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10 Years – Top 10 Milestones


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Top 10 Milestones


1998-1999: Recreation Nova Scotia formed from three organizations in 1999 becoming a voice for Recreation in Nova Scotia . Many milestones were realized beginning this year. Volunteer leadership training was a high priority. Workshops, presentations and training sessions on the benefits of recreation, inclusion and volunteer management courses were developed. RNS in partnership with Sport Nova Scotia and the former Sport and Recreation Commission launched the “Building Healthier Futures Through Recreation” campaign in 11 communities across Nova Scotia . RNS signed an agreement with the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability and began to partner with other provincial and national organizations including Heart Health, and Volunteer Canada. This first year saw membership increases, as well as major increases in volunteers. RNS participated in The International Year of the Older Person supporting seniors in Nova Scotia . The President of RNS was Michelle Richard

1999-2000: Provincial elections, accessibility and planning for the International Year of the Volunteer highlighted 2000. A RNS Accessibility Committee was formed, as well as an Education and Training Committee to meet the needs of volunteers and professionals. The first accessibility officer, Camille Vokey, was hired. HIGH FIVE was on our radar and to increase our understanding of the program we hosted a workshop on HIGH FIVE and meetings with stakeholders. Partnerships with organizations such as Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability, Partners in Access Awareness Week were developed. RNS offered new workshops in Economic Impact Assessments and Universal Play Space Design. With the support of many members and volunteer RNS launched its first provincial election campaign. This was also the year when the four Atlantic Province ‘s Recreation Associations came together in Moncton to discuss issues on recreation and develop a network within Eastern Canada . The President of RNS was Paul D’Eon.

2000-2001: A peek into future program needs highlighted 2001, as RNS had the foresight to foster and develop programs responding to the many needs of its membership and beyond. The Contract Funding Agreement with the NS Sport and Recreation Commission led the way, followed by a provincial event for students. RNS ensured that the recreation sectors opinions and thoughts were heard and considered as government developed and addressed the Volunteer Protection Act (Bill 98). This same year RNS sent representation to the National Sport Summit and the Active Schools Congress. RNS participated in the provincial committee coordinating celebrations of IYV – International Year of Volunteers, and the development of the 1 st Physical Activity for Children and Youth Strategy. RNS released a report on Accessibility Opportunities in Nova Scotia , published by Laurene Rehman. The beginning of HIGH FIVE in Nova Scotia as we embarked on our journey to pilot HIGH FIVE in 6 demonstration sites across Nova Scotia . The President of RNS was John Mac Lean.

2001-2002: Children, youth, recreations connection to health promotion, and HIGH FIVE highlighted 2002. Funding was received to co-ordinate the delivery of some components the Active Kids/Healthy Kids Strategy. Nova Scotia became the first province outside of Ontario to offer HIGH FIVE . Through a resolution passed at the AGM in Yarmouth Recreation Nova Scotia encouraged governments to provide quality, safe, recreation opportunities for children and youth living in poverty – this began our commitment to the Everybody Gets to Play movement. Nineteen leaders were trained as HIGH FIVE Trainers who, in turn, trained 450 recreation leaders in the Principals of Healthy Child Development, as well as 59 recreation supervisors in QUEST. Recreation Nova Scotia in partnership with SNS and GPI Atlantic released The Cost of Physical Inactivity in Nova Scotia Report. A group of members began meeting about the idea of hosting the national parks and recreation conference in Halifax in 2004. In 2002 the government of NS created the 1 st Office of Health Promotion. Sport and Recreation was restructured under this Office, as part of a Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation Unit. Recreation Nova Scotia , after meeting with members, presented a structural considerations report to Premier MacDonald who at the time was the Minister responsible for the Office of Health Promotion. President of RNS was Rick Gilbert.

2002-2003: RNS was selected by Volunteer Canada to co-host of the Canada Volunteerism Initiative with Community Links. 380 volunteers and professionals were trained in the code of volunteerism, membership engagement, effective organizations, strategic planning, and volunteer management. Recreation Nova Scotia launched Active Kids Nova Scotia, a web site designed to collect and share physical activity success stories, research and resources. The President of RNS was Norma MacLeod

2003-2004: Recreation Nova Scotia has reached into rural and urban communities in 2004 by starting programs, such as “June is Recreation Month”. RNS and Community Links supported volunteer groups with a CVI grant program, and by advancing the need for better policies and programs to ensure insurance is accessible and affordable for the voluntary sector. The HIGH FIVE parent education resource “Choosing the Right Program for Your Child” was released. Recreation Nova Scotia co-hosted with Halifax Regional Municipality and CPRA the National Parks and Recreation Conference and Trade Show. Many communities benefitted from RNS and CPRA coordinating “Everybody Gets to Play.” 50 HIGH FIVE leaders were trained. 550 leaders from communities throughout the province were trained in the Principles of Healthy Child Development and 125 supervisors were trained in HIGH FIVE QUEST. The President of RNS was Bob Suffron

2004-2005: Communications has always been a high priority throughout the ten years and it was demonstrated in 2005 as RNS launched a new web site and hired a Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator. Through an excellent communication strategy, RNS secured funds for a large number of projects. With the pilot phase of HIGH FIVE complete and all the data and evidence reviewed, RNS committed to delivering HIGH FIVE across Nova Scotia . RNS trained over 100 recreation leaders in the Everybody gets to Play tool kit. The Government of Nova Scotia’s commitment to the development of a Recreation Policy, and RNS’s involvement in planning and implementation of the Active Kids/Healthy Kids Strategy were highlights. Communications were enhanced with members, municipalities, partners, businesses, media and other organizations within the province and country. An example – 56,000 hits on the website and 10,200 hits on “June is Recreation Month” webpage. The President was Peter McCracken

2005-2006: In 2005 RNS coordinated the Take the Roof Off Winter campaign and “June is Recreation Month” was an enormous success that continues to involve people of all ages. RNS approved an Active Transportation Strategy and developed the Nova Scotia Volunteer Forum in partnership with FANES, Cape Breton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and Community Links. RNS in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors produced the Connecting Seniors to Active Living Report which lays the groundwork for a physical activity strategy for Nova Scotian seniors. RNS, along with Community Links and the CVI I Coordinating Committee invested in a process of engaging volunteers across Nova Scotia on the issues facing volunteers. The result was “The Talking with Volunteers Report” – a report to government outlining short term and long term recommendations. The President was Carol Pickings Anthony

2006-2007: Beginning with an Active Transportation Strategy, RNS proceeded towards providing a forum for Active Transportation by making the theme for the 2007 Annual Conference. In partnership with the Department of Health Promotion and Protection a major conference (Pathways for People) provided resources for municipal units, regions, provincial organizations and individuals to develop Active transportation programs in their communities. The President of RNS was Dianne Paquet (October – March), and Carol Pickings Anthony (April – October)

2007- 2008: Recreation Nova Scotia continues to foster and create new partnerships with all levels of government, municipal units, community organizations, provincial and national organizations, and individuals who share common goals to create an active recreation community in Nova Scotia . Recreation Nova Scotia through out the ten years has achieved its mission to support and recognize volunteers within Nova Scotia . RNS serves on the newly formed Nova Scotia Volunteer Community Advisory Council and transition team for CPRA as it transitions from an “association” to an “alliance”. RNS developed and released ‘’ and ‘’ . Recreation Nova Scotia offered a new series of workshop on nature awareness, coordinated a new speaker series fund-raiser, and signed an agreement with ParticipACTION to coordinate SOGO Active in Nova Scotia . The Recreation for ALL Association received charitable status. The President of RNS was Linda Atkinson

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