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 June 4, 2015
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association
It’s officially June is Recreation & Parks Month! A whole month of celebrating and promoting the many benefits of recreation and parks. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see what FREE events are taking place this month in celebration of JRPM!


June is also Senior Citizens’ Month! Visit the NWT Senior’s Society webpage for more information. Click here for a poster to promote Senior Citizens’ Month.

CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS! Each year the NWTRPA presents awards to celebrate and recognize dedicated recreation professionals and volunteers in northern communities for their continuing efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and active living for all northerners.

Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. For more information please visit our Nominator’s Guide on our website. 

Get your applications in for the Elders in Motion Program! Applications will be approved based the number and quality of applications from each community and region, and on how well the following criteria is met:
  • The organization will plan, organize and run an Elders fitness program;
  • Priority will be given to groups that do not already have an exercise program for Elders;
  • Organizers must be willing to participate in the Elders programming workshop, the Active Living Exercise Program and the Balls and Balance workshops (more details on these workshops can be found at www.nwtrpa.org
  • The planned Elders group must plan to meet at least until March 2016 with plans to continue thereafter; and
  • The successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with the NWTRPA

The Fort Smith Paddling Club is hosting a Paddle Canada Canoe Tripping Instructor Course
When: June 26-29, 2015
Where: 4 Day Canoe-Trip on the Slave River (Meet in Fort Smith, NT)
Cost: $320/per course + Paddle Canada Membership ($80)
Must Register before June 1, 2015!
Contact Genevieve Cote for more information (slavepaddlefest@gmail.com | 867-872-8149).

The Fort Smith Paddling Club is hosting a Paddle Canada Moving Water Instructor Canoe Course
When: June 30-July 2, 2015
Where: On the Slave River (Meet in Fort Smith, NT)
Cost: $320/per course + Paddle Canada Membership ($80)
Must Register before June 1, 2015!
Contact Genevieve Cote for more information (slavepaddlefest@gmail.com | 867-872-8149).

NWTRPA is hosting a Paddle Canada Lake Canoe Instructor Tandem Course
When: June 14-17, 2015
Where: Yellowknife, NT
Instructor: Wendy Lahey
Questions can be directed to Jessica Dunkin, the On the Land Programs Consultant (669-8376 | jdunkin@nwtrpa.org).

Upcoming HIGH FIVE Courses: Principles of Healthy Childhood Development

  • Jun. 16 & 17 4 – 9PM hosted by the City of Yellowknife inYellowknife
  • Aug.10 9AM – 5PM hosted by the Department of ECE in Inuvik

There is space available in each of these sessions.  Contact nmccagg@nwtrpa.org to book your spot.

Host a HIGH FIVE Training in YOUR Community

Experiencing a training will help you understand what HIGH FIVE® is all about. For this exact reason, many organizations start out with HIGH FIVE by hosting a training! For more information about the process please contact your local HIGH FIVE representative.

Explore what trainings HIGH FIVE has to offer and which one you may want to host.

Call for applications for the 2015–2016 Youth Ambassador Program

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Northwest Territories (NWT) Youth Ambassador Program. The program provides NWT youth with opportunities to build leadership skills through participation at special events and volunteer assignments.  In the past, NWT Youth Ambassadors have attended the Arctic Winter Games, Canada Winter Games, Canada Summer Games and the North American Indigenous Games.

For more information on the Youth Ambassador Program, to apply online, or to download an application form, please visit www.nwtyouth.com.

Lifesaving Society’s AGM and Spring Symposium

Spring Symposium

Date: June 18, 2015
Time: 8:15am – 3:00pm
Location: Stanley Milner Library, Edmonton, Alberta
Theme: Staff Recruitment, Retention, Recognition and Youth Engagement. The Symposium is an opportunity to learn about aquatic industry initiatives, network with peers and to plan for the future.

This year’s Symposium features:

  • More Than A Job – Creating and Sustaining a Great Workplace: Marcie Chisholm, VP Human Resources, MacEwan University
  • Recruitment and Retention Strategies: Rob Campbell, Jody Ciccero, Jenna Frost, The City of Edmonton
  • Building Sustainable Staffing Communities in Aquatics: Shauna JacksonCrabb, YMCA of Northern Alberta
  • Industry Review – Hiring Qualified and Dedicated Aquatic Staff: Barbara Costache, Kelly Carter

To register click the following link http://www.lifesaving.org/member_services.php?page=773

Annual General Meeting and Branch Recognition Awards

Date: June 19, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Clare view Community Recreation Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

The Lifesaving Society annually recognizes members, who support the Society’s training programs and promote Water Smart® public education, at our Annual General Meeting and Branch Recognition Awards. Join us to hear highlights of the past year and meet the Board of Directors.

Session following AGM: Alberta Health Pool Standards Session: 1:00-3:00pm with Deb Mooney, Environmental Public Health Advisor, Alberta Heath

To register click the following link http://www.lifesaving.org/member_services.php?page=781