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The success of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) relies on sector professionals and practitioners to volunteer their time and expertise to move its mandate and vision forward. If you are looking to make a national contribution to the parks and recreation sector in new and rewarding ways, now is your chance.

We are seeking volunteers to join the:

  • CPRA Anti-Racism Task Group
  • CPRA Climate Action Task Group

Working with the CPRA CEO, members of these different Task Groups will provide insight and recommendations to the CPRA Board of Directors on addressing and combatting racism, and actions CPRA can take that support and increase climate resilience in the parks and recreation sector, respectively.

Applications will be accepted until July 30, 2021. Descriptions of the Task Groups can be found below.

Eligibility
Membership in each of the Task Groups is open to all interested individuals within the parks, recreation, community sport, academic as well as other sectors. We will strive to ensure that the Task Groups reflect the diversity of Canada.

Term
There is a 2-year term limit on membership. Candidates may serve a maximum of two terms.

Apply
To apply to be a member of one of the Task Groups, please send an email to info@cpra.ca by July 30, 2021, including:

  • Your name, area of practice, credentials, and affiliation;
  • The name of the Task Group to which you are applying;
  • A brief statement (max 300 words) describing your interest in serving on that Task Group and the experiences (either professional or personal) and expertise that you will bring to the committee, including any relevant experience that will bring value to the Task Group;
  • Your curriculum vitae or resume.

Description of the Task Groups

Climate Action Task Group
Positions available: 6
The role of the Climate Action Task Group is to monitor and gather information about key issues, resources, opportunities, and challenges about climate change and its relevance to the parks and recreation sector in Canada and to provide subject matter expertise on issues related to climate change.  Using the CPRA Climate Action Statement as a foundation, Task Group members will propose activities to, and deliver on tasks from, the CPRA Board Planning and Communication Committee, keeping in the forefront of all discussions, the goals of the Framework for Recreation in Canada and the actions in Parks for All.

Anti-Racism Task Group
Positions available: 6
The Anti-Racism Task Group monitors and gathers information about key issues, resources, opportunities, and challenges related to systemic racism and discrimination- in general and related to the parks and recreation sector in Canada. Members provide subject matter expertise and lived experiences (or provide guidance on how to obtain expertise and experiences) on issues related to racism and discrimination. They also provide guidance to CPRA about educational opportunities for Board members (provincial and territorial associations), their members, and staff to better understand racism and discrimination. Keeping in the forefront of all discussions, the goals of the Framework for Recreation in Canada and the actions in Parks for All, Task Group members provide advice about how CPRA can provide education, advocacy, networking and support to the parks and recreation sector on issues as they relate to racism and discrimination. Task Group members will receive and deliver on tasks from, as well as propose activities to, the CPRA Board Planning and Communication Committee. It is understood that the Task Group will address issues of racism that affect Black people, Indigenous People and People of Colour. Activities undertaken may address one, some or all members of racialized communities.

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