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Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Celebration Initiative Grant: Deadline June 15

Added on May 12, 2017
To help you celebrate the return of summer programming, the June is Recreation & Parks Month Celebration Initiative Grant has returned for another year. The Grant is available on a first come, first served basis. Don't delay, apply for your Celebration Initiative Grant today! 

All funds must be used by June 30, 2017. All follow-up material must be submitted by Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Health Promoton Ontario Conference: Call for Abstracts - Deadline May 31

Added on May 11, 2017

Each year, Health Promotion Ontario (HPO) provides a forum for students, practitioners and researchers to come together and discuss issues and ideas in and around the field of health promotion. This year’s conference will be in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Health Promotion Ontario. Conference date is Nov 23, 2017.

Come share your experiences, research, initiatives and ideas. This year’s conference theme invites presentations and workshops that:

  • Apply our Pan-Canadian Health Promoter Competencies* into action
  • Identify challenges, lessons learned and potential solutions for applying Pan-Canadian Health Promoter Competencies effectively
  • Provide opportunities for attendees to participate, build skills and network

Grants for Building Social Connectedness in Communities (BC): Deadline May 30

Added on May 10, 2017

The Healthy Communities Capacity Building fund (HCCBF) supports partnership development and innovative collaborative action between local governments, health authorities, and other community partners. Two streams of funding are available to local governments who are working in partnership with other sectors to improve social connectedness in communities or regions; Stream One: Cultivating Connections and Stream Two: Resilient Streets Demonstration Communities.

City of Surrey expands youth programming in Clayton

Added on May 9, 2017

The City of Surrey has announced a new program, CHAT (Clayton Heights Activity Team), that aims to give Clayton area youth a place to go after school and in the early evening. The program is a unique partnership between the City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department, Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) and the local business community.

“CHAT will connect and support young people, ages 13 to 18, by building their confidence, life skills, employability, health and sense of belonging,” according to a release.

Amy Reid, Peace Arch News

Get Active Grants (NWT) - Application Deadline May 31, 2017

Added on May 5, 2017

Get Active funds community events that get people more physically active in the NWT. June is Recreation and Parks Month. We want to help communities celebrate by offering a grant $400 to organize and deliver a community-oriented physically active event in June.

New Guelph recreation program provides opportunities for youth with disabilities

Added on May 5, 2017

One of the main objectives of Limitless Guelph is to offer an expanded “barrier-free” recreation schedule for young people in the area. Funding comes from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport through the Ontario Community Sport and Recreation Fund. 

Leemet, the project specialist for Limitless Guelph, wants to be clear that Limitless Guelph is open to all youth. “We’re not just focusing on those living with a disability,” he says. “We’re very happy to serve a need in the community and provide youth living with disabilities more opportunities to be active; however, we’re a program that strongly believes in the value of inclusivity. We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to participate and be successful.”

Limitless Guelph runs on the same cycle as the city’s recreation schedule. In addition to a school outreach, expert instructors are brought in to teach programs like wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis, with the target audience ranging from 13 years of age to 18 — though that isn’t set in stone from a participation standpoint.

David DiCenzo, Guelph Mercury

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador launches falls prevention program for older adults

Added on May 5, 2017

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Memorial University’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, recently launched Active for Life, a program that focuses on using physical activity to increase mobility, develop muscle strength, improve balance, and reduce falls risk among older adults.

“We identified a gap for older adults in Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador physical activity programming and Active for Life will help fill that void,” said Annette Oldford, President of Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador. “Today, we trained 13 community recreation leaders from across the province to deliver the new older adult program in their communities.”

Evan Careen, The Labradorian

Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) Conf: Abstract submission deadline July 15

Added on May 2, 2017

Abstracts are welcomed for presentation as oral or poster formats, and are broadly categorized into Motor control & Motor Learning as well as Sport Psychology & Exercise Psychology.

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association award nominations now open - deadline June 30

Added on May 2, 2017

Award categories include

  • General: 1. AABRD Legacy Award; 2. A.V. Pettigrew Award; 3. Barbara Hill Merit Award; 4. Wildrose Award
  • Parks: 1. Parks Excellence Award
  • Children and Youth: 1. Excellence in Youth Development Award; 2. Rick Curtis HIGH FIVE Award

Waterton and Glacier parks on Alberta-Montana border get dark-sky designation

Added on Apr 30, 2017

The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, as the Canadian and U.S. sister parks are known, have received an International Dark Sky Park designation. The announcement was jointly made Friday by Parks Canada and the U.S. National Park Service. The Peace Park is the first trans-boundary park certified by the IDA.

The parks promote responsible night-time lighting, which improves the night environment for wildlife, protects dark observing sites for astronomy and provides accessible locations for the public to experience naturally dark and exceptionally starry night skies.

Canadian Press News Release