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Tuesday, September 26th 

Pre-Conference Event – Recreation for Mental Health Training Workshop

Time:   12:30 – 4:00 pm   (lunch provided upon arrival)

Location:  Heritage Park Building, Membertou

Fee:  $25.00

This half-day Recreation for Mental Health training workshop has been developed by a team of Dalhousie researchers in partnership with RNS to help recreation managers/supervisors/coordinators learn ways to their make recreation facilities and programs inclusive and welcoming to adults living with mental health challenges. Practical workplace guidelines will be shared and participants will be provided with access to resources for staff/volunteer training within their own organizations.

To Register: Email Debbie Bauld   dbauld@recreationns.ns.ca

In your email, please indicate your workplace position, the name of your employer and billing information as well as any dietary restrictions.

 

Conference Streams:

Stream 1 (Holistic Recreation themed)

Stream 2 (Planting Seeds themed)

Stream 3 (Growing Together themed)

Stream 4 (Research)

Wednesday, September 27th 

 

10:00am – 12pm: Welcome, Keynote Speaker: “Games of the Indigenous People” – Gerald R. Gloade

Gerald R. Gloade is an artist and educator who is currently the Program Development Officer for the Mi’kmawey Debert Project based in Truro, Nova Scotia. He started his career working as a Graphic Designer for the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources’ Communications and Education Branch more than 30 years ago. The focus of his work with the Province moved from forestry education and graphic art to sharing his culture and history in the landscape and environment of Mi’kma’ki with audiences of all ages.

Located near a cluster of twelve 13,300 year-old Paleo Indian sites, the Mi’kmawey Debert Project’s primary goal is to build a Mi’kmaw Cultural Center to protect the sites and share their stories. As an artist, educator and Mi’kmaw storyteller, Gerald guides the development of visitor and educational programs for the future cultural centre.  His stories and interpretations of the Kluskap legends in particular have captured many audiences. This new position has taken Gerald and his wife, Natalie, and their 2 sons, Gerald Donovan and Kyle, on the road throughout Mi’kma’ki, revisiting the many sacred places found in the Kluskap legends.

“It’s Time for us to Introduce Ourselves to Nova Scotia”

From the traditional district of Unama’kik, in the land of the Mi’kmaw, we look at the traditions, culture and heritage of the Mi’kmaw people.

By looking at the way of our ancestors, through our practices and protocols and the verb based language we see that our lives here were not just based on hunting, fishing and gathering for our daily survival.

We had always prepared and provided for our families and communities’ needs, ahead of time, allowing us time to entertain ourselves during our leisure time.

Sports and recreation were a very strong part of our daily activities and even as children we were taught applied skills to use in preparation for our adult lives.

These activities gave us important lessons in hand-eye coordination, health and well being, and ecological knowledge as it related, and we related to, the natural world around us.

 

“Communities in Transition” Luncheon – A Time for Connecting, Sharing and
Supporting

During the summer of  2016, a project on “communities in transition” was led by Recreation Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage. A series of key informant interviews were conducted with representatives from several municipal units that had undergone some form of major transition or status change during the past five years. Two of the recommendations that resulted from that project were: 

  • Provide opportunities for recreation practitioners and managers to network and learn from each other’s experiences
  • Develop an easily accessible Toolkit for Transition for municipal units, focused on recreation and physical activity

If your municipal unit is considering a status change like amalgamation, dissolution or shared/regionalized services, or if you have already gone through a similar change, we invite you to connect with others over lunch to share your experience, ask questions, identify supports and resources that may be required for a positive transition process and inform the development of a Toolkit for Transition. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, September 27th, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Location details TBD.

 

Breakout Session #1: 1:15pm- 2:45pm 

Traditional Activities That Reach Beyond the Tradition

In today’s recreation world, we are turning to more non-traditional activities to engage cross sections of every community. In this session, you will gain knowledge on new activities, as well as ways that they have been infiltrated in communities. From yoga in Mi’kmaq schools, to traditional Mi’kmaq archery, this session will bring together community leaders to explore new and traditional ways of engaging inactive youth. 

Presenters:

  • Janean Marshall, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Student Services Coordinator
    • Janean (Joe) Marshall has had a diverse Cultural upbringing and continues to honour both her Italian and Mi’kmaq cultural backgrounds.  Over the past twenty years she has obtained multiple degrees and trainings.  She was a junior high literacy specialist in Eskasoni for over ten years.  For the past five years she has been and continues to be the Student Services Consultant for Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. Janean has been an involved in sport such as field hockey, basketball, tennis, and equestrian throughout her live.  For the past 15 years she has been a basketball coach creating a female basketball program in her community.  She has been involved in the North American Indigenous games as a coach a manager in the Winnipeg games in 2014 as well as basketball manager and Athlete coordinator for the games this summer 2017 in Toronto.  She has completed over 400 hours of yoga training with Breathing Space in programs such as Yoga for Autism, Yoga for Special needs, Prenatal Yoga as well as Yoga Teacher training.  In partnership with Breathing Space Janean has trained over 40 teachers within the MK family of schools to use yoga and mindfulness techniques in their classroom.  Janean resides in Eskasoni with her family.  In life and in work Janean lives by her motto that family is everything, and one can get through everything one breath, one moment at a time.
  • Gerald Gloade, Mi’kmawey Debert Cross Cultural Facilitator
    • Gerald R. Gloade is an artist and educator who is currently the Program Development Officer for the Mi’kmawey Debert Project based in Truro, Nova Scotia. He started his career working as a Graphic Designer for the Nova Scotia Department. of Natural Resources’ Communications and Education Branch more than 30 years ago. The focus of his work with the Province moved from forestry education and graphic art to sharing his culture and history in the landscape and environment of Mi’kma’ki with audiences of all ages.

Follow a Movement, Build Community, Physical Activity and Education

Walking in the Footsteps has been a staple in Acadia First Nation for the past two years. The ideology of following their ancestors has done more than increase physical activity, but brought multiple communities together through movement. This session will go beyond just Acadia First Nations and show how other first nation communities, education and the Navy has become part of this movement, using the original philosophy to increase physical activity and education around Mi’kmaq people outside Mi’kmaq communities.

Presenters:

  • Jordan Smith, Mi’kmaq Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator, Glooscap & Annapolis Valley
    • Jordan is a member of Glooscap First Nation and works from the Health Centre as the coordinator for the Mi’kmaw Physical Activity Leadership (MPAL) program. She is a graduate of Acadia University’s School of Professional Studies, with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. Jordan is also a certified personal trainer though the Aboriginal Warrior Program and a First Aid Instructor for the Canadian Red Cross. In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with her two siblings, or exploring the Maritimes with her dog, Cody. 

Re-Entering Recreation

As health issues increase in our world, people are turning to  recreation as a way to support their mental well-being. Recreation provides benefits beyond physical activity, which is often unquantifiable in today’s society. This session will look at programs from around the province that are using recreation to support people re-emerging into society from mental and physical health issues and addictions.  

Presenters:

  • Matt Moore, General Manager, Rath Eastlink Community Centre
    • After majoring in Sport & Exercising Psychology – at the University of New Brunswick Matt began his career as a coach with the Alberta Sport Development Centre.  This lead to his involvement in opening “Canada’s Largest Recreation Complex”, Macdonald Island Park, in Fort McMurray, AB.  Returning home to the Maritimes, Matt joined the management team at the Moncton YMCA while teaching at Eastern College.  Matt was the inaugural General Manager at the PotashCorp Civic Centre in Sussex, NB and is now leading the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro, NS.
  • Monika Dutt, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, MBA, MPH, Executive Director ,Upstream
    • Monika Dutt is the Executive Director of Upstream, a movement to create a healthy society through evidence-based, people centred ideas. She works as a family physician in Wagmatcook First Nation and has been a Medical Officer of Health for Cape Breton. When not at work, her favourite place to be is outdoors in the highlands of Unama’ki with her five year old son.

Research Session

This research block will consist of 3 research talks (each 20 mins + 5 mins for Q&A):

  1. Dr. Susan Hutchinson and Dr. Karen Gallant, Dalhousie University
    Recreation for Mental Health
    • Susan and Karen are both faculty members in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. Susan’s interest is in the ways leisure education can help people overcome barriers to doing more of what matters to them in their communities. Karen’s focus is on how to enhance sense of belonging in the community. They are project leads within a research team supporting the Recreation for Mental Health project, along with Dr. Lara Fenton from University of Manitoba and Dalhousie colleagues Drs. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Cathy White, Rob Gilbert and Heidi Lauckner, graduate students Robyn Burns and Rachele Manett, and community partners leading the project: Debbie Bauld (RNS) and Pam Magee (CMHA-NS Division).
  2. Bettina Callary, Odette Griscti, Marcia Ostashewski and Leslie Wardley, Cape Breton University
    Yoga Research 
    • Dr. Bettina Callary is an associate professor in Sport and Physical Activity Leadership and Community Studies at Cape Breton University. Her research interests include coach education, learning, and development from high performance to community coaches and instructors, and understanding how pedagogy influences athlete and student learning, motivation and wellbeing. Bettina is on the editorial board for the International Sport Coaching Journal. Further interests include the Long Term Athlete Development model and qualitative research methods.
  3. Rachel Sparling (Honours student) and Mary Sweatman, Acadia University
    Well sibling experiences: A literature review on the siblings of persons with mental illness.
    • Rachel Sparling, from Oakville, ON, is in her 3rd Year of a Bachelor of Community Development & Environmental Sustainability program at Acadia University. Her own personal experience with family mental illness has led to Rachel’s interest in the impact of mental illness on well-siblings. She has a passion for establishing peer support programs that include siblings. Discovery and understanding are an important part of who Rachel is, and she uses travel and a camera lens for growth in these areas.  

Breakout Session #2: 3:15pm – 4:30pm

Sporting Events – More Than Sport

Building communities has always been supported by events that bring people together. A majority of events can be built around sport or competition, but each event is more than sport. This session will bring speakers together that lead events which include sporting activities, but encompass so much more, from the North American Indigenous Games, Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Summer Games to Acadian Games and more.

Presenters:

  • Levi Denny, Recreation Director, Eskasoni First Nation
    • Levi Denny is a proud Mi’kmaq from Eskasoni First Nation, the largest Mi’kmaq community in the world . He works for Eskasoni as a Sports and Recreation Coordinator and is Co-chair for the 2017 Nova Scotia Recreation Conference.  He has a life long passion for Sports and Recreation and has always been an active member of his community in life and work. Levi has coached and promoted sport from the grass roots level, to the national level. His  passion and traditional values have led him to pursue a deeper meaning and understanding of what ” Sport and Recreation ” means. Levi has been part of the Mi’kmaq summer games since 2010 when the new summer games began. With Eskasoni being the host for the 2018 Mi’kmaq Summer games, Levi will serve as the Coordinator. 
  • Tex Marshall, Chef De Mission Team NS, NAIG 2017
    • Tex is from Eskasoni First Nation and has had a lifelong passion for sport and opportunities for Aboriginal youth. He was one of the founding members of the Aboriginal Sport Circle of Canada, where he served 5 terms on the Executive as Treasurer, Vice-Chair 2 Terms, and Chair/President 2 Terms, while being a Board member for over 20 years.
  • Irvine Carvery, Africville Geneological Society, Founder

Taking Back Winter Recreation

During the spring and summer, we take time out to enjoy the sun, but during the winter months many become shut in, forgetting to explore recreation during the colder season. This session will look at the Fundy region which has taken on the challenges of getting people outdoors during the winter months. From Learn to Skate programs to free facilities – they have built a supportive environment for winter recreational activities.

Presenters:

  • Shannon Jarvis, Active Community Coordinator, Town of Truro
    • Shannon is the Active Community Coordinator for the Town of Truro. She is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and loves to encourage people to go outside and play all year long. One of the ways she shares her passion for winter activity is through biathlon; she is both a coach and official.
  • Craig Burgess, Recreation Director, Colchester Recreation Department
    • Craig has been the Recreation Director of Colchester County since May of 2008. He previously was the Recreation Director for the Town of Berwick from 2000 – 2008. Craig has his  long time passion with the sport of curling and has been coaching and running the junior program in Truro since his return to Colchester.
  • Bill Schurman, Director of Recreation, Town of Amherst
    • Bill’s experience in recreation, sport, tourism & community development spans 40 years through 4 provinces and 1 state. Bill joined the “A team in 2014 as Director of Recreation & is a passionate advocate for active healthy community and in dreaming “big”. He has served on several National Boards including CPRA, & currently co-chairs the SOAR and NS northern zone community health boards. Bill will be speaking about the Amherst No Fee Youth Ice Pilot Project.
        

Moving Physical Literacy Forward in Recreation

Physical literacy is defined as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.

We would like to invite you to be part of a conversation to help inform a provincial Action Plan aimed at improving Physical Literacy levels of all Nova Scotians throughout the lifespan. This interactive session will introduce some of the programs that are currently being developed and explore some of the opportunities that can help frame this provincial plan.

Presenters:

  • Mike Hudson, Sport Consultant, Province of Nova Scotia, Communities, Department Culture and Heritage
    • Mike Hudson is a Consultant with the Provincial Government in the department of Communities, Culture and Heritage with responsibilities around coaching education and leadership Development. Prior to joining the province Mike was a Director of Coaching with Soccer Nova Scotia and a member of Soccer Canada’s Long Term Player Development steering committee. 
  • Brendon Smithson, Recreation Consultant, Province of Nova Scotia, Communities, Department Culture and Heritage
    • Brendon Smithson is the current acting manager for the province of Nova Scotia. Brendon has worked in municipal recreation for 11 years before moving to the provincial office. Much of his work has involved the mi’kmaw communities and supporting them around physical activity.  ‎In Brendon’s free time he can be seen playing, coaching, reffing lacrosse during the spring, summer and fall months.

Research Session

This research block will consist of 3 research talks (each 20 mins + 5 mins for Q&A):

 

  1. Emily Root, Kathy Snow, Bettina Callary and Catalina Belalcazar, Cape Breton University
    Playground Naturalization

    • Emily Root is an Assistant Professor in Community Studies and Sport & Physical Activity Leadership at Cape Breton University.Kathy Snow is an Assistant Professor in Education at Cape Breton University. Bettina Callary is an Associate Professor in Community Studies and Sport & Physical Activity Leadership at Cape Breton University.Catalina Belalcazar has completed her 4th year honours thesis in the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program at CBU. 
  1. Leigh Potvin, Cape Breton University
    More than pink shirts and posters (community wellness and inclusivity)
    • Leigh Potvin is a former high school family teacher and GSA staff lead. As an academic, Leigh focuses on gender and sexual equity and the ways that straight people can work to leverage their privilege in order to create safer, healthier, and more equitable environments for youth and communities.
  2. Mary Sweatman, Acadia University
    Servant leadership, empathy and happiness in sport 
    • Mary Sweatman teaches in the Department of Community Development at Acadia University.  She is a PhD candidate in Nova Scotia’s Inter-University PhD Program in Education Studies

 

Thursday, September 28th

9am – 10am: Plenary Speaker, Recreation in Isolation – Maggie MacDonnell

Maggie MacDonnell is a sport for development practitioner with over 10 years of global field experience. Her work has brought her to many corners of the globe and ranged from working with Congolese refugees, to Tanzanian HIV/AIDS activists, to Inuit youth in Northern Canada. She completed her undergraduate in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University, studied leadership and community development at Coady International Institute, and pursued her Masters on gender, sport and community development at the University of Toronto. She studied directly under Dr. Bruce Kidd and her work on sport as a tool in peacebuilding was shared at the Beijing Olympics.  In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Jeanne Sauve Fellowship and joined a community of 14 international youth scholars and activists.

In 2017 Maggie was named the winner of the US $1,000,000 Global Teacher Prize, standing out from over 20,000 nominees from 179 countries. Maggie has been recognized for her work by the Governor General, to the Albert Einstein Foundation to most recently being named one of BBC’s top 100 Women. Maggie is passionate about creating sport and recreation programs that create opportunities for social mobility, empower youth and cultivate healthy communities. She is the co-founder of Qajaq/Kayak – an organization that aims to revitalize the culture of kayaking with Inuit youth and adults. She is also co-founder of the Nunavik Running Club which trains Inuit youth to both be runners and philanthropists.

Breakout Session #3: 11:00am – 12:15pm

Community Strategy – A Holistic Approach

A holistic view means that we are interested in engaging and developing the whole person. You can think of this as different levels of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. It is the concept that the human being is multi-dimensional. We have conscious and unconscious aspects, rational and irrational aspects. We are a body/mind. Not just intellect, but emotion, instinct, intuition, as well. This session will explore Holistic approaches and success stories from around the province.

Presenter:

  • Tex Marshall, Aboriginal Sport Consultant, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey
    • See Bio in Breakout session #2: Sporting Events
  • Maggie MacDonell, Teacher, 2017 Global Teacher Prize
    • See Bio of Plenary Speaker above

Turning the Tide on Nature Deficit Disorder

Since Richard Louv coined the phrase Nature Deficit Disorder, re-connecting youth with nature has been a high priority in the recreation sector. Connecting people to nature was strengthened in Nova Scotia with the Shared Strategy for Advancement for Recreation, and having Connecting People to Nature as a Goal #3. This session will show projects, networks and opportunities from around Nova Scotia that are moving Goal #3 forward. From trail development, to the Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network, many great things are changing to overcome the Nature Deficit Disorder within our province.

Presenters:

  • Jordan Smith, Mi’kmaq Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator, Glooscap & Annapolis Valley
    • See Bio in Breakout Session #1
  • Jillian Griffin, Active Living Coordinator, Yarmouth Recreation
    • Jillian Griffin is the Active Living Coordinator for the Town and Municipality of Yarmouth. She works with the community to  increase the number of people who enjoy the benefits of physical activity by enabling, advocating, and encouraging active lifestyles. For the last year and a half Jill has been coordinating a community stakeholder group who have a focus on increasing outdoor child-led play.
  • Pat Maher, Chair, Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network
    • Dr. Pat Maher is an Associate Professor of Community Studies and Outdoor Leadership at Cape Breton University. He is the past editor of the Journal of Experiential Education, and current editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. As an educator, Pat is the recipient of a 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the Willi Unsoeld Award for Transformative Education. As a researcher he has over 20 years of experience working on outdoor recreation and sustainable tourism topics around the globe. Pat is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, he convened the 7th International Outdoor Education Research Conference at CBU in 2016, and for the past 2 years has sat on the Nova Scotia Outdoor Network’s Advisory Council as the Chair of the Research and Evaluation Working Group.

Recreation Shared Strategy  – Stories of Moving Forward

Two years ago, the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia was launched at the Recreation Nova Scotia Conference in Digby. By all accounts, it is still going strong and continues to gain uptake and momentum.  With the alignment of the National Framework for Recreation in Canada and the Shared Strategy, recreation in Nova Scotia has never been better positioned.  Using the Shared Strategy as a guiding document, municipalities across Nova Scotia are implementing and applying the Shared Strategy in their own way.  Join us for this session which will highlight the stories of two municipalities and how they are using the Shared Strategy to move recreation forward in their communities.

Presenters:

  • Trudy Payne, Director of Recreation Services, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.
    • Trudy is a graduate of Acadia University and she has obtained Level 1 and 2 of the National Advanced Certificate in Local  Authority Administration from Dalhousie University.  She has been working in recreation for 27 years, and prior to her current role, has held positions including Director of Recreation in the Town of Lockeport, Community School Coordinator and then Director of Recreation and Parks with the Municipality of Chester, Executive Director for RNS.  
  • Rachel Bedingfield, Director of Parks & Recreation, Town of Kentville
    • Rachel is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville. Recently, Rachel was named to the Canadian Association of the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) list of the top 25 most influential women in Canada in the field of Sport and Physical Activity.
  • Marlene  Melanson, Recreation Director, Municipality of the County of Antigonish
    • Marlene melanson is the recreation director for municipality of the County of antigonish, and been in the recreation sector for over 25 years. She has a recreation degree from universite de moncton.   Marlene has been with the county recreation department since the department was created in 1991 as a summer student and then hired on full time in 1992. In her free time, Marlene can be found with her two daughter usually around a volleyball court 
  • Cindy Fraser, Recreation Co-ordinator, Municipality of Pictou County
    • Cindy Fraser has been the Recreation Co-ordinator for the Municipality of Pictou County for the past 24 years. Prior to that she worked in O’Leary, PEI and the City of Sydney Recreation Departments. She has a background in sport as a competitor, coach and builder, and was inducted into the Cape Breton Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in 2004. Cindy lives in Merigomish and is married with 3 very active boys.  

Research Session

This research block will consist of 3 research talks (each 20 mins + 5 mins for Q&A):

  1. Bettina Callary, Cape Breton University
    Adult Physical Activity
    • See Bio in Breakout Session #1 Research Session
  2. Mary Sweatman, Acadia University
    Creating connections between long-term care residents and university students
    • See Bio in Breakout Session #2 Research Session
  3. Dr. Susan Hutchinson, Dalhousie University
    Steps to Connect (recreation-based education program for people living with chronic conditions)   
    • See Bio in Breakout Session #1 Research Session

Breakout Session #4: 1:30pm – 2:45pm

Two-Eyed Seeing

Etuaptmumk, or Two-Eyed Seeing, is a concept developed by Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall of Eskasoni. Two-Eyed Seeing refers to the concept of seeing the world through two views simultaneously. One eye sees from the perspective and insight of Western knowledge, and the other eye sees from the perspective and insight of traditional Indigenous knowledge. Brought together, the two eyes benefit everyone. Two-Eyed Seeing has been applied to the fields of science and health by CBU’s Institute for Integrative Science & Health. But what does the approach look like when applied to the recreation field? This session will focus on the Two-Eyed Seeing approach and its potential application and benefit to the recreation sector in Nova Scotia.

Presenters: 

  • Clifford Paul, Moose Management Coordinator, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources
  • Representative from the Mi’kmaq Conservation Group

WomenActive – Stories of Action

This session will focus on sharing Nova Scotian stories about how change is possible in improving gender equity, and engagement of girls and women in participant and leadership roles within Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity. Our presenters will be stories tellers from across Nova Scotia – with a focus on our Mi’kmaq communities.

Be prepared to be inspired.

Presenter:

  • Gabrielle Gallagher, Project Manager, WomenActive-NS
    • Gabrielle is the present Project Manager of the Women Active Nova Scotia Association (WANSA).  She has spent the past 12 years working within the realm of Active Living and Health Promotion.  Gabrielle brings a background of strategy development and implementation, innovative collaborative projects, and energy.  She is very pleased to be hosting WomenActive’s session at this year’s RNS Conference. 

Creating a Welcoming Environment to Newcomers

In collaboration with recreation agencies and community organizations, the Regional Recreation Access for Newcomers Initiative will focus on addressing barriers and identifying pathways and strategies for improved newcomer engagement within HRM.

Presenters:

  • Sally O’Neil, Municipal Physical Activity Leader, Active Pictou County
    • Sally is Coordinator of Active Pictou County, a partnership of the six municipal units of Pictou County to encourage all citizens to be physically active. Sally is passionate about the growing opportunities to serve diverse populations with recreation and leisure activities, and their potential to aid in positive settlement experiences for newcomers to Canada. She is a former board member, and active organizer with the Multicultural Association of Pictou County, a volunteer with the annual Multicultural Fusion Festival, and held the position of Newcomer Navigator with the former Pictou Regional Development Agency. She is excited to share her experiences programming and recreating with newcomers, and her hopes for a welcoming and inclusive future for rural Nova Scotia.
  • Lina Arafeh, Recreation Access Coordinator, Halifax Regional Municipality 
    • Lina Arafeh is the Recreation Access Coordinator for the Regional Recreation Access for Newcomers Initiative, sponsored by Halifax Parks and Recreation. The Initiative focuses on addressing barriers and identifying pathways and strategies for improved newcomer engagement. Lina is a professional interpreter and translator and a refugee from Syria who comes to her position with a firsthand understanding of the challenges newcomers encounter as they navigate Canadian systems

Research Session

  1. Allie Berry, Acadia University
    Acadia Youth Connection: A student mentorship program encouraging youth engagement

    • Allie Berry is a 5th year student in Community Development and a varsity athlete.  Recreation and sport have always been very important to Allie, and she is dedicated to creating recreation opportunities for youth where ever she goes.  Allie is very involved in collaborating with Acadia’s Community Development Department, the Youth Portal and the Town of Kentville, creating and researching programs for youth that involve positive role models through recreation

2. Sherry Jarvis, Research Project Coordinator at Dalhousie University.

Preliminary Research Finding for the Healthy Eating in Recreation and Sport Settings (HERSS) Research Project

 

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