Rationale for the Delivery of Public Leisure Services Webinar Series - 1

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Rationale for the Delivery of Public Leisure Services

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:00 PM (AST)

Presenters: Brian Johnston and Meaghan Carey, RC Strategies

Municipalities across Atlantic Canada are responsible for efficiently providing rewarding leisure experiences for their residents. This workshop focuses on the fundamentals of the business we are in and explores how we rationalize spending public funds on parks and recreation services. Through a benefits-based approach, this workshop will construct a complete and compelling rationale which underpins all that we do and will provide a platform for decision making, planning, communicating about the benefits of public leisure services and setting priorities in your community.

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Drivers of Change Webinar Series - 2

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Drivers of Change

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 2:00 PM (AST)

Presenters: Brian Johnston and Meaghan Carey, RC Strategies

Recent decades have been marked with rapid societal change, economic fluctuations, increased globalization and a rise in digital information technology. These changes have led to new opportunities and presented new challenges in how municipal recreation services and facilities are planned, organized and implemented or built. As such, contemporary recreation professionals must be innovative and proactive as they are required to anticipate and effect community change, rather than waiting to react to shifting community demands. Through an exploration of key social, cultural, economic and environmental factors or drivers of change, this workshop will explore how the provision of public recreation is impacted and influenced by societal change. Furthermore, the discussion will address how recreation is an integral component to the social fabric of modern communities particularly in times of hardship, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic event.

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Fees and Charges Webinar Series - 3

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Fees and Charges

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 2:00 PM (AST)

Presenters: Brian Johnston and Meaghan Carey, RC Strategies

Determining the value of leisure activities and experiences is a challenge faced by all in the parks and recreation sector. Building on the fundamentals outlined in the Rationale for the Delivery of Public Leisure Services workshop, this workshop will translate that philosophical foundation into operational policy. It focuses on the best approach to develop policy that governs all aspects of what and how much to subsidize different categories of users. While the workshop doesn’t specifically address facility allocation priorities, participants will develop the knowledge and understanding of how the presented fees and charges framework can be easily adapted to a facility allocation policy.

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Canadian Outdoor Summit

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:00 am - Friday, October 02, 2020 5:00 pm
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Our whole world has changed. Our challenges too. Therefore, we are replacing September’s Canadian Outdoor Summit by a big virtual meeting on the same dates. This event will be focused on finding, sharing and coordinating actions for our sector. More information will follow.

Hence, please note that the Canadian Outdoor Summit is postponed to September of 2021.
Save the dates. We will now host Advanced camps the first Friday of every month for us to gather and move forward. The first Advanced Camp meeting will be Friday June 5th 2020 at 1:00PM Eastern.

Measuring What Matters Webinar Series - 4

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Measuring What Matters

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:00 PM (AST)

Presenters: Brian Johnston and Meaghan Carey, RC Strategies

There is an old adage in management circles – you can’t manage what you don’t measure. This workshop challenges parks and recreation practitioners throughout Atlantic Canada to consider what the real benefits of recreation are, and how those benefits could be measured. The need to shift the what and how we measure will be explored, considering how transitioning from a focus on measuring outputs to a new paradigm of measuring outcomes could lead to greater accountability. The discussion builds on the previously outlined Rationale for the Delivery of Public Leisure Services (in workshop #1) and Drivers of Change (in workshop #2), and is consistent with the fundamentals discussed within the Fees and Charges workshop.

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Effective Public Engagement Strategies Webinar Series - 5

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Effective Public Engagement Strategies

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:00 PM (AST)

Presenters: Brian Johnston and Meaghan Carey, RC Strategies

Engaging with the public is of key strategic concern for municipalities of all sizes across Atlantic Canada. When well done, public engagement means that decision making will not just be led by elected officials or vocal elites, but by the community as a whole. This workshop will present a framework for determining best practices on engaging the public in the decision-making process, specifically addressing when to engage, how to engage, and how much to engage. It concludes with a process of how to evaluate your engagement activities. In total 21 different public engagement strategies are reviewed and evaluated. A special section on how to engage with the most vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the community is included.

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