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Saskatchewan provincial parks receive investment

Added on Jun 27, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan announced on Wednesday that it is investing nearly $1 million into water and wastewater system upgrades in three provincial parks to help to meet the increased demand for services in these parks.

“Our provincial parks continue to have increasing levels of visitation every year,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. “Projects like these provide important infrastructure to support those visits and continue to provide high quality visitor experiences.”

Estevan Mercury

Regional District of the Central Okanagan parks trails - uniform naming/rating system and profile

Added on Jun 27, 2016

Seven RDCO parks trails are now designated with names and rating signs so that visitors can see a degree of difficulty on a particular trail, as well as trail profiles giving a visual snapshot of elevation changes and other features over the length of the trails. Trail names also recognize the syilx/Okanagan culture and the RDCO has been collaborating with cultural services staff at Westbank First Nation and Sncəwips Heritage Museum to develop and translate trail names in both English and the Okanagan nsyilxcǝn language.

Kelowna Capital News

MLSE Giving Police $50,000 To Help At-Risk Youth Play Sports

Added on Jun 24, 2016

The MLSE Foundation, the charitable arm behind professional sports franchises the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies, recently awarded its Community Action Grant of $50,000 to the ProAction Cops & Kids program, a charity that matches police officers with at-risk youth in a variety of sports and recreational activities. The MLSE Foundation's purpose is to support kids through sports and recreation through programs such as its Kickstart Soccer program, Hockey in the Neighbourhood, and Play Partnership, which supports more than 3,000 Aboriginal youth in weekly sport programming.

ProAction will be using the money for its Bridging Communities and Police through Athletics Expanded program (BCPA), a multi-sport initiative to build stronger relationships between the police and the youth community. 

Aaron Brophy, Samaritan Mag

Online recreation map unveiled for Thunder Bay

Added on Jun 23, 2016

Several partners in Thunder Bay, including the city, district health unit and the local chapter of the province's Healthy Kids Community Challenge, have launched an online recreation map for the city. The tool promotes both city and privately-run events year-round with focus on free, low-cost activities and organizations can add or edit their information on the map.

CBC News

Victoria Foundation Community Grants: Application deadline August 15

Added on Jun 21, 2016

Victoria Foundation community grants are made to address the needs of community across five broad areas of interest: 1) Arts, Culture & Heritage; 2) Community Services; 3) Education; 4) Environment; 5) Health & Recreation

All applications must address a Vital Signs issue area identified in the Victoria Foundation’s Victoria’s Vital Signs® report, which serves as the annual report card on the vitality and wellbeing of our community. The 12 issue areas are: Arts & Culture, Belonging & Engagement, Economy, Environment, Getting Started, Health & Wellness, Housing, Learning, Safety, Sports & Recreation, Standard of Living, and Transportation.

Sport Canada Supports Refugee Children's Sport Participation Through Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

Added on Jun 20, 2016

The Government of Canada recently announced $450,000 in additional support to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities (CTJS). This funding, provided through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, provides children from refugee and immigrant families with the opportunity to enjoy organized sport and recreation activities with other kids in their new communities. 

MarketWired News

Here's why you shouldn't pressure kids to be successful in only one sport

Added on Jun 20, 2016

Wellness Rewards App Rolls Into Newfoundland & Labrador

Added on Jun 16, 2016

Carrot Rewards, a free mobile app that rewards Canadians for living healthier lives, launched recently in NL, and is the second province to do so. Harnessing the popularity of loyalty points and the prevalence of smartphones, Carrot Rewards allows users to earn points from participating loyalty programs for making better lifestyle choices.

Carrot Rewards was developed with the support of founding partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Health. Other partners include the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and a cross-sectoral coalition made up of loyalty partners and three of the leading health charities in Canada, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and YMCA Canada.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador News Release

Seniors left out of many N.W.T. sport and recreation policies: Study

Added on Jun 16, 2016

A new study reports that despite the fact that the Northwest Territories has the second fastest-growing population of senior citizens in Canada, and elders the fastest-growing age group in the territory, there are few government policies aimed at keeping the seniors active.

Lead author, Lauren Brooks-Cleator found that of the seven territorial agencies tasked with delivering recreation programs, three had no policies on helping older adults get active.

Jimmy Thomson, CBC News

2016 MBA Symposium - Call for Presenters, Deadline July 11

Added on Jun 16, 2016

The MBA, which will:

  • offer information on trends and issues relevant to working with youth (ages 13 to 19 years)
  • share information on best practices - what works and why
  • develop networks to strengthen the approach to working with youth

The MBA audience is managers of youth programs and staff who work directly in these programs. Delegates come from municipal recreation/community services departments, not-for-profit agencies, community sports groups, faith-based organizations, health and health promotion units, schools, post secondary educational institutions, and social service organizations. 

Presentations will be 1 and 1/4 hours long and, for the benefit of the audience, selected sessions will have a mix of:

  • information, tools and/or strategies  which can be used/applied by delegates when they return home (not just a show and tell presentation):
  • physical activity: and
  • small group work or table discussion.

Where possible, having youth as co-presenters will be viewed favourably by the Planning Team. 

Deadline for Submission: Monday, July 11, 2016