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HIGH FIVE® Training now recognized by the Coaching Association of Canada as Professional Development

Added on Mar 24, 2017

HIGH FIVE® and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), have joined to announce that HIGH FIVE training is being recognized as professional development (PD) within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they are required to obtain PD points. They can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, and the recent collaboration with HIGH FIVE offers increased opportunities and access for continued, life-long learning. Coaches who have taken HIGH FIVE training as of January 1st , 2016 or afterwards will have it recognized as PD points, and furthermore, towards the maintenance of their NCCP certification.

HIGH FIVE® and Coaching Association of Canada News Release

CPRA Applauds Federal Government Commitment to Parks and Recreation Opportunities for Canadians

Added on Mar 23, 2017

"The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) applauds the federal government’s leadership in ensuring Canadians have access to the benefits of parks and recreation. Multiple commitments outlined in the federal budget today [March 22] demonstrate a government that values parks and recreation and the health and wellness it provides Canadians.

The federal government’s investments align with the five goals of the Framework for Recreation – a document that is a call to action in the pursuit of common priorities in the sector. The five goals include: Active Living; Inclusion and Access: Connecting People and Nature; Supportive Environments; and Recreation Capacity. Today’s federal budget speaks to each of these goals."

CPRA Press Release

Why US communities should be designing parks for older adults

Added on Mar 20, 2017

This US-based article compares US parks, which tend to reflect a bias toward the young with playgrounds, soccer fields, etc., to parks in several other countries which include design features to attract older users, such as with walking trails, exercise equipment and stations, and impromptu exercise classes.

Jay Maddock, The Conversation

Canada Post Community Foundation for Children - Grant deadline April 5, 2017

Added on Mar 17, 2017

Funding from the Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is now available. The annual grant application process is open, and the deadline to receive applications is April 5, 2017. Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are invited to apply for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to support initiatives that benefit children.

Wintertime Green Shacks bring back organized play to Edmonton city parks

Added on Mar 16, 2017

Wintertime play options has come to some Edmonton parks as the City of Edmonton has turned the seasonal Green Shack program into a roving year-round program. From September until June, eight different green shacks will rotate through parks around town. Each will be there for a month, open one day on the weekend, and two days a week after school. Play options include building snow castles, snowshoeing, or flashlight tag during the dark December days.

Margeaux Morin, Global News

First Nations to have greater role in parks: federal environment minister

Added on Mar 13, 2017

Speaking at a recent parks conference, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said indigenous protected areas will be one way Canada meets its international goal of conserving 17 per cent of its land by 2020. Such areas are regions singled out for conservation by local First Nations and identified through self-government agreements or land claims. They would also be managed and monitored by the bands.

The land would be given some form of legal status through legislation. That would allow it to count toward Canada’s 2020 goal, a promise it made in 2010 under the international Convention on Biological Diversity.

Bob Weber, Canadian Press

New recreation centre brings youth and elders together on Saulteaux First Nation

Added on Mar 13, 2017

Youth on the Saulteaux First Nation, Sask., have a new place where they can go hang out, connect with elders and just be themselves. The 4,000-square foot facility was funded through own-sources revenues and a federal grant. 

CBC News

Alberta First Nation makes top 10 for Kraft Hockeyville contest

Added on Mar 9, 2017

First Nations community Maskwacis has been chosen as a top 10 finalist for the Kraft Hockeyville contest. If chosen as the winner, the community will receive $100,000 to upgrade the Neyaskweyahk Arena and get to host a pre-season NHL game. Hockey is so popular in Maskwacis that a few years ago a second rink had to be built to accommodate the 235 players from the community, said Ermineskin Chief Randy Ermineskin, who submitted the application to Kraft.

Stephanie Cram, CBC News

Hamilton’s transgender protocol will impact city’s recreation facilities, says Councillor

Added on Mar 9, 2017

Hamilton politicians celebrated the unanimous approval of its new gender identity protocol that has been called the “cutting edge of best practice.” The protocol will allow individuals to have the right to access gender-segregated facilities based on their self-identified gender identity; allow individuals to be addressed by their preferred name and referred to by pronouns according to the individual’s self-identified gender identity; where possible the city will provide an all-gender, single stall washroom and change room facility; and training and education for all staff.

Kevin Werner,

S'cool Life Fund! - Deadline March 31, 2017

Added on Mar 7, 2017

Available to Canadian non-tuition public elementary schools (K-8).

Since launching in 2005, the S'Cool Life Fund has provided grants for 975 D.R.E.A.M.S. (Drama, Recreation, Extra-Curricular, Arts, Music, or Sports) projects across the country worth almost $2.6million helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8).