Community Leaders Retreat

The NWTRPA Community Leaders Retreat & Certificate is a highly interactive, informative and idea provoking educational event. Both experienced and new community leaders will benefit from learning how their role is important to the success of parks and recreation services across the territory.

The goal of the Community Leaders Retreat & Certificate is to provide increased awareness and knowledge of best practices of pre-selected topics, offer events that are fun and allow for interaction, and focus attention on the benefits of recreation among participants.

2017 Community Leaders Retreat

The 2017 Community Leaders Certificate is offered by NWT Recreation and Parks Association in collaboration with the Campus for Communities for Communities of the Future.

WHEN: March 8-10, 2017

WHERE: Blachford Lake Lodge

WHO: Staff and volunteers, with or without a formal title, who are currently or want to play a stronger role as a community leader. It is geared to those from a variety of sectors e.g. health, social services, recreation, economic development, education, justice, libraries, elected officials, tourism, arts, environment etc. who are committed to working with others to strengthen leadership and innovation, and ultimately, the capacity and resiliency in their communities.

REGISTRATION: This retreat is valued at $1,500 per person.  A special rate of $750 is made possible as a result of the generosity of the NWT/NU Lotteries. The applicants fee of $750 + GST will be due upon notification of acceptance. (You must be a member to apply. If you are not currently a member you will be charged an additional $25 for your annual membership.)Retreat reservations will not be held until payment is received. Upon successful completion of the Community Leader Certificate, participants will receive a $300 refund.

The deadline to apply is January 20, 2017. (the deadline to apply has now passed)



  • Return flights to Blachford Lake Lodge from Yellowknife
  • Shared accommodations in cabins
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments (including juice, coffee, tea, home-baked goods and fruits)
  • Access to facilities including outdoor hot-tub, sauna, trails, tipi
  • Access to outdoor recreation equipment including skis and boots, snowshoes, skates, fishing equipment

** Travel subsidies may be available on a first serve basis. Contact the NWTRPA at 669-8377 for more information.


  1. Advance Preparation (5-10 hours) must be completed by February 10.
  2. Retreat Attendance at Blatchford Lodge (March 8-10)
  3. Post Agenda (25-30 hours over 3 months for peer to peer learning and assignments). Practical assignments are directly related to the retreat learnings which will be applied within the community of each participant. Peer to peer learning is designed to support ongoing growth and development as a Community of Practice with your cohorts and will take place online or via conference calls.


  • Have an increased understanding of the key role played by community building and community development;
  • Be better equipped to serve as a catalyst for positive community change;
  • Gain a sense of community with other NWT community leaders, and;
  • Have an opportunity for respite, relaxation, and reflection.


  1. Tools for exploring leadership and learning styles.
  2. How global, national, and local trends are impacting our communities.
  3. Utilizing outcome measurement.
  4. Using social marketing to raise the profile and position the benefits of community building.
  5. The key role of community building.
  6. Tools and resources for leading collective impact and transformative change.


Brenda Herchmer is the owner of Grassroots Enterprises and the Principal Collaborator and Founder of a social enterprise called Campus for Communities of the Future.

Her primary work involves training and consulting as it relates to community building and collective impact and the change process and leadership it requires.

She recently served as the director of Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s (ARPA) ACECommunities initiative which was responsible for supporting change initiatives in over 60 rural and remote Alberta communities.

Brenda previously worked for the Boys and Girls Club, the City of Niagara Falls, and taught in the Recreation and Leisure Services Program at Niagara College where she also founded and managed the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership.

Brenda is an avid blogger, author of three books, and was acknowledged as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in Training and Education.

2015 Community Leaders Retreat Slideshow

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