A big night for the NWTRPA & Partners!
INNOVATIVE TRI-TERRITORIAL TRAINING PROJECT FOR RECREATION LEADERS SHARES
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 wellbeing through the power and potential of recreation.
Nominated by Olympic cyclist Zach Bell, and led by the Recreation Parks and Association of Yukon (RPAY), the collaborative of non-profits, governments, and a social enterprise received $600,000 in funding to develop and deliver sustainable training for staff and volunteer leaders who serve as recreation coordinators and directors, youth leaders, board members, coaches, fitness leaders, camp counsellors, and after school leaders in the North.
The Tri-Territorial Recreation Training Program builds on community knowledge and successes and provides the foundational competencies needed to build community and help address our Northern challenges. Recreation leaders will be better able to engage citizens in organizing and delivering recreation and sport events, festivals, and the visual and performing arts that provide opportunities for self-expression, social interaction and civic pride.
In accepting the Arctic Inspiration Prize, Geoff Ray, Executive Director of NWTRPA said, “By investing in recreation leadership and developing a culture of learning, we are investing in our future. We envision a future of citizen engagement, shared leadership, individual responsibility and social accountability and thank the Arctic Inspiration Prize for investing in our vision.”