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Nature Conservancy of Canada launches P.E.I. volunteers program

Added on Apr 24, 2017

To mark Earth Day and National Volunteer Week, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is launching its 2017 Conservation Volunteers Program, which provides opportunities throughout the summer to get directly involved in NCC’s hands-on wildlife habitat restoration and stewardship projects.

“Volunteers are an important part of our efforts to protect nature,” said Courtney Thompson, Volunteer Program co-ordinator. “We are inviting Islanders of all ages to help us build nesting boxes, and clean up our beaches and shorelines. By giving a few hours of their time, our volunteers help wildlife and have a great time outdoors while they are at it.”

The Guardian

Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day: Call for Presenters: Deadline May 15, 2017

Added on Apr 20, 2017

The Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day will be held Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg.

The workshops are designed to provide Therapeutic Recreation professionals with tools, resources, and practical information they can use within their respective facilities, programs and/or profession.

Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program - Deadline May 26, 2017

Added on Apr 19, 2017

The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with more than 85 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada to deliver safe, fun and educational programming for Aboriginal children and youth. Each uniquely tailored play-based program is designed to enhance educational outcomes, improve peer-to-peer relationships, increase employability and improve physical and mental health amongst Aboriginal children and youth.

By applying for the PLAY Program your community and/or urban organization can receive:

  • Financial support to pay for up to half a local youth worker's salary to implement the PLAY Program;
  • Financial support to pay for up to $8000 in program expenses;
  • Specialized coaching and training from Right To Play staff;
  • Extensive professional development opportunities for youth workers including participation in three workshops with other PLAY Program youth workers from across the country.

Recreation centre to be modernized thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and Quebec

Added on Apr 19, 2017

Thanks to joint government funding from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, the Town of Coaticook will be able to upgrade the Gérard-Couillard recreation centre. The Town of Coaticook will also invest more than $ 1.1 million to bring the total government and municipal investment to more than $3.3 million. The project involves replacing the refrigeration system, adding a first-aid facility, building and renovating the change rooms, and replacing the ice rink's boards and windows. 

CNW News Release

Nominate your active transportation program for Landmark designation: Deadline June 5

Added on Apr 10, 2017

Nominate your active / sustainable transportation program for Landmark designation! The nomination form, which can be downloaded from must be submitted by June 5, 2017. Designations will be announced by October 2017, and case study webinars will be presented between January and June 2018.


  • Professional Recognition and Visibility
  • Documentation of Your Work
  • Contribution to your Professional Community
  • Expert Review: You'll get frank, confidential program review comments and suggestions from the selection panel members, who are experts in a range of related backgrounds. All nominations that are presented to the panels receive a complete list of unattributed panel comments. For many nominees, this is the most valuable benefit. Designation as a Landmark case study recognizes behavior change / social marketing approaches and programs considered to be among the most successful in the world.

The designated programs gain exposure, credibility and free, on-line program case study materials, which can make it easier for them to maintain or increase program funding. Each designated approach / program is featured in a case study webinar. A video and transcript of the webinar, and a written case study based on the webinar, are publicly available after the webinar. Program organizers can use the Landmark logo to indicate their designation.

When used on your website or in electronic newsletters, a unique embedded HTML code provides direct click-through access to your program's online case study materials. Selected nominations are published on the Tools of Change website even if they have not been designated.

For more details and to view Landmark case studies designated in past years, go to or contact: Jay Kassirer, General Manager, Tools of Change President, Cullbridge Marketing and Communications, 2699 Priscilla Street, Ottawa ON Canada K2B 7E1, 613-224-3800 1-800-262-0934 x1

Try our free, widely-acclaimed social marketing toolkit and case study bank at

Collaborative to Support 35 On The Land Projects in 2017

Added on Apr 7, 2017

This year, the NWT On The Land Collaborative will distribute $634,845 to 35 projects across the territory that connect NWT residents with their land, culture, and community. On the land programs promote community, family, and individual wellbeing, and are vital to healthy ecosystems and economies. 

Funded projects range from support for a canoe trip for grade nine students, for healing and wellness camps for youth in Rádeyįlįkóé (Fort Good Hope), Trails on the Land, a 10-day trip beginning in Tuktoyaktuk that will take youth and elders through the traditional hunting territory of their ancestors; a land-based youth mentorship project coordinated by the Deh Gah Gotine First Nation; a boating program for Tłįchǫ youth that teaches traditional knowledge and skills; and a hide tanning camp in Łutsel K’e. In addition to financial support, funded projects may also receive equipment, training, and program support.

Media Release

Collingwood pilot project for healthy snacks in recreation facilities

Added on Apr 7, 2017

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) will be installing a new healthy vending machine, paid for by the HKCC, that offers healthy food options in a pilot project at a Collingwoood arena. HKCC co-ordinator Jennifer Parker said the refrigerated machine would offer perishable foods such as apples, oranges, yogurt and cheese, as well as packaged items that meet certain health requirements. Parker said they also want to encourage visitors to drink water by offering water refill stations and possibly selling water bottles.

John Edwards, Collingwood Connection

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal: Move4Age Mobility Study - Seeking Participants

Added on Apr 6, 2017

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is currently reaching out to organizations/groups across Canada to help recruit middle-aged and older adults who may be interested in participating in the study. The purpose of the study is to determine if using the Portal, mobility-specific email alerts and/or social media (Twitter and/or Facebook) changes what adults over 40 know, intend to do, and do to increase and maintain mobility, as well as the uptake and satisfaction with these strategies.

Protect spaces for sport and promote physical activity, says report on global goals

Added on Apr 6, 2017

Governments and local authorities that invest in sport can help to reduce spiralling health costs and promote education, social cohesion and gender equality, according to a new report from the Commonwealth.

Protecting green spaces in towns and cities, ring-fencing school budgets for physical education, and empowering women and girls through sport, are among a set of policy prescriptions in the report published on April 6th, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

The Commonwealth Secretariat guidebook, Enhancing the Contribution of Sport to the Sustainable Development Goals, proposes a raft of interventions to help countries achieve global targets in health, education, social inclusivity and gender equality by using sport as a tool.

Commonwealth Secretariat

Call for Presentations - ARPA 2017 Conference: Deadlines - Apr 12 and June 5

Added on Apr 3, 2017

The 2017 ARPA Conference Program Committee is currently inviting submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the conference. The General Call deadline is April 12th and the Connecting Through Research call deadline is June 5th.