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Wednesday, November 18 - Morning

Keynote Session: Everyday Resiliency in Ever-Changing Times

Presenter: Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

With stress, uncertainty, and unrest at a record high, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s message is both inspirational and practical. She introduces her “Five Pillars of Resiliency”, and shares strategies to help foster each pillar in ourselves and others based on research-informed best practices and real-world applications. This interactive and engaging presentation helps participants regain a sense of order in ever-changing times and learn how to establish new daily routines to increase productivity and decrease anxiety.

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Dafoe provides practical strategies, grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others. 

Wednesday, November 18 - Afternoon

Engagement Through a Diversity Lens

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Presenter: Rhonda Rosenberg – Executive Director, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS)

Our communities are increasingly diverse. It is our strength. It requires intentional planning to engage and benefit all members. The Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) toolkit gives you a user-friendly framework with color-coded sections, photos, testimonials, success stories, etc. It includes an array of helpful tools and resources. It is designed to fit Saskatchewan’s unique needs with appropriate tools.  The session will include an introduction to the toolkit and the framework.

Having more than 25 years of experience facilitating anti-racism and cross-cultural education to the community, Rhonda has been the MCoS Executive Director since 2009, bringing expertise and experience in multiculturalism, anti-racism, youth leadership, experiential education, non-profit management, and policy governance.

Minimum Policies to be in Place in Rural Recreation Delivery

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Presenter: Doug Wyseman – Principal, Municipal Risk Services

In dealing with liability actions against municipalities, there is a vital difference between policy decisions and operational decisions. This session examines what minimum policies should be in place for rural recreation providers who have rinks, pools, playgrounds and sport fields.  For those who have few or no policies in place, the session will provide easy to follow steps to develop and implement policies immediately?  We will also discuss what policies are vital to having and which ones can wait.

Doug is the principal of the firm Municipal Risk Services Limited which specializes in conducting risk assessments on a variety of parks and recreation sites and developing and presenting risk management training programs for the public sector. 

Thursday, November 19 - Morning

Placemaking in Greenspaces   

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Presenters: Megan Jones and Gwen Johner   

Placemaking is the principle that helps create places and spaces in our communities that are safer, more livable and help drive economic success. The presenters will discuss case study examples from communities across Western Canada including some of our very own Communities in Bloom participants in Saskatchewan.  Be part of this presentation to learn the principles of placemaking and see practical examples of community spaces that draw people in and make them stay longer!

Megan Jones is a Community & Parks Planner with more than 18 years of experience. Currently residing in Regina, her first seven years of planning focused on parks, open spaces, recreation and culture planning throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

Gwen Johner is a retired Educator and Councillor for the Town of Indian Head, Saskatchewan.  Since her introduction to CiB in 2005, she has come to understand the importance of this program as a vehicle for community’s growth, improvement and pride. 

Introduction to Social Media Marketing and Branding

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Presenters: Brita Lind and Sabrina Heywood, Arcas Advertising 

Social media has never been more essential. Led by industry experts, this session will break down the fundamentals of digital marketing, social media, and branding to help you cut through the noise and make the most of your online presence. Learn the tricks of the trade, including best practices, industry examples, and programs designed to simplify your approach to social media while maximizing engagement. We’ll cover where to get your content (and what’s good content) and new ways to connect with your community by learning to share, promote, and become more skilled on a variety of platforms. Come with questions, leave with practical advice that will make social media easier.

Brita Lind, Chief Executive Officer, Arcas Advertising - Brita has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, branding, creative development, digital brand building and strategy at national and provincial levels. Brita has collaborated with numerous clients on creating remarkable creative that cuts through the noise to achieve the success her client’s desire.

Sabrina Heywood, Account Planner, Digital Strategist, Arcas Advertising - Sabrina eats, sleeps, and breathes digital creativity and engagement. Sabrina is forever on top of the many changes in social media, digital, web, and paid advertising. She has done and overseen organic and paid social programming and strategy for numerous clients and has been running Facebook ads for years.

Thursday, November 19 - Afternoon

Human Resource Management in a Pandemic

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Presenter: Leah Knibbs – Owner, Kn/a HR Consulting

With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, places of work have been challenged with keeping employees safe while ensuring work continues. From a Human Resources (HR) perspective, what supports exists, what have been some lessons learned and what are the next steps? With a HR focus, the session will discuss business continuity during a pandemic. What are the HR considerations for people working at home? What are some strategies for returning employees to the workplace? What if an employee doesn’t feel it’s safe to come back to the workplace – then what? This session will discuss accommodation and modification for employees.

Leah Knibbs has been providing HR consulting services for over 18 years.  Kn/a HR Consulting supports organizations in dealing with the people side of business and navigating the challenges presented with COVID 19.  Kn/a HR provides services to large and small organizations within Saskatchewan and beyond.

Going Digital: How Can Your Park or Recreation Property Monetize Opportunities in the Virtual World?

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Presenter: Brent Barootes – President and CEO, The Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists

The world has changed, so how do you adapt? This session will look at altering your thought process and your planning, and how to shift to monetizing opportunities in the digital world. The focus will be on your sponsorship, marketing and fundraising realignment to the digital world and looking at how you can monetize programming and other opportunities through digital.

In the past 30+ years, Brent has worked directly or indirectly with many large, medium and small sport, parks and recreation facilities and organizations as well as Canadian brands, corporations and businesses to develop, audit, enhance, design, and build effective sponsorship marketing and revenue programs.

Virtual Cooking Class

Times: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SPRA has partnered with Schoolhaus Culinary Arts to provide a FREE virtual cooking class as part of your Conference registration.

Two (2) timeslots are available on Thursday, November 19 and only 100 spots are available per time.

Advance registration is required and will be made available to delegates once you have registered for the Conference. 

Friday, November 20 - Morning

Supporting Risky Outdoor Play

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Presenter: Dr. Mariana Brussoni –Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC)

This session will help you build the case about the need for outdoor risky play as well as get practical ideas to make positive change in your work with children. Myths will be dispelled, truths revealed, and incredible opportunities for children to have new experiences introduced. Learn the key concepts that support outdoor play and how you can begin to incorporate these into your programs and plans.

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Mariana conducts research on children’s outdoor and risky play, adult attitudes related to children’s risk taking and safety, and designing supportive outdoor play environments. She has published her research extensively her work was featured in CBC’s the Nature of Things 2019 documentary, The Power of Play.

Innovative Solutions: Increased Participation and Retention of Women and Girls in Recreation Sport

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Presenter: Kia Schollar –Provincial Sport Consultant, Sask Sport Inc.

What is gender equity and how can it make sport and recreation better?  After this session, you’ll walk away with an understanding of key terms and benefits of gender equity. Plus, you’ll learn about some of the bumps that exist along the LTD pathway for girls and young women. Practical recommendations will be provided for coaches, recreation leaders, teachers, and sport administrators.

Kia Schollar is a former high performance athlete now working with Sask Sport Inc. Her role is to further the provincial sport ecosystem toward gender equity. She firmly believes in empowerment and ensuring people are well equipped with knowledge as they forge new and less travelled paths.

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