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.
I’m Grace Bowers. I was born and raised in Faro, Yukon but, as many Yukoners do, moved away for 15 years. But there’s something special about the Yukon. So in 2008, my son and I started coming back regularly to visit. Last year, we decided to move back permanently because Faro is where we belong.
In May 2017, I began working at the Faro Recreation Centre as a programmer. During that first month, I was invited to join a presentation about a pilot program for recreation leaders at the AYC (Association of Yukon Communities) convention being hosted in Faro. I was very excited, but also nervous and intimidated. I was worried about all the training and the time that it would take when I already had a pile of program planning on my to-do list.
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.
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.
Feedback received from learners about the program has been positive. Assignments are helpful and applicable to learners’ jobs; trainers are supportive and understanding; and the connections made to other recreation leaders has been beneficial in many ways. Learners expressed surprise that so many of the challenges they faced were also faced by recreation leaders in other communities. This led to the learning events being used as a platform for exchanging ideas on how to overcome these challenges.Continue reading “Recreation North – What’s been going on with the Pilot?”
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.
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.