An­nual RNL con­fer­ence and AGM

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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