Johanna Elliot: A Champion For Recreation at Every Level
For over 20 years the NWTRPA, through our Awards Program, has been celebrating and recognizing recreation professionals and volunteers in northern communities for their continuing efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and active living for all northerners. This, the second in a series of profiles on past NWTRPA Award Winners, features Johanna Elliot, the winner of the 2017 CPRA Award of Merit.
Johanna has a long history of service to recreation Territoriality and Nationally through her involvement on the Boards of Directors of the NWTRPA, Canadian Recreation Facilities Council and Canadian Parks & Recreation Association, as well as on various committees of those organizations. Johanna has also volunteered her time for various Yellowknife amateur sport organizations as a parent of active children in the community. Johanna has made herself available as one of the most knowledgeable people in the NWT about aquatics to any community that contacts her with questions or requests for training in aquatics. At some point, she has provided the training for almost all aquatics centres and supervisors in the NWT and has been a key delivery partner for NWTRPA programs as well as a knowledgeable champion of programs from the Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, Swim Canada, and many others.
- Why is recreation important to you?
I find that recreation is a great way to build connections and become involved in your community. “Playtime” is important for everyone!
- What are your favourite ways to stay active?
I enjoy the gym, walking, fishing with family and volleyball.
- What is one random fact about yourself?
I read….a lot! Any book recommendations?
- What would be the hardest thing for you to give up for a week?
- If you could have any superpower what would it be?
To teleport and avoid long drives. My husband says I already have this power because I just sleep in the passenger seat until we are there!