Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Conference Papers 2015

20 Years of Leadership Quality and Excellence

Papers from the Annual Education Forum

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Parks and Recreation Ontario
Collingwood, Ontario
March 24-27, 2015

(L)IN the Know: 10 Resources All Managers Should Have at their Fingertips

Whether you are a new manager or looking to move to the next level, this session introduces participants to some of the best resources...

20 Good Practices from Youth Friendly Communities

For the past 10 years, PlayWorks has been recognizing Youth Friendly Communities in Ontario. Now 20 good practices have been distilled from...

Adult Sport Leagues: Is your Community Missing this Revenue Opportunity?

In Oakville, municipally run adult sport leagues grew out of a need to mitigate the cost of new facilities as the community grew. The...

Advocating for Policy Change

Co-Presenters: Russ Powers, Past President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario; Diane English, Parks and Recreation Ontario...

Bringing Multisensory Environments to your Pool and Community Centre

Co-Presenters: Leslie Aziz, City of Mississauga; Samantha Malone, Kinark Child and Family Services  A grant opportunity...

Building a New Community Brand

Co-Presenters: Danielle Edwards and Tony Iavarone, Town of Halton Hills  The challenge: creating a unifying and meaningful...

Building Age Friendly Communities in Ontario

Co-Presenters: Paul D’Hollander, City of London; Darla Fraser, Town of Orangeville This presentation looks at the experiences and...

Building Brand Ambassadors in the Public Sector

In the new era of parks and recreation, agencies must focus efforts on leveraging public support. While social media initiatives by...

Canadian Sport for Life in the Municipal Context

Co-Presenters: Denita Arthurs, City of Kingston and Paul Jurbala, Canadian Sport for Life  Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a...

Centralize or Decentralize? Choosing and Implementing Reorganization

Given added responsibilities such as culture and tourism, recreation mandates have evolved; our operating model must evolve, too....

City of Hamilton’s Cross Collaboration Model for Recreation and Neighbourhoods

Co-Presenters: Deb Clinton, City of Hamilton, and Marianne Vrbanic and James O'Brien, Recreation Development Consultants The...

Creating A Workforce That’s Well

In July 2008, the City of St. John’s, NL partnered with its workforce to launch “Worksite Wellness Works.” The driving forces behind this...

Customer Service is Our Game

Co-Presenters: Martha Neely and Luke Hilts, City of Markham As a recreation practitioner, you are a leading expert in customer...

Enhancing Community Well-Being: The Collective Impact Opportunity

Collaboration—with funders, allies and community partners—is a significant part of accomplishing our work these days. But not all forms of...

Festivals and Events, from Tried and True to Trendy

Communities use festivals and events to engage, celebrate and inspire. As the world changes, so do these events, adapting to shifting...

Fitness Trends, Family Fitness and Quality Programs

Co-Presenters: Dawn DiNoto, City of Toronto; LJ Bartle, HIGH FIVE®, Michelle Kerr, City of London, and Rod Macdonald, canfitpro...

How Community Fundraising can Deliver Outstanding Accessible Parks

In just 16 months, the Township of Centre Wellington (population 30,000) built two of Ontario’s largest Accessible Destination parks. What’...

IMPACT Ajax: Social Infrastructure Fund Unleashes Creativity

Co-Presenters: Robert Gruber and Cayla S. Da Silva, Town of Ajax  Thanks to IMPACT Ajax, the Town of Ajax's new Social...

Investing in Play that Lasts a Lifetime

Co-Presenters: Pierre Harrison, International Play Association (Canada), and Heather Cowie, City of Calgary  This presentation...

Keeping Aquatic Settings Safe: Legalities and Realities

Co-Presenters: Michael Shane, Lifesaving Society, and Gary Sanger, City of Toronto  Most public aquatic settings in Ontario are...

Leading Participatory Training Workshops

Co-Presenters: Norma McDonald-Ewing and Jodi Murray, Conestoga College   What makes training workshops engaging and participative?...

Lifecycle Program Development

Many programs have a lifecycle, moving from conceptualization and development to maturation and finally decline. As a result, program...

Linking Resiliency and Recreation: A Proactive Approach to Children’s Mental Health

What does it take to build resiliency in children? Where does recreation fit in? This interactive session helps equip you and your staff...

Make Numbers Count: Using Statistical Analysis in Program Development

Co-Presenters: Marek Holke and Juanita Bueschleb Have you been shooting in the dark when developing new program ideas? Are your...

Making Connections: Expansion Plans for Ontario Trails

Co-Presenters: Anna Ilnyckyj and Steven Boyd, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; Doug Gore, Ontario Trillium Foundation;...

Marketing and Communications as an Economic Development Tool

In cooperation with a variety of economic development partners, the Town of Collingwood has embarked on a comprehensive marketing plan....

Marketing Recreation Services to the Primary Household Purchaser

With over 85% of household purchases traditionally being made by one family member, understanding the trigger points to encourage this...

Moving from Grey to Green: Public Spaces as Green Infrastructure

Co-Presenters: Deborah Martin-Downs and Christine Zimmer, Credit Valley Conservation  Bringing Canada’s aging drinking water,...

Municipal Asset Management: What will the Province Require?

The Ontario government has committed to developing a municipal infrastructure strategy, recognizing that more work is needed in concert...

New On-Line Resource for Planning and Evaluating Physical Activity Programs

Co-Presenters: Nancy Dubois, Health Promotion Consultant, and Kerry Kelly, Leisure Information Network This presentation demonstrated the...

Offering Low-Cost Recreation Opportunities in Green Spaces

Co-Presenters: Laura Rolph and Donna Kosior, City of Hamilton  This presentation looks at how the City of Hamilton is expanding...

Partnering to Provide Affordable After School Care . . . and More

Co-Presenters: Bernice Landry, Regional Municipality of York and Panel Members - Mary Creighton, City of Markham; Jason Malone, Town...

Planning Recreation Services for Smaller Communities

Human and financial resources can seem stretched to the limit in municipalities of any size. In smaller communities, this feeling at times...

Public Policy Update: What’s Next for Parks and Recreation?

Co-Presenters: Michael Cleland and Diane English, Parks and Recreation Ontario  In the months since the 2014 Ontario election...

Raising the Grade: A Panel on Improving Physical Activity Among Children and Youth

Co-Presenters: Kerry Kelly, Leisure Information Network; Mark Trembley, CHEO Research Institute; Panel, After School Service Providers...

Rejuvenating Community Infrastructure through Performance Partnerships

Co-Presenters: Lynn Loubert, City of London; Jim Fonger and Rob Davidson, Ameresco   In these tight budget times, keeping...

Roundtable on Trends in Sport

Co-Presenters: Jeff Carmichael, Now Recreation and Sports, and Eugene Todd, Recreation and Sport Consultant  Where does...

Scoping, Evaluating and Selecting Recreation Registration Software

Co-Presenters: Darryl McWilliam, Town of Oakville, Andy Nguyen, City of Mississauga, and Scott Oldham, City of London Increasingly,...

Securing Parks and Trails to Expand Economy, Tourism and Community Benefits

Co-Presenters: Patrick Connor, Ontario Trails Council; Robert Orland, Orland Conservation  While residents, visitors and...

Sponsorship 101: Entering the Sponsorship Game

Drawing from work with blue chip clients and communities across the country, this session defines what sponsorship is—and what it isn’t. It...

Supporting Neighbourhood Organizers for a Stronger City

Co-Presenters: Karen Oldham and Vanessa Kinsley, City of London  Neighbourhoods are about people partnering up to make great...

Tapping the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

Co-Presenters: Steven Boyd and Leslie Charlton, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities...

The Ethics of Pricing

Ethics sits at the heart of all debates and policies regarding pricing decisions in your municipality. It’s crucial to come to consensus on...

The Highs and Lows of Partnerships

Co-Presenters: Rob Armstrong, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka; Marta Proctor, Town of Gravenhurst  Over the years, agencies have begun...

The Leadership Vortex

The Leadership Vortex is an approach to assessing and developing the patterns of behaviour necessary to be a leader in any field. Using a...

The Stages of Recreation Facility Planning and Design

Co-Presenters: Matthew Delean, Principal, Architecture49 Inc., and Jim Morgenstern, dmA Planning and Management Services ...

Trillium Foundation: A Perfect Marriage of Strategy and Investment

Co-Presenters: Doug Gore and Blair Dimock, Ontario Trillium Foundation  This presentation explores the close alignment of the...

Truth or Fiction? Understanding the Business Side of Aquatics Program Delivery

Co-Presenters: Brian Connors, City of Woodstock; Juanita Bueschleb, City of Brampton   In aquatics, what does “full” really...

Turf Wars: Natural or Artificial?

Are you debating whether to top your next sports field with synthetic or natural turf? Although artificial turf does not need mowing,...

Universal Accessibility and its Impact on Design and Planning

Co-Presenters: Albert Paquette and Val Rogojine With Ontario’s new accessibility code taking effect next year, accessibility in building...

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