Annual RNL conference and AGM
More than 150 recreation leaders from all areas of the province are expected to attend the 43rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (RNL) May 30-31.
This major recreation gathering, being hosted by the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor, will offer a wide range of informational and educational sessions for volunteers, practitioners and municipal leaders.
With a theme of ‘Building Blocks of Recreation’, conference organizers have designed an agenda that reflects on the foundational role that recreation plays in community development.
RNL President, Dawn Sharpe of Portugal Cove-St. Philips summed up the conference.
“The Conference Planning Committee has worked extremely hard to develop an agenda that provides a unique blend of education, social networking and recognition.”
RNL President-Elect and Conference Co-chair Blair Delaney of Mount Pearl said “The scope of the sessions being offered is valuable for recreation leaders and will provide them the opportunity to discuss and develop important aspects of recreation.”
Personal Growth and Leadership Coach, Randy Taylor will be giving his keynote address on ‘ The Power of Why’, at the conference opening. Taylor will speak to the process to achieve goals and the necessity of connecting to a strong enough ‘why’ both in business and personal pursuits.
He promises to deliver a personal message on making an emotional connection for delegates to understand the difference their work makes in the lives of others.
‘Cold Hard Facts’, an informative workshop for recreation and municipal leaders, will demonstrate the cost savings potential that exists in a wide variety of recreational facilities. The Recreation Management Professional Certificate Program will have the first graduates of this program receiving their certificates, immediately following the workshop.
Roundtable discussions for Arena, Aquatic and Recreation leaders are being set up for Friday afternoon.
Saturday, the day will start with a plenary session on ‘Community Use of Schools’. Representatives from the province’s English School Board, and the Departments’ of Education and Tourism, Culture and Recreation will present government policy and practice as it relates to the community use of schools.
Educational sessions include, ‘NL Regional Recreation Master Planning’, ‘ Issues and Challenges of Recreation Providers in NL’, ‘Good Health for EveryBODY’, ‘Is Your Facility Ready’, ‘Emergency Management’, ‘ Selling Your Recreation Plan’, ‘ Elevate Your Event Using Fireworks’, ‘ Tech Applications- Using the Tools for Higher Engagement’ and ‘ Effective Grant Writing’.
An Exhibitors Trade Show is scheduled Friday evening, showcasing a wide range of corporate and community products and services.
The conference will end Saturday evening with the Annual Awards Banquet, honouring individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to the furtherance of recreation in the province.