Haines Junction, Yukon is the first participant to complete the Pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program

A Pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program began in October 2017. Since that time, 25 individuals from communities across the NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut have participated in up to 14 learning events delivered by seven northern trainers. Rob McPhie from Haines Junction, Yukon is the first of these learners to complete the Pilot and receive his certificate. We asked Rob to write something about himself and about the impact that the training has made on his work.

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Recreation North – What’s been going on with the Pilot?

Risk Management delivered in Dawson City in October 2017.

In October 2017, Recreation North launched the pilot of the Community Recreation Leadership Program with its first learning event, RF101 Introduction to Recreation Foundations. Since that time, 25 individuals from communities across the NWT, Yukon, and Nunavut have participated in more than 10 learning events delivered by seven northern trainers. All of the learning events (or mini-courses) were delivered online while some were also offered in-person. Online delivery of learning events allowed participants to train without interrupting the regular flow of their work and family life. Continue reading “Recreation North – What’s been going on with the Pilot?”

New community recreation training program open for applications

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.

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Recreation North’s New Brand


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.

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Recreation North – Our Story

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.

 

2015 Arctic Inspiration Prize Winner

INNOVATIVE TRI-TERRITORIAL TRAINING PROJECT FOR RECREATION LEADERS SHARES ARCTIC INSPIRATION PRIZE

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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