Centred around our theme of Growing Recreation Together, the 2019 conference program is tailored to our diverse audience and features sessions on Indigenous topics, parks, community development, facilities, recreation, sport and more. There will also be specific streams for ATRA delegates and Connecting through Research.

The full program will be released in early July. For now, we're excited to announce our three keynote speakers, Michael Kerr, Chris Koch and Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Michael Kerr

Innovation, Leadership and Humor and Workplace Culture Expert

“Inspire leaders, energize employees, turn customers into raving fans, and build an inspiring workplace culture that will drive OUTRAGEOUS results!”

Michael Kerr, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) and Speaking Hall of Fame member, is a business speaker, comedic motivational speaker, and the author of six books, including Putting Humor to Work. He is known as one of North America’s leading speakers on humor in the workplace and how safe humor can be used to create more productive, less stressful, more creative and more inspiring workplaces. His hilarious and thought-provoking programs are respected for introducing practical ideas that audiences can put to work immediately. Michael Kerr is listed as one of Canada’s most requested funny motivational business speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chris Koch

Renowned Motivational Speaker

Chris Koch inspires his audiences to continually challenge themselves and build a life they dream of. Chris Koch was born without arms and legs, but doesn’t let limitations or obstacles stand in his way. An avid traveler, marathoner and farmer, his presentations reflect his full life. Koch loves sharing his story and spreading his message. “If I can do what I’ve done so far in my life, what’s stopping others from doing the same?”

Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed  

University of Calgary: Professor, Health & Exercise Psychology, Faculty of Kinesiology
, and Adjunct  Professor, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Nicole Culos Reed's work is on Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors, and focuses on utilizing a multidisciplinary perspective to understand and improve the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. Specifically, the goal of this research is to develop physical activity programs that positively impact the myriad of physical and psychological factors that cancer survivors experience, ultimately enhancing their quality of life.

Upcoming work will include providing greater accessibility and options for physical activity programs to the cancer survivor population, to examine the feasibility of lifestyle interventions at various stages of the cancer continuum (diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment, survivorship, and palliation), and to collaborate with other cancer centers to better understand the role of physical activity for different cancer types.

Social Media Contest

We're giving away $650 in prizes to celebrate June is Recreation and Parks Month!

How does it work? From June 1-30, every public photo you post of you getting active or being outdoors on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the #ExploreJRPM hashtag will be entered to win a prize*!

Every Friday in June we will draw a $100 gift card to either Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) or Campers Village. Any photo posted using the hashtag in the week leading up to the Friday will be eligible. 

At the end of the month, we will draw for our GRAND PRIZE, a $250 Amazon gift card. All photos posted throughout the month tagged #ExploreJRPM will be eligible. 

So whether you're out exercising, enjoying time in the backyard with friends, playing sports, or just reading a book in the sunshine, make sure you hashtag for your chance to win! 

Follow ARPA's social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) for ideas on new #ExploreJRPM activities to try, and to see how the rest of the province is celebrating. And if you tag us, we might just feature your photo too!

*Only prize winners will be contacted

What is Connecting Through Research?

Connecting through Research (CTR) has become an important part of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association's annual Conference and Energize Workshop. Our unique conference setting brings together academics, post-secondary students and practitioners to share their innovative and exciting work. The goal of CTR is to connect researchers and practitioners to exchange knowledge, advance practices, policies and thinking in the field of recreation and parks, and to broaden the professional network as a whole.

CTR Partners

  

ATB

       

      

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to learn more about and celebrate the unique cultures and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Participate by joining activities in your community or by planning an event of your own.

Learn more about what's happening in the province and across the country:

Government of Canada
Government of Alberta

Check out the activities in the JPRM Toolbox for ways to include Indigenous activities in your events or programs.

History of National Indigenous Peoples Day

Following consultations and statements of support by Indigenous groups, National Aboriginal Day was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc. On June 21, 2017, the Prime Minister announced the intention to rename this day National Indigenous Peoples Day.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is part of the Celebrate Canada program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).

The Government of Canada supports National Indigenous Peoples Day. It provides resources, ideas for events and funding opportunities for community celebratory events.

The ARPA Event App is the official app for events hosted by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association.

Build your itinerary, connect with other delegates, access venue maps, follow the event Twitter feed, and receive real-time updates and announcements on sessions, exhibitors, socials and much more!

The ARPA Event App syncs across all your mobile devices, creating a seamless event experience. Download the app today from the Play Store or App Store. Simply search “ARPA Events App" or use the links below.

Download for iOS

Download for Android

 

 

JRPM Tool Box

Click here to fill out the form to have access to our FREE toolbox we created to help you be successful in taking part and in promoting JRPM within your community.

We believe in the power of recreation and parks, and we want Alberta to know it! Our goal is for Albertans to recognize June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) and to celebrate by getting outdoors and active. Our province has a strong foundation of parks and recreation facilities and programs, and June is the time to take advantage of all the benefits they bring to our communities.

Our long-term vision is to make JRPM a household name, so that when June rolls around, Albertans are eager to spend the month (and beyond) enjoying all the recreation activities and parks in their communities!

Check out our contest page to learn how you could win a MEC, Camper's Village or Amazon gift card!

How can I get involved?

JRPM is all about helping people get outside and explore recreation with their family, friends, school, community, and more!

Does this sound like something you could get behind? We encourage individuals, families, municipalities, organizations, businesses, and schools to become JRPM ambassadors.

As an ambassador you receive:

  • Access to the JRPM toolkit which consists of: logos, social media templates, activity suggestions, printable resources, proclamations, and more
  • Information & resources to promote JRPM
  • The opportunity to share your local events in our newsletters & on our website

Sign up as an ambassador.

You can promote JRPM through already-established events and programs in your community or use the toolkit to support your ideas.

PARKS & SPORT FIELDS OPERATOR LEVEL 2 COURSE - ALBERTA ASSOCIATION OF RECREATION FACILITY PERSONNEL*   

The Parks and Sport Fields Level 2 is a two day course that will enable the participants to be involved with hands on and in class components. Some of the key areas that will be covered are Plant Beds, Soil Tests, Dealing with Weed Control, Turf Diseases, Pruning, Composting, and Irrigation. Vandalism and skate board parks are also hot items in the communities and will also be looked at in detail. The course is geared to all staff or management involved with outdoor facilities. Min 10- Max 20 people, cost $425 per person. Register Today!

Prerequisite: Parks and Sport fields Level 1

The Parks & Sport Fields Operator Level 2 course is part of the Red Deer College (RDC) and Alberta Association Recreation Facility Personnel (AARFP) Recreation Facility Management Certification program designed to enhance leadership opportunities for recreation facility operators through the combination of technical and management training. Download the full program here!

*Session Sign In On-site. Separate registration required: http://www.aarfp.com/cgi-bin/courses.cgi

CANADIAN CERTIFIED PLAYGROUND INSPECTOR - CCPI CERTIFICATION*

APRA is including The Canadian Playground Safety Institute’s Canadian Certified Playground Inspector training sessions during the Parks School Post Conference. ARPA members receive a discount on registration fees. This 2-day Practical Course and Exam is the second component to the two-part certification program. The prerequisite Theory Course can be taken online prior to attendance.

If you know any, maintenance/public works personnel, daycare staff, health inspectors, owner/operators, private inspectors, contractors, manufacturers, installers, parks and recreation staff, and/or insurance agents who work - or support the use of quality playground equipment – in schools, municipalities, housing complexes, condominiums or other areas that contain public playground structures, let them know about this training opportunity.

These professionals who are responsible for designing, selling, installing, maintaining and inspecting playground equipment have an incredibly important job. They are helping ensure the safety of toddlers, children and youth across this country and in local neighbourhoods.

These dedicated people, and their employers - can be confident they have the most up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge about playground safety when they complete the CPSI’s Playground Inspector Certification courses.

To register for the online theory course and/or this practical course using CPSI’s online registration system, click here. For more details and to download a registration flyer, please click here to download.

For more information contact CPSI | toll free: 1-877-536-2338 | email: cpsi@cpsionline.ca

*Session Sign in On-site. Separate registration required: https://www.cpsionline.ca/index.php?action=login.login

PENDING CERTIFICATIONS/CREDITS

  • Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program - Alberta Environment & Parks
  • World Urban Parks Academy

Reasons to Attend

Why should you attend the inaugural ARPA Parks School? Use the following resources with your employer to advocate for your participation in Parks School. The resource gives ten reasons on why you should attend Parks School and guides you through developing a case from benefits of attendance to the finances. 

Why YOU Should Attend Parks School 2019?

Inspired by the incredible diversity of parks, landscapes and open spaces in this country, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) created the Parks School to gather key partners, educators, students, thinkers, and decision makers to develop ideas and forge connections. This inaugural event is focused on providing professional development and training on the operations side of parks. It will provide an opportunity to keep parks practitioners and professionals current with new trends and industry issues, to connect them with other professionals, and local industry leaders.

The school is split up into two days to maximize the targeted learning for those working in parks and grounds maintenance, and for horticulture practitioners and professionals.

Download the full Reasons to Attend parks School 2019
Sample Letter to Supervisor/Manager
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Professional Certification & Credits

For our inaugural event, ARPA has partnered and sought after several continuing education credits/learning credits as well as certifications to provide our attendees. Program sessions have been identified with their respective continuing education/learning credits earning and can be collected through their identified association. 

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association - Parks & Recreation Professional*

Educational conference sessions can be counted towards the CPRA Parks and Recreation Professional Certification.

  • Earn up to 18 learning credits (LC) for attending all of Parks School
  • Earn 1.5 LC for attending most education sessions
  • Earn up to 5 LC for attending the pre-conference; Trails - Connecting People, Communities and Places

*Self-Reported: http://cprapdc.ca/learning-credits/

Alberta Association of Landscape Architects - Continuous Education Program

Professional development through continuing education ensures that members are well equipped to meet professional obligations to clients, the public and the profession at large while remaining current with contemporary technology and industry practices.

The AALA currently has a mandatory Continuous Education Program (CEP) which requires members to track their professional development. Basic requirements of the CEP are:

  • Members are required to accumulate an average of 10 Professional Development Units (PDUs) per year on a 3-year rolling average.
  • 1 PDU = approximately 3 hours of educational, professional or volunteer activity
  • Members must submit their logs in order to pay annual dues.
 

The Practice Review Committee's CEP Sub-committee oversees the CEP - Terms of Reference. The current Continuing Education Schedule is available on the Members Downloads page.

For further information please visit http://www.aala.ab.ca

*Self-Reported: https://www.aala.ab.ca/continuing-education-pdus

Landscape Industry Certified*

The Landscape Industry Certified designation demonstrates a high standard of excellence for the Landscape profession. This provides certified individuals with a valid way to communicate their professional status to their clients and employers. 

Individuals holding CNLA certification must recertify every two years. In order to renew your certificates, you must show that you have kept current in the industry by earning 24 continuing education units (CEUs). These credits are tracked by CNLA, and can be obtained through Parks School.

  • Earn up to 18 continuing education units for attending all of Parks School

The Landscape Industry Certified Technician program is designed for employees in the horticulture industry who are involved in the technical application of skill an knowledge. Landscape Industry Certified Technician is a national designation, with recognition across North America. It is an industry-developed program that sets and maintains standards for the landscape industry.

Find out more! 

*Self-Reported: http://www.landscapeindustrycertifiedtechnician.ca/certification/recertification/

 

International Society of Arboriculture*

 

All ISA Certifications are valid for three years. To maintain your certification, you must earn a minimum number of ISA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the end of the 

three-year period and pay a recertification fee. Or, you can retake and pass the exam. 

CEUs can be earned through a variety of continuing education and training opportunities, including the inaugural ARPA Parks School. 

  • Course: ARPA Parks School - All About Trees; Code: PR19001
  • Course: ARPA Parks School - Tree inventory - Why you need one' Course Code: PR19002

*Please have your ISA Certification number with you. 

*Session Sign In On-site

POST-CONFERENCE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Parks & Sport Fields Operator Level 2 Course - Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel* 

The Parks and Sport Fields Level 2 is a two day course that will enable the participants to be involved with hands on and in class components. Some of the key areas that will be covered are Plant Beds, Soil Tests, Dealing with Weed Control, Turf Diseases, Pruning, Composting, and Irrigation. Vandalism and skate board parks are also hot items in the communities and will also be looked at in detail. The course is geared to all staff or management involved with outdoor facilities. Min 10- Max 20 people, cost $425 per person. Register Today!

Prerequisite: Parks and Sport fields Level 1

The Parks & Sport Fields Operator Level 2 course is part of the Red Deer College (RDC) and Alberta Association Recreation Facility Personnel (AARFP) Recreation Facility Management Certification program designed to enhance leadership opportunities for recreation facility operators through the combination of technical and management training. Download the full program here!

*Session Sign In On-site. Separate registration required: http://www.aarfp.com/cgi-bin/courses.cgi

Canadian Certified Playground Inspector - CCPI Certification*

APRA is including The Canadian Playground Safety Institute’s Canadian Certified Playground Inspector training sessions during the Parks School Post Conference. ARPA members receive a discount on registration fees. This 2-day Practical Course and Exam is the second component to the two-part certification program. The prerequisite Theory Course can be taken online prior to attendance.

If you know any, maintenance/public works personnel, daycare staff, health inspectors, owner/operators, private inspectors, contractors, manufacturers, installers, parks and recreation staff, and/or insurance agents who work - or support the use of quality playground equipment – in schools, municipalities, housing complexes, condominiums or other areas that contain public playground structures, let them know about this training opportunity.

These professionals who are responsible for designing, selling, installing, maintaining and inspecting playground equipment have an incredibly important job. They are helping ensure the safety of toddlers, children and youth across this country and in local neighbourhoods.

These dedicated people, and their employers - can be confident they have the most up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge about playground safety when they complete the CPSI’s Playground Inspector Certification courses.

To register for the online theory course and/or this practical course using CPSI’s online registration system, click here. For more details and to download a registration flyer, please click here to download.

For more information contact CPSI | toll free: 1-877-536-2338 | email: cpsi@cpsionline.ca

*Session Sign in On-site. Separate registration required: https://www.cpsionline.ca/index.php?action=login.login

Pending Certifications/Credits

  • Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program - Alberta Environment & Parks
  • World Urban Parks Academy

Accommodations

The 2019 Parks School will take place in Olds, Alberta. You can reserve a room in the ARPA hotel block at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites. You can book online at pomeroyinnandsuites.com/hotels-olds-alberta or by phone at (403)-556-8815. Use the promo code "ARPA" at check out for a discounted rate. 

Parks School Registration

Inspired by the incredible diversity of parks, landscape and open spaces in this country, ARPA created Parks School to gather front line and mid-level staff to connect, learn, and develop their skills. This is the inaugural Parks School for ARPA! Stay tuned for further information in the coming weeks. 

When: April 1-5, 2019
Where: Olds College

2019 Parks School Program Guide

 

Register Now

Conference Registration Fees

Prices include all educational sessions, socials, and scheduled meals. Pre/Post conference sessions are not included in these fees. 

Delegate Fees ARPA Members Non-Members Student
Early Bird Rate (2 Day)
(Before March 16)
$299 $375 $149
Regular Rate (2 Day)
(March 16-29)
$349 $425 $149
On-Site Rate (2 Day)
(March 30)
$399 $475 $149
Early Bird Day Rate
(Before March 16)
$199 $249 $79
Regular Day Rate
(March 16-29)
$249 $299 $79
On-Site Day Rate
(March 30)
$299 $349 $79

*Fees do not include GST

Pre-Conference Workshop Fees

Delegate Fees ARPA Members Non-Members Student
Full Day Workshop $149 $199 $69

*Fees do not include GST

Post-Conference Workshop

Delegate Fees Members Non-Members
AARFP Course $467.25  
CPSI Practical Course & Exam $600 $625

*Fees do not include GST

Register Now
 

Parks Forum & School

Please click on the images below to be taken to the micro site that hosts all session presentations. 

2018 Parks Forum
March 14-17
Canmore, Alberta

Greener Facilities Conference & Expo

Please click on the images below to be taken to the micro site that hosts all session presentations. 

2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo
November 14 & 15
Edmonton, Alberta

2017 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo
November 9 & 10
Edmonton, Alberta

Parks School

Inspired by the incredible diversity of parks, landscape and open spaces in this country, ARPA created Parks School to gather front line and mid-level staff to connect, learn, and develop their skills. This is the inaugural Parks School for ARPA! Stay tuned for further information in the coming weeks. 

When: April 1-5, 2019
Where: Olds College

2019 Parks School Program Guide

ARPA Annual Conference & Energize Workshops 

Please click on the images below to be taken to the micro site that hosts all session presentations. 

2018 ARPA Conference & Energize Workshop
October 25-27, 2018
Jasper, Alberta

2017 ARPA Conference & Energize Workshop
October 26-28, 2017
Lake Louise, Alberta

Event Database

The coreesponding tabs represent Alberta Recreation and Park Association events. In each tab you will find a link to micro sites for each year where you can find and download session presentations. 

If you have any questions please contact the communications coordinator at bjonah@arpaonline.ca or 780-644-6976

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Event Database

The tabs above correspond to recent Alberta Recreation and Park Events. These events have their presentations hosted on micro sites where you can download the presentations for your use. 

Greener Facilities Conference & Expo Registration

The 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will have a greater focus on municipal and NGO owned facilities including recreation multiplexes, ice/curling rinks, swimming pools, outdoor park facilities, community halls and agricultural centers, etc. The Conference and Expo will educate Alberta-based facility managers and municipal staff on new technologies and innovations, share best practices in the sector, as well as link programs to assist with funding, retrofits and energy efficiencies.  

Date: November 14 & 15, 2018
Location: Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre

Early Bird Rate ends October 31st, 2018.

Sessions for the 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will include:

  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program - Justin Smith, Energy Efficiency Alberta
  • Renewable Energy and Green Infrastructure included in the Blatchford Neighbourhood Project - City of Edmonton
  • How to Plan for Greener Festivals and Events - Edmonton Folk Festival Green Team
  • Municipal Solar and How to Become Net Zero - Jason Atkinson, Enmax
  • Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) - Update on New Programs and Funding

Full Program is now available!

Download the 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo Onsite Guide

Getting to Zero Carbon

The Retrofit Economy & Investor Confidence

Use the Discount Code ABPartnerGFC to receive free registration.

Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 3:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre

Register Here!
*Registration is Required to Attend

 Registration Costs

Delegate Fees Member Non-Member
Early Bird Rate (before October 31st) $199 $229
Regular Rate (November 1st to 12th) $249 $279
On-Site/Late Rate $299 $329

YDRS Training Event - Venue

The YDRS Training Event will be provided in an online format and in person with a maximum of 20 seats available. 

In-Person

Percy Page Centre - Conference Room 8
11759 Groat Road NW
Edmonton 
T5M 3K6

Online

(More information to follow upon registration)

Register Today!

YDRS Training Event - Registration

Date: November 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Percy Page Centre & Online

The YDRS Training Event will be provided in an online format and in person with a maximum of 20 seats available. 

  Price - Early Bird (October 15th) Price - Regular (October 16 - Event)
ARPA Member $50.00 + GST $60.00 + GST
Non-Member $60.00 + GST $70.00 + GST


 

Register Now
 

About the Event

YDRS is a forum for advancing the knowledge of the contribution of recreation programs and services. It aims to provide information about children and youth development by promoting the delivery and expansion of positive development through sport, recreation, physical activity, education and general health promotion. The event attracts delegates from municipal recreation, community service departments, not for profit groups, community sports groups, public health, educational institutions and social service organizations.

This training event is intended for coordinators, programmers, and supervisors and provides Canadian Parks & Recreation Association learning credits for participating in sessions. it is being offered both in person and by live stream. 

The sessions are being provided in an online format and 20 seats will be available in person at Percy Page Centre (11759 Groat Road NW, Boardroom 8)

View Program!

 

Register Now
 

2018 Conference & Energize Workshop

Date: November 14th & 15th
Location: Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre

The 2018 Conference & Energize Workshop will be hosted at the Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre located at 11834 Kingsway NW, Edmonton.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-747-4114 and mentioning the Greener Facilities Conference and Expo.

Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre

  • Standard Room (1 or 2 Queens) $109
  • Business Class (1 or 2 Queens) $119
  • Junior Suite - King $139
  • Not including GST or other fees
  • Based on Single or Double occupancy
     

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

The Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will prepare and educate Alberta based facility managers and municipal staff on new technologies and innovation, share best practices, link programs that modify occupant behaviour with infrastructure improvements, and address funding options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their facilities and/or outdoor spaces.

Which businesses should consider exhibiting?

Businesses that focus on green infrastructure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing efficiencies in buildings, and/or provide new technologies, products and services to create more environmentally friendly indoor and outdoor spaces and places.

Build your Brand

Expo exhibitors will meet potential customers face to face, network with other like-minded sector professionals and have the opportunity to apply to host an educational session. 

Who will Attend?

The two-day event will bring together:

  • Industry experts
  • Government agencies
  • Facility managers and owners (municipalities, NGO)
  • Municipal Elected Officials
  • Agricultural Societies

View the full Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus!

Contact Kate Wright at kwright@arpaonline.ca for more information and to book your booth.

 

 

Register Now
 

Instructor - Greg Krischke BPE, ICD.D

Since graduating from the University of Alberta in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Mr. Krischke has been a passionate supporter of recreation and parks. Greg has been involved in sport and recreation at a community, provincial, and national level.

Starting in 1995 Greg served on Leduc City council for 22 years including the last 13 as Mayor.  Since 2004 the City of Leduc doubled in size, built a 309,000 sq ft recreation facility, constructed more than 60 kms of multiway paths and hosted many provincial, national and international events.  Greg has served on the boards of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA), the Recreation For Life Foundation (RFLF) and the ARPA Energize sub-committee.  Among his several awards, Greg is most proud to have received the Lieutenant Governor’s inaugural Active Community, Elected Official award and in 2016 was named the Canadian Sport Tourism Champion of the year.

Recreation and Parks for Elected Officials - Fee Schedule
 

  ARPA Member Non-Member Conditions
In Your Community $3,400.00 $4,000.00 Up to 10 Participants
  $270.00 $340.00 Per additional participant (up to a max. of 20 people per workshop
ARPA Conference Session $269.00 $339.00 Minimum of 10 participants required to run the workshop
Online Course Access to learning resources between April 1st and March 30 each year.
With Support $199.00 $250.00 Email access to Instructor
Without Support $99.00 $135.00 No access to instructor
*All prices are subject to 5% GST

Registration

In Your Community - Book now for fall and winter council sessions! 

ARPA Conference Session - Registration will be available early July! Watch for registration opening under the 2018 Conference & Energize Workshop page

Online Course - Book now for fall and winter online courses!  

Please contact ARPA (780-415-1745)(arpa@arpaonline.ca) to arrange for this governance course for your council.

Recreation and Parks for Elected Officials

It is widely understood that a high quality of life is essential to the economic wellbeing of a community and a key aspect of quality of life within a municipality’s controls is their recreation and parks programs and services.  The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA), with the support and encouragement of the AUMA, RMA and the Government of Alberta, have developed a professional development workshop on Recreation and Parks in Alberta for elected officials.  

This workshop is complimentary to the Elected Officials Education Program of AUMA and RMA and provides a certificate upon successful completion.  The workshop will provide Council members with an understanding of the national framework documents, Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 - Pathways to Wellbeing and Parks for All - An action Plan for Canada’s Parks Community and Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living as well as the linkages to the Municipal Government Act and other applicable legislation.   A significant portion of the day will be devoted to exploring practical examples that you can implement in your community.

We are very pleased to advise you that we have retained the services of the recently retired Mayor of Leduc, Mr. Greg Krischke to deliver the recreation and parks course.  The course can be delivered to your Council in various ways:

In your community
Greg will travel to your community to deliver the workshop as an inservice for your council, senior managers and if you like neighbouring council members.

At events
Greg will deliver the course at the ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop on Thursday October 25th at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Online
You can learn at your own pace through two online course options.  Greg will available to answer questions via email in one of the options. 

Please contact ARPA (780-415-1745)(arpa@arpaonline.ca) to arrange for this governance course for your council.

Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

ATB
Apple

 

Silver Sponsors

ISL
RC
 
GEC Architecture
 
Apple
Global Sport Resources

 

Municipal Sponsors

ATB
Apple

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Join us at the host hotel for the 2018 Parks Forum - the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre.

You can book online or by phone 1-800-716-6199 and quote the group code CCM-GFC2990 or Alberta Recreation & Parks Association.

Room type Single/Double Occupancy*

Comfort Room $124.00

Superior King $134.00

*Rates do not include Tourism Levy (4%), or GST (5%). Additional persons per room may incur additional charges.

Registration for the 2018 Parks Forum is now open.

Join us from March 14-17, 2018 at the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre. 

Click here to view the first draft of the Parks Forum Program.

Registration Costs

Delegate Fees

ARPA Members

Non-Members

Student

Early Bird Rate (before March 1)

$495

$595

$230

Regular Rate (March 1 to March 11)

$595

$695

$230

On-Site Rate (March 12-17)

$695

$795

$230

Thursday Only

$250

$300

$150

Friday Only

$250

$300

$150

Saturday Only

$150

$200

$100

Fees do not include GST
 

Pre-Forum Workshop Fees

Delegate Fees

ARPA Members

Non-Members

Student

Full Day Workshop

$99

$129

$49

Fees do not include GST

Register Now!

ARPA Leaders' Summit

In January 2018 we hosted the first-ever ARPA Leaders Summit at Delta Kananaskis Lodge. This year we returned to Kananaskis for the 2019 ARPA Leaders' Summit, and are excitedly planning for the 2020 event.

The event is designed for senior municipal leaders who advise their councils on recreation, parks, arts and culture, FCSS, community development and urban planning. The summit is a series of workshops designed by individuals with specific expertise in relevant areas. All sessions will include plenty of time for questions, discussion, debate and networking with your peers.

Download the ARPA Event App to build your itinerary, connect with other delegates, access venue maps, and receive real-time conference updates and announcements!

The ARPA Event App syncs across all your mobile devices, creating a seamless event experience.

Download for iOS

Download for Android

Delta Hotels - Edmonton South
4404 Gateway Boulevard NW 
Edmonton AB

Rooms start at $159/night.

Book using our group rate.

The Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will prepare and educate Alberta-based facility managers and municipal staff on new technologies and innovation, share best practices, link programs that modify occupant behavior with infrastructure improvements, and address funding options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their facilities and/or outdoor spaces.

We've just released our full Conference Program with sessions, presenters and exhibitors! Join us at the Delta South Edmonton hotel.

Registration is only $99 (10% discount available for ARPA members).

Register by Monday, October 16 to be entered to win either a pair of Mini Pack Tickets to the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton (November 8-10) or the Professional Bull Riding event (November 8-10).

Book your room at the Delta South Edmonton using our booking link and receive an additional entry for the ticket draw.

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Collaboration for Change

March 14-17, 2018
Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre
Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Inspired by the incredible diversity of parks, landscapes and open spaces in this country, ARPA created the Parks Forum to gather key partners, educators, students, thinkers, and decision makers to develop ideas and forge connections.  

The theme for the 2018 Parks Forum is “Collaboration for Change.” Success within parks will be achieved in large part through our ability to collaborate with a range of existing and new partners in areas of shared objectives and alignment. The Parks Forum offers a significant opportunity for collaboration across diverse sectors and cultures. The Forum is also an opportunity to reflect on and evaluate existing initiatives, while also generating new ideas and approaches to parks planning, management, and use.

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We are proud to present the Greener Facilities Conference & Expo with the following partners:

   

                         

Who should exhibit?

Businesses that focus on green infrastructure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing efficiencies in buildings, and/or provide new technologies, products and services to create more environmentally friendly indoor and outdoor spaces and places.

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Check out our Exhibitor Prospectus.

2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo

Thank you to everyone who joined us last November in Edmonton for the first-ever Greener Facilities Conference & Expo! The event worked to help Albertans better understand and address climate change and the associated cost-savings. 

ARPA is excited to follow-up on the successes from the inaugural Greener Facilities Conference & Expo last November, which was supported by the Community Environment Action Grant program. The 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will be held on November 14th & 15th at the Edmonton Inn. Overall, the two-day event attracted over 120 delegates, speakers and exhibitors.

You can now view and download the 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo Program! 

2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo Onsite Guide

Getting to Zero Carbon - Free for Registrants of the Greener Facilities Conference & Expo

Please join the CaGBC Alberta Chapter for a dinner on November 15th in Edmonton and a presentation and introduction to the CaGBC Investor Confidence Project (ICP) as well as an overview of the Zero Carbon Building Program. This presentation will also discuss how to accelerate retrofits in the Alberta marketplace.

This is an industry engagement event hosted by the CaGBC Alberta Chapter in partnership with the Greener Facilities Conference 

When: November 15th, 3:30 - 6:30pm 
Where: Edmonton Inn and Conference Center
Register Here *Includes Dinner
Discount Code: ABPartnerGFC 

This event is free if you are attending the Greener Facilities Conference 

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Building Program  
The buildings of the future will be zero carbon. Learn about the CaGBC's Zero Carbon Building Standard and how it aims to shift the discussion from 'energy efficiency' to 'carbon' as the new metric of performance. Zero Carbon represents the next cycle of innovation in green building, continuing Canada's global leadership in taking tangible steps towards reducing carbon emissions from buildings. This presentation will feature Adam Stoker, Sustainability Consultant, University of Calgary.

The Investor Confidence Project and Investor read Energy Efficiency (IREE) Certification 
The  Pan-Canadian Framework n Clean Growth and Climate Change highlighted how retrofitting existing buildings will play a key role in reaching Canada's emission reduction targets. To accelerate these retrofits, MaRS, with support from the Province of Ontario, is partnering with the CaGBC and GBCI to help bring an innovation quality assurance mechanism to the Canadian Market.

By standardizing the ways in which energy efficiency projects are conceived, developed, measured and verified, the IREE certification is transforming how the market underwrites and invests in energy-saving building projects. To help introduce this tool to Canada, the ICP Early Adopters Program is enabling a limited number of projects to pursue energy efficiency retrofits using Canadian tailored ICP Protocols. The Early Adopters Program aims to:

1. Support participants in achieving the IREE certification,
2. Collect and analyze data on retrofit projects and the impact of the IREE certification on performance and financing,
3. Facilitate peer-to-peer learning opportunities for project teams, and
4. Showcase industry leadership via multiple platforms

This chapter event will be attended by design professionals within the Alberta green building industry including architects, engineers, project managers, property managers, and building owners.

The 2017 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo featured:

  • Educational sessions that addressed specific challenges associated with energy efficiency and reducing our ecological footprint.
  • A trade show targeting cutting-edge technologies that would allow facilities to enhance and deliver on their environmental goals.
  • Networking workshops and opportunities for sector professionals to share their best practices. 
  • Sessions presented by municipalities and organizations who have moved to energy efficient methods and their progressive solutions to tackle their challenges
  • Informational sessions on grants, funding cost-saving for organizations and municipalities.

Catch up on the event! View 2017 conference presentations.

The 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will have a greater focus on municipal and NGO owned facilities such as recreational multiplexes, ice/curling rinks, swimming pools, outdoor park facilities, community halls and agricultural centers, etc. The Conference and Expo will educate Alberta-based facility managers and municipal staff on new technologies and innovations, share best practices in the sector, as well as link programs to assist with retrofits and energy efficiencies. Finally, the sessions will offer learning opportunities on funding options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in facilities and outdoor spaces.

Who will attend this Conference?

While this Conference targets the following listed below, we encourage sector professionals, volunteers and students from rural and urban regions to attend the 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo.

  • Facility operators, managers and owners of municipal and NGO facilities
  • Municipal elected officials
  • Agricultural society members
  • Community league members

2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo Theme: Celebrating Our Successes!

This year’s Conference & Expo theme is "Celebrating Our Successes." with a special focus on case studies, renewable energies as well as facilities that are achieving green initiatives. Ultimately we aim to showcase successful collaborations and projects that will highlight practical tools for sector professionals.

Sample topics for 2018:

  • Case studies on renewable energy projects showcasing unique collaborations
  • Examples of regional planning and partnerships on green initiatives
  • Zero waste facilities
  • Green operations and events
  • Zero carbon projects
  • Health and wellness outcomes from a green perspective
  • Water and wastewater management – innovations, practices and concepts
  • Park and outdoor facilities – showcasing projects using innovative/green technologies
  • Vehicle fleet initiatives
  • How to market/sell your green facility or initiative to a board or council
  • Best practices in the sustainable management of buildings
  • Success and challenges from different kinds of renewable energy solutions
  • How to measure your greenhouse gas reductions and cost savings

The Challenge

IN 2017, the June Play List were 30 hand-picked activities from the ParticipACTION 150 Play List to celebrate four Canada 150 themes! In week one it was diverse and inclusive activities, in week two we celebrated Indigenous games, in week three we tried activities that inspire youth and then finally time in nature! Check out "Background" below to read more about the themes. 

Check out ParticipACTION to see how the year went across the country with the 150 Play List. 

2017 Resources

June Play List Poster (11"x17")
June Play List Printable Calendar (8.5"x11")
June Play List Daily Social Media Images

Make sure to visit ParticipACTION's website and search the daily challenge to learn more about the activity and the equipment you may need!

Background

Across the nation, Canada 150 is celebrating our country’s birthday through four key themes:

Diversity & Inclusion
We believe recreation and parks should be inclusive and accessible for all! This includes sports like sitting volleyball for those with limited accessibility, or tai chi and other activities originating outside of Canada. It’s important that all Canadians participate in recreation in a way that works for them.

Reconciliation
Reconciliation between our Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples requires sustained public education, dialogue, and taking action! ARPA sees JRPM as one opportunity to foster this reconciliation by collectively engaging in traditional games and activities.

Engaging & Inspiring Youth
Young people are essential to creating an active Canada for the future! Let’s try a few sports and activities alongside our youth, instilling the love of recreation in the next generation.

Connecting with Nature
We want Albertans to experience and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, gaining a greater appreciation for the protection of our natural resources and environment.

Download the ARPA Event App to build your itinerary, connect with other delegates, access venue maps, and receive real-time conference updates and announcements!

The ARPA Event App syncs across all your mobile devices, creating a seamless event experience.

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Thank you to our 2017 Canadian Parks Conference Sponsors & Partners

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PARTNERS

YYCPARKS        Parks Canada

  YYCPARKS      CPC

 Edmonton   Edmonton

        

Registration

Registration for the 2017 Canadian Parks Conference is now open!

Register for the Conference

View the Conference Brochure

Conference Fees 

Please note that prices include all education sessions, socials, and scheduled meals. Pre-Conference sessions are not included in these fees. 

Rates* Delegate Student
Early Bird Rate (*extended* until Feb 12) $650 $300
Regular Rate (Feb 13-Feb 28) $750 $350
On-Site Rate (March 1-March 8) $850 $400

*Rates do not include GST

Pre-Conference Workshop Fees

Prices vary dependent on workshop or tour. Please see details in the conference brochure.

Travel

Air Canada

Air Canada is the official airline of the 2017 Canadian Parks Conference! Please use the promotion code of VMHAQM31 to receive your flight discount of 10%. To book a flight with your promotion code, visit aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Banff Airporter

Canadian Parks Conference delegates receive a 15% discount on the Banff Airporter for shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and Banff. Visit www.banffairporter.com/book. Proceed through the reservation and type - parks - in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount. Or call (888) 449-2901 and mention the parks promotional code.

Accommodations

The Banff Centre

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5

Superior bedrooms:
$145.00 per night based on single or double occupancy

Standard bedrooms:
$125.00 per night based on single or double occupancy.

Other room options are also available.

Call 403.762.6100 to make reservations OR

Book Online Now.

Accommodation will include use of Sally Borden Recreation Centre and Aquatics, wireless internet access; Walter Philips Gallery access; complimentary access to select arts and culture events; housekeeping service fee; all North American phone calls; parking and library access with borrowing privileges.

Additional Accommodations:

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa or Inns of Banff

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa:
Standard Room $150.00, Superior Room $165.00

Inns of Banff:
Superior Limited View $125.00, Superior Mountain View $140.00

To make a reservation, please follow steps below:

1. Visit the website www.bestofbanff.com
2. Under Reservations click BOOK NOW
3. Pick the Destination of your Choice or keep All Properties selected
4. Select your reservation details (Dates, # Rooms / # People)
5. Additional Search - Ensure Room Rates is chosen
6. Enter the Promo/Corp Code: ARPA2017
7. Search Now

A shuttle will be available to and from the Banff Centre to Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa as well as Inns of Banff.

Download the ARPA Event App to build your itinerary, connect with other delegates, access venue maps, and receive real-time conference updates and announcements!

The ARPA Event App syncs across all your mobile devices, creating a seamless event experience.

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Registration

Registration for the first-ever Alberta Aquatics Forum is now open!

Register for the Forum!

View the Forum brochure

Conference Fees 

Registration Period Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Rate (July 1 - Sept. 30) $299 $3459 $149
Regular Rate (Oct. 1 - Oct. 14) $349 $399 $149
Late/On-Site Rate (Oct. 15 - Oct. 20) $399 $449 $149
HIGH FIVE® SCMH Pre-Forum
Workshop
$199 $229 $199
HIGH FIVE® Affiliate Trainer

$275

$275 $275

Alberta Aquatics Forum 2016

Wednesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 20
Jasper, Alberta

Thank you to all of our delegates who made the first Alberta Aquatics Forum a success!

Forum presentations are being compiled, and will be posted to the Leisure Information Network in the coming weeks.

Recreation for Life Foundation YDRS Registration Bursary

There are five $200 awards available as part of the YDRS Symposium Registration Bursary. Please note that these awards are reserved for post-secondary students or new professionals.

Apply Now

Deadline for application is January 30, 2018.

new professional is an ARPA member* who has either:
     A)  started a career in the sector in the past five years OR
     B) graduated from a degree or diploma in a related program in the past five years

student is an ARPA member* who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field.

*If you work for a municipality in Alberta, please check with your supervisor to verify that you are an ARPA member. If you are unsure whether or not you are an ARPA member, contact our office at 780-415-1745 to confirm.

If you have questions about this application please contact Pamela Jones.

City of Calgary Recreation Student Bursary

Are you a student looking to attend conference? Join us at beautiful Chateau Lake Louise and learn from sector professionals while connecting with your peers across the province!

Need help getting there? The City of Calgary Recreation generously offers a limited number of $200 bursaries to students.

Fill out the online application and return it to reclearning@calgary.ca

If you have any questions, please contact Karina Damgaard at 403-268-5602. 

Please note, deadline has been extended to October 18, 2017.

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Recreation for Life Foundation Connecting through Research Travel Bursaries

There are three $300 awards available as part of the Connecting through Research Travel Bursaries.

Apply Now

Deadline for application is October 6, 2017.

Please note that these awards are reserved for post-secondary students or new professionals who are accepted for an oral or poster presentation as part of the CTR stream at the ARPA conference.

new professional is an ARPA member* who has either:
     A)  started a career in the sector in the past five years OR
     B) graduated from a degree or diploma in a related program in the past five years

student is an ARPA member* who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field.

*If you work for a municipality in Alberta, please check with your supervisor to verify that you are an ARPA member. If you are unsure whether or not you are an ARPA member, contact our office at 780-415-1745 to confirm.

If you have any questions about this application please contact Craig Cameron.

Recreation for Life Foundation Registration Bursary for Graduate Students

There are five $200 bursaries available to assist graduate students in attending the ARPA Annual Conference and Energize Workshop.

Apply Now

Deadline for application is October 6, 2017.

Please note that these awards are reserved for individuals that meet the following definition: You are an ARPA member who is currently enrolled in a graduate degree in a related field.

If you have questions about this application please contact Craig Cameron.

Active Office Challenge

Let’s face it, most of us we spend a lot of time at our desk from Monday to Friday, and it’s not always easy to find the time or energy to fit activity into our schedules.

But building basic daily, weekly and monthly habits into your work life can help decrease health risks and increase your energy and productivity!

Download and print the checklist and challenge your co-workers to keep up with the tasks for all of June!

Active Office Printable Checklist
Active Office Poster

JRPM Hunt

JRPM Hunt is an online scavenger hunt! Follow ARPA on Twitter and Facebook to take part!

Every Tuesday and Thursday in June we will post a question or challenge. You must complete the challenge by posting your response on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #JRPMhunt by each Friday at noon.

If you respond to the challenge you'll be entered to win a weekly prize - a $50 MEC gift card! Weekly winners will be announced every Friday in June.

Use the promo PDF or PNG image file to share the social media challenge with your community.

JRPM Hunt Promo
JRPM Hunt Promo (PNG file)
 

Creative Recreation Challenge

We all get stuck thinking inside the box – when someone says recreation we picture sports or a nature walk – you know, the usual. What if we said recreation was going to a local improv show or having a water fight? How about bird-watching or learning to knit?

We think recreation is so much more than physical activity! Recreation has a wide definition, and all parts are essential to creating thriving communities with healthy and happy citizens.

We’ve developed a calendar to help you try Creative Recreation. Try one, two or all 30 of our daily challenges!

Take a photo of you trying one of the activities and post them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the #JRPM2016 hashtag to be entered to win a 2016 National Parks Family Pass. Make sure to tag @arpaonline on Twitter and Instagram, or tag us on Facebook! The more photos of the different activities you send, the more times you’ll be entered!

Download the Creative Recreation Printable Calendar
Download the Creative Recreation Poster

Download the Creative Recreation Social Media Images

Call for Presenters

The YDRS Symposium is a forum for advancing knowledge about the contributions of recreation programs and services to the overall goal of meeting the needs of children and youth in our communities. The YDRS Symposium aims to provide information about children and youth development, promoting the delivery and expansion of positive development through sport, recreation, physical activity, education and general health promotion. 

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA), along with the 2018 YDRS planning committee, is now accepting applications for presentations at the 2018 YDRS Symposium. This annual event attracts delegates from municipal recreation and community services departments, not-for-profit groups, community sport groups, the public health sector, educational institutions and social service organizations. 

The theme for the 2018 YDRS Symposium is “Healthy Child and Youth Development.”

The committee is looking for a variety of engaging presentations and whether you have a lecture, interactive session or physical activity we want to hear from you. We hope you submit a presentation to share your knowledge and passion with our audience!

Submit a Presentation Proposal

Deadline for Submissions is Dec 1, 2017.

Presenters will be contacted within four to six weeks of the submission deadline regarding the status of the proposed presentation. Thank you in advance for your contributions to the 2018 YDRS Symposium. 

2017 Canadian Parks Conference:
Parks, Protected Areas, Open Spaces and Public Places

March 8-11, 2017
The Banff Centre

Banff, Alberta

Thank you to all presenters, delegates and dignitaries from Canada's parks community for joining us in beautiful Banff! Read a summary of the conference and view photos by clicking here.

You may view conference presentations on the Leisure Information Network by clicking here.

 

 

2016 Canadian Parks Summit

More information available on the offical Canadian Parks Summit website hosted by the Leisure Information Network.

April 11-14, 2016
Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre


This first event of its kind, The 2016 Canadian Parks Summit will bring together representatives of Canada’s three levels of government responsible for national, provincial/ territorial and municipal/regional parks, and relevant national, provincial, and territorial associations, as well as other invited stakeholders collectively representing broad interests across the nature continuum.

Its purpose is to:
1) Examine and discuss challenges and opportunities facing public parks and protected areas
2) Enhance the impact of parks services at the national, provincial, territorial, and municipal levels, and connect more Canadians to nature.
3) Help set the park management agenda in Canada for the next generation.
4) Launch an ongoing dialogue and collaboration
5) Identify priority actions and define a charter document to guide park managers far into the future.

The Summit is an initiative of the Canadian Parks Council (CPC) and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA), as well as other stakeholders. The event is being organized by a Secretariat made up of representatives from the Canadian Parks Council, CPRA, Alberta Parks, the University of Alberta and the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA), with input from a National Advisory Committee, which is meant to be multi-sectoral, intergenerational and regionally representative.

The Summit Participation will be by invitation only with a total of approximately 158 representatives from the following communities: 

• Federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments
• National, provincial and territorial associations
• Academic institutions
• Corporate and private sector businesses
• Related voluntary sector associations
• Allied sector government departments and organizations (e.g. health, education, municipal affairs)
• Aligned agencies (e.g. Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
• Experts, emerging leaders and students

Student Bursaries

Are you a student looking to attend conference? Join us at beautiful Chateau Lake Louise and learn from sector professionals while connecting with your peers across the province!

Need help getting there? The City of Calgary Recreation generously offers a limited number of $200 bursaries to students.

Fill out the online application and return it to reclearning@calgary.ca

If you have any questions, please contact Karina Damgaard at 403-268-5602.

2018 SYMPOSIUM - Healthy Child and Youth Development

The 2018 YDRS Symposium was held on March 7-8 at the Radisson Hotel in Red Deer. Below are some of the presentations and documents shared at the symposium, available for download in PDF format.

(Dis)Engagement in Elementary Physical Education: The Experiences of Children with Movement Difficulties - Chantelle Zimmer 
Navigating PL in Alberta - Vicki Harber
Open Space and Networking Notes from Session 
Aboriginal HIGH FIVE® and the Physical Literacy Presentation  

2014 SYMPOSIUM - PLAY...NATURALLY

The 2014 Youth Development Through Recreation Symposium took place March 23-25 at The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, Alberta. Below are some of the presentations shared at the symposium, available for download in PDF format.

Using Nature as a Community Building Tool - Tracey Bink, Jessica Monk & Sherry Wallace
Special Olympics Alberta - Kaley McLaren
Play Ambassadors - Graham Thomson & Matt Leung
Physical Literacy for People Experiencing Disability - Amanda Ebert
Grade 5's Get Active & Activ8's - Janette Messer
Using Mobile Technology to Connect Children & Youth with Science, Nature and Active Outdoor Play - Kym McCulley & Mary Krupa-Clark
Nature Play Workshop - Intro & Risk in Play - Mary Ann Rintoul
Play Leadership in Nature - Russell Krasnuik
Five Minute Field Trips (Resources) - Christina Pickles
Water Smart Program - Kelly Carter
Two Wheel View - Sarah Kinnie & Colin Rioux
Play Day: The Ulitmate Neighbourhood Block Party! - Katie Mahon
         - How to Host a Play Day (resource)
Move & Play Through Traditional Games - Megan McKinlay
Engaging Children and Youth in the Urban Forest - Jane Erdmann

2010 SYMPOSIUM

The 2010 Youth Development Through Recreation Symposium took place March 15-17, 2010 at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Below are some of the presentations and resources shared at the symposium, available for download in PDF format.

Toast 'n Jam - Aaron Taylor and John Marriam
Youth Friendly Communities - Marion Price
Youth Friendly Staff - Marion Price
Children and Nature, Alberta - Cliff Lacey
Footprints: Engaging Youth to be Physically Active in Nature through Photovoice - Janine Drummond
Youth Indicator Species - Don Carruthers Den Hoed
Sogo Calgary - Heather Wickstead and Augusto Romero
Engaging Youth in Nature, Charlottetown - Beth Hoar
We All Can Play - EISA and EFCL
ARPA Programs and Services
Connecting to Urban Youth: Play, Physical Activity and Schools - Nick Holt

We are excited to announce that the 2018 YDRS Symposium will be held from March 7-8 at the Radisson Hotel in Red Deer. This year's conference theme is "Healthy Child and Youth Development." Check out our On-Site Guide for details.

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About YDRS

The Youth Development Through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium is a bi-annual forum for advancing the knowledge about the contributions of recreation programs and services. It aims to provide information about children and youth development by promoting the delivery and expansion of positive development through sport, recreation, physical activity, education and general health promotion.

The YDRS Symposium attracts delegates from municipal recreation, community service departments, not for profit groups, community sports groups, public health, educational institutions and social service organizations. Presenters range from front line staff to youth policy makers.

The educational opportunity is designed to provide delegates with the opportunity to:

  • Learn first hand about child and youth development and its application in recreation
  • Hear from colleagues and peers through focused and themed presentations
  • Enjoy networking opportunities and return home with practical and applicable resources

Who Attends

  • Front-line Youth Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Recreation Facility Staff
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Recreation Coordinators & Managers
  • Teachers

Mandate

"Providing an educational forum to advance knowledge of youth development through recreation."

History

The Symposium is based on the National Youth Development Symposium that was launched in Calgary in the spring of 2003.

Promote your June events for free! 

Promote your June Events for FREE on our events calendar. To add in your events to the calendar, send your event with the title, date, time, location, and description, and cost of the event to JRPM@arpaonline.ca.


 

2018 JRPM Ambassadors

JRPM helps Albertans celebrate our beautiful outdoors by getting active with their families, friends and communities! Does this sound like something you could get behind?  We encourage municipalities, organizations, businesses and schools (aka YOU!) to support this campaign by becoming ambassadors and promoting JRPM!

Sign Up!

As an ambassador you receive:

  • Access to JRPM logos, printable resources, etc.
  • Information & resources to promote our special JRPM Canada 150 challenge in your community
  • The opportunity to share your local events in our newsletters & on our website
  • Connection with other JRPM Ambassadors across the province.

You can promote this program through already-established events and programs in your community, and use our resources and challenges to support your ideas!

2018 Participating Ambassador Communities

  • Town of Banff
  • Town of Barrhead
  • Town of Blackfalds
  • Blairmore (Municipality of Crowsnest Pass)
  • City of Brooks
  • City of Calgary
  • Hamlet of Clairmont
  • Town of Cochrane
  • Town of Coronation
  • Town of Drayton Valley
  • Village of Duchess
  • City of Edmonton
  • Town of Edson
  • Fort McMurray
  • Town of Gibbons
  • Town of Grande Cache
  • Town of Hanna
  • Town of High River
  • Town of Hinton
  • Hamlet of Lac La Biche
  • City of Leduc
  • City of Lethbridge
  • Town of Manning
  • City of Medicine Hat
  • City of Red Deer
  • Town of Russell, Manitoba
  • Town of Slave Lake
  • City of St. Albert
  • Town of Strathmore
  • Town of Valleyview
  • City of Wetaskiwin
  • Town of Whitecourt

2017 Participating Ambassador Communities

  • Alberta Health Services - Brooks
  • Alberta  Health Services - Calgary
  • Alberta Health Services Wellness Network - Rockyview General Hospital
  • Badlands Community Facility - Town of Drumheller
  • City of Edmonton
  • City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • City of Leduc
  • City of Red Deer
  • City of Spruce Grove
  • County of Grande Prairie
  • Lac La Biche County
  • Town of Blackfalds
  • Town of Drayton Valley
  • Town of Edson
  • Town of Hanna
  • Town of Innisfail
  • Town of Killam
  • Town of Morinville
  • Town of Rocky Mountain House
  • Town of Slave Lake
  • Town of Strathmore
  • Town of Taber
  • Town of Vauxhall
  • Vivo for Healthier Generations

We believe in the power of recreation and parks, and we want Alberta to know it! Our goal is for Albertans to recognize June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) and to celebrate by getting outdoors and active. Our province has a strong foundation of parks and recreation facilities and programs, and June is the time to take advantage of all the benefits they bring to our communities.

Our long-term vision is to make JRPM a household name, so that when June rolls around, Albertans are eager to spend the month (and beyond) enjoying all the recreation activities and parks in their communities!

Check out our contest page to learn how you could win a MEC, Camper's Village or Amazon gift card!

How can I get involved?

JRPM is all about helping people get outside and explore recreation with their family, friends, school, community, and more!

Does this sound like something you could get behind? We encourage individuals, families, municipalities, organizations, businesses, and schools to become JRPM ambassadors.

As an ambassador you receive:

  • Access to the JRPM toolkit which consists of: logos, social media templates, activity suggestions, printable resources, proclamations, and more
  • Information & resources to promote JRPM
  • The opportunity to share your local events in our newsletters & on our website

Sign up as an ambassador.

You can promote JRPM through already-established events and programs in your community or use the toolkit to support your ideas.

Events

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association organizes various annual and bi-annual recreation and parks events for its members and the sector as a whole.

Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

ARPA’s Annual Conference and Energize Workshop attracts a wide range of recreation and parks professionals, volunteers, post-secondary students, academics, businesses and elected officials. The event offers workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, a tradeshow, awards banquet, ARPA’s annual general meeting, and a whole lot of fun!

June is Recreation and Parks Month

JRPM is an opportunity to celebrate recreation and parks and their contributions to the quality of life of Albertans.

Youth Development through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium

The Youth Development through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium is a bi-annual forum advancing the knowledge of children and youth development through sport, recreation, physical activity, education and general health promotion.

Past Events

2017 International Play Association Conference

IPA Canada, the City of Calgary, ARPA, and other partner organizations look forward to hosting the 2017 International Play Association Conference! The conference will bring together members from nearly 50 countries to exchange ideas and inspire action about play.

2017 Pan-Canadian Parks Conference

The Pan-Canadian Parks Conference built off of the momentum and outcomes of the 2016 Canadian Parks Summit, and included speakers and topics of interest on themes, opportunities and issues discussed at the Summit.

2016 Canadian Parks Summit

This first event of its kind, The 2016 Canadian Parks Summit brought together representatives from Canada’s three levels of government responsible for national, provincial/territorial and municipal/regional parks, and relevant national, provincial, and territorial associations, as well as other invited stakeholders collectively representing broad interests across the nature continuum.

ARPA Mobile App

Download the ARPA Event App to build your itinerary, connect with other delegates, access venue maps, and receive real-time conference updates and announcements!

The ARPA Event App syncs across all your mobile devices, creating a seamless event experience.

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5min Walk Challenge

Get up from your desk and take a 5 minute walk break! Do a lap around the office/classroom or climb the stairs to see the view from the top floor. Take six walk breaks a day and before you know it, you’re moving the recommended daily amount* for a healthy lifestyle!

Need some help keeping track? Download the walk break tracking chart.

*WHO recommends min. of 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

Download the 5min Walk Challenge Poster

Rediscover Parks Challenge

Do you know how many parks there are in your community? Why not find out! Rediscover each and every one. Sit on the grass, look at the trees, walk the trails, roll down the hills, aren’t parks great?

Your Chance to Win!

Send us a photo of you having fun in your favourite park to @arpaonline on Twitter or /arpaonline on Facebook with the hashtag #RediscoverParks for a chance to win an Annual Family Pass to Canada’s National Parks.

Download the Rediscover Parks Poster

Try Recreation Challenge

Want to get outside and have fun but don’t know what to do? Try one, three, or all thirty of these great recreational activities! It’s never too late or early to have fun learning something new!

Download the Try Recreation Calendar
Download the Try Recreation Poster

Dowload the Try Recreation Social Media Images Package

Connecting Through Research 

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, in partnership with University of Alberta and Mount Royal University, are pleased to announce the third annual Connecting through Research stream as part of the ARPA annual conference.  This unique conference setting brings together academic, graduate, undergraduate and practitioner- based researchers to share peer reviewed work.  It is an opportunity to exchange knowledge, advance practices, policies and thinking in the field of recreation and parks, and broaden our professional networks.
 
Format

Proposals can include completed research projects, studies in progress, or conceptual ideas on a variety of topics within the recreation and parks field.  Successful proposals will be delivered as engaging panels, interesting oral presentations (include time to engage in a short discussion with audience members), or interactive posters.  Proposals that identify the applied or connective nature of research will be more successful. Call for Submission is open until June 5th, 2017.  
 
Click here to submit an abstract 
 
Submission Response: Updated by July 14th, 2017.
 
The submission should include:

  • Title
  • Key Words: 3-5
  • Author(s)
  • Presenter(s) if different from above
  • Abstract -Max 350 words

A key aspect of the proposal included purpose, results, application or connection (for example: what are the implications of this study, how can the information presented be utilized by practitioners, what other research is needed, collaboration opportunities for researchers and practitioners) and methods.
Please avoid any self-identifying references in the abstract.

Ensure your file is:

  • Formatted for printing on 8.5 by 11 inch paper.
  • Double-spaced; 12-point font (preferably Arial)
  • Follows the Chicago or American Psychological Association or American Sociological Association formatting style.
  • Saved as PDF or Word for Windows

Paper and poster presentations are open to any discipline or topic of interest with a connection to recreation and parks, such as:

- Community Development - Conservation
- Youth Development - Inclusive Practices
- Canadian Sport for Life - Facility Development/Management
- Volunteers - Non-profit and Municipal Management
- Leisure Theory - Technology
-Parks and Open Space - Physical Activity
- Public Health - Professional Development/Adult Education
- Public Policy - Outdoor Rec. Management & Planning

Student Support

ARPA is committed to supporting student involvement.  Student rates, bursaries and room sharing options are available.  Please contact Craig Cameron.

Contact

Craig Cameron, PhD
Research Stream Chair
Senior Recreation Liaison
University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
craig.cameron@ualberta.ca

ARPA Conference Research Stream Partners
 

                 

Non-Profit/Government Organization & Student Showcase

Friday, March 13, 3:00 – 5:30 PM

Join us for this social gathering to visit with fellow park practitioners, connect with some Non-profit and government organizations and meet the next generation of park employees and researchers. NGO’s and governments have been invited to display their organizations, programs and innovations with Forum delegates.

Back by popular demand - Students from Alberta colleges and universities have been invited to prepare posters that document innovations and trends in their fields of study. The Student Poster Session at the 2015 Parks Forum is intended to encourage stronger connections between practitioners and future employees, and to facilitate practitioners’ understanding of and connection to existing parks-related education programs within the province. Students will be keen to meet you and exchange ideas about park innovations and future career opportunities.

Download the Non-Profit/Government Organization Showcase Prospectus

Thank You to our Parks Forum Sponsors & Partners!

For the first time ever, the Parks Forum will feature a Trade Show! Places are available for Bronze level sponsors and higher. The event will take place Thursday, March 12, 2015.

If you're interested in Sponsorship opportunities click here. 

Platin​um Sponsors
Gold Sponso​rs
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Partners

Accomodations

There is a block of rooms at the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre set aside for Parks Forum participants. You can book your room online or by phone 1 (800) 716-6199 and remember to quote the group code CCM-GFC553 or Alberta Recreation & Parks Association.

Registration is Open!

Check out the 2015 Parks Forum Brochure and use the link or QR code below to register today!

Early Bird Registration Fees (until February 28, 2015)
ARPA Member, Provincial Parks, Parks Canada $450 (+GST)
Non-Member $550 (+GST)
Student $230 (+GST)
Pre-Forum Workshop (Wednesday, March 11, 10 AM - 4 PM) $99 (+GST)
Registration Fees (March 1, 2015 - March 12, 2015)
ARPA Member, Provincial Parks, Parks Canada $550 (+GST)
Non-Member $650 (+GST)
Student $330 (+GST)
Pre-Forum Workshop (Wednesday, March 11, 10 AM - 4 PM) $99 (+GST)

Register for the 2015 ARPA Parks Forum

Tradeshow

Engage with nearly 600 delegates from the recreation and parks sector in the beautiful setting of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

The tradeshow is held on the Friday evening of conference, October 25, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 
 

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Sponsorship

2019 Sponsorship & Tradeshow Prospectus

Silver level and higher sponsors include a tradeshow booth in a premium sponsors area.

Sign up as a sponsor.

If you would like more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve Allan at sallan@arpaonline.ca or (780) 644-4799.

International Play Association Conference

IPA Canada, the City of Calgary, ARPA, and other partner organizations look forward to hosting the 2017 International Play Association Conference! 

Register for the Conference

View the official 2017 IPA Conference website

IPA is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961 and provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors.

IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right.

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
“That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”

Learn more about the International Play Association at www.ipaworld.org and about the IPA Canada chapter at www.ipacanada.org

YDRS Award Recipients

HIGH FIVE Recreation Services Award
2014: Cardel Place 
2012: Collicut Centre

HIGH FIVE Outstanding Achievement Award
2014: WinSport
2012: City of Calgary

HIGH FIVE Trainer Award
2014: Leah Wirun
2012: Nici Carmicle

HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development Award
2012: Jennifer Gristwood

Purple Badge Award
2012: Heather Cowie

Kids at Hope No Exceptions! Award
2014: Hanna Learning Centre
2012: City of Edmonton

Kids at Hope Community Services Award
2014: Devon McMan
2012: Grande Prairie

Kids at Hope Outstanding Achievement Award
2012: Doray Veno

Kids at Hope Trainer Award
2012: Leanna Moon

YDRS Community Connection Award
2014: Sturgeon County Youth Council

YDRS Learnership Award
2014: Flagstaff County

Everybody gets to play Community Innovation Award
2012: Strathcona County

Registration

Registration for the 2017 ARPA Conference is now open! Join your recreation and parks peers from across the province in Lake Louise this fall.

Keynote speakers include Jon Montgomery, the host of Amazing Race Canada, Corey Johnson, a researcher and professor, and Doug Griffiths, author of 13 Ways to Kill your Community. This year’s exciting line-up of social events includes a Round Dance with Treaty 7, the Recreation for Life Scavenger Hunt, an O’Canada themed Tradeshow and improv by Rapid Fire Theatre!

Get ready to learn, connect and recreate in a beautiful setting!

Register for the Conference

View the Conference brochure

Conference Fees 

Delegate Fees* Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Rate (before Sep. 29) $645 $795 $350
Regular Rate (Sep. 30 - Oct. 18) $745 $895 $350
On-Site Rate (Oct. 19 - Oct. 28) $845 $995 $350
Friday Only** $360 $460 $175
Saturday Only**

$360

$460 $175

*Fees do not include GST
**Includes education sessions and lunch on registered day only

Pre-Conference Workshop Fees

Delegate Fees Member Non-Member Student
Half Day Workshops (lunch not included) $99 $129 $39
Full Day Workshops (lunch included) $199 $229 $59

Venue & Accomodations

Host Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
The room block at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is now full. Check back closer to the event as rooms may open up.

You can reserve your room using the online process or by calling the Fairmont central reservations at  1-800-441-1414 and mentioning the ARPA Conference. 

Note: If you are an ATRA member/delegate there is a separate online booking link available specific to ATRA. Please email sallan@arpaonline.ca for this link.

Room Rates start at $185 plus fees and taxes for Fairmont Room. 

Click here to make an online reservation!

Booking Policies - One night charge upon reservation and the entire stay will be charged 45 days prior to arrival. Only 1 room per delegate. If multiple rooms are required, we require the individuals name for that room. We reserve the right to cancel any duplicate reservations. 

Lake Louise Inn
We also have a block of rooms at the Lake Louise Inn and are planning on running a daily shuttle between the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Lake Louise Inn. 
Rooms at the Lake Louise Inn start at $133 plus fees and taxes for a standard room.

Reserve online, by email at info@lakelouiseinn.com or by calling the inn at 1-800-661-9237.

2019 ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop & ATRA Symposium

When: October 24-26, 2019

Where: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Conference Theme: Growing Recreation Together!

This year the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) and the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) are coming together to co-host the 2019 ARPA Conference & Energize Workshop and ATRA Symposium.  This Conference/Symposium will attract up to 600 delegates over three days of education, networking and connecting.

Growing Recreation Together is a fitting theme, as both organization’s make it their mission to improve the health and quality of life of all Albertans. This is the first time the two organizations will collaborate on their primary professional development event, but past programs from the associations have shared common themes. Both ARPA and ATRA are excited to be able to learn and share from our respective leaders and members.

Registration Open

Delegates Fees Member Non-Member Student/Presenter
Early Bird (before Feb 2) $285 $310 $120
Regular $330 $355 $120
One-day rate $185 $185 $120

Register Now!

Check out he On-Site Guide to see breakout sessions and keynote speakers!

The YDRS Symposium will be held at:

Radisson Hotel Red Deer
6500-67 St
Red Deer, AB, T4P 1A2
1-403-342-6567

Room Cost

Standard, 2 Queen - $109 + GST 
Please call the Radisson and mention YDRS for a reservation at the group rate