What is the Professional Development Grant?
Recreation Connections Manitoba (RCM) in its ongoing efforts to work alongside and with recreation professionals and practitioners in Manitoba, is committed to provide training and professional development opportunities to enhance the skills of those working in the recreation and related fields.
The Professional Development (PD) Grant has been established, in partnership with Manitoba Recreational and Regional Services, to provide opportunities for members to access financial assistance to host workshops, seminars, etc. in their region. These professional development opportunities must, first and foremost, target recreation professionals and provide them with opportunities to develop critical skills and knowledge.
Who is Eligible to apply for the Professional Development Grant?
Individual and Local Government members of RCM can apply for a professional development grant. Applicant(s) must consult and partner with their regional Recreation Director Association (or equivalent) in order to be eligible.
Download the 2019-2020 Application Guide & Form
Since 2008 the Recreation Professionals of the Interlake and Eastman regions, Recreation Connections Manitoba, the Interlake Recreation Practioners Association (IRPA), and Recreation and Regional Services have partnered to support the opportunity for professional development in the field of recreation. In the past, this often involved a two-day conference however this year’s approach was different. Identifying central locations to both regions, reducing cost and time demands on Recreation Professionals and increasing convenience were all considered by the organizing committee to help increase attendance. Data from the previous year’s event was used to help inform the agenda and with the help and support of Rec Connections Manitoba and the Interlake Recreation Practioners Association, a series of 3 Professional Development days was organized.
The 3 PD Days had an average attendance of 25 attendees per day. Attendees included Recreation Professionals, Facility Managers, and Leadership from various communities. Speakers and topics included Manitoba Hydro on Electric and Gas Rates; Rhonda Lorch from Lorch and Associated on Best Practices in Human Resource Management; Garth German on Conflict Resolution in Recreation and What we can Learn from Schools; Traditional Knowledge Keeper Blair Robillard on Aboriginal Games with Strength-based Capacity and Building Outside the Sport Silos; and ROC’s (Recreation Opportunities for Children) Executive Director, Moni Lowen and Development Coordinator, Chelsea Neufeld on Reaching the Hard to Reach. A tour of the new Dakota Community Centre fieldhouse was also included on the agenda.
Throughout the course of the PD events, not only were Recreation Professionals able to learn more about their interests and practice, but they were also able to connect, network and collaborate with peers and colleagues at a reasonable cost of $10 per day (which also included lunch!). While the committee is still in the process of evaluating the 2017/2018 year’s events, we will all look forward to the feedback and to seeing what this great partnership will yield for the 2019/2020 year.
Thank you to Rec Connections Manitoba, Interlake Recreation Practioners Association, the IERP Planning Committee, and attendees for your contributions.
Eastman Interlake Recreation Professional Development Days
Conference Planning Committee