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Federal, Provincial and Territorial Physical Activity and Recreation Committee (FPT PARC) – Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Knowledge Translation Speaker Series

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on all facets of society. Of particular importance to CPRA and the sector is the negative impact that the pandemic has had on the recreation, physical activity, and community sport sectors, comprised of facility operators, program planners and service providers, among others.

Federal, provincial, and territorial governments recognized the importance of responding to these unprecedented challenges and changes. In partnership with CPRA, the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Physical Activity and Recreation Committee (FPT PARC) developed and hosted a two-part, expert speaker series for the public sector, developed and delivered between December 2021 and March 2022.

Summary of Sessions

Session 1: February 10, 2022

Topic: Emerging from the Pandemic: Prioritizing Physical Activity and Recreation

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  • Societal implications of COVID-19: The impact of the pandemic on people, places, and programs with a focus on equity
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the movement behaviours of Canadians and the NGO sector
  • Rebuilding and strengthening communities – the essential role of physical activity and recreation in revitalizing and strengthening communities
  • Re-examining our efforts in promoting physical activity – opportunities to prioritize physical activity and recreation as a result of COVID-19 and the role of A Common Vision and Framework for Recreation in Canada.

Expert speakers:

  • John Frittenburg, President of The JF Group; Lead Consultant, ReImagine RREC
  • Lindsay McLaren, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary
  • Caralynn Nault, Team Leader, Waterways Recreation Inc. (Manitoba, Canada)
  • Mike Roma, President, CPRA; Partner, RC Strategies + PERC (Session Facilitator)
  • Steve Kellock, Director of Recreation, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
  • John Spence, Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, University of Alberta

Session 2: March 8, 2022

Topic: Reframing and inspiring success toward active, vibrant communities

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  • Overview of success measurement tools focused on wellbeing and quality of life
  • Success stories from Albert Lea, Minnesota and Mississauga, Ontario
  • The contribution of physical activity and recreation to community vibrancy, productivity and success
  • Opportunities to prioritize and position physical activity and recreation within different government policy objectives in a post-pandemic world

Expert speakers:

  • Jennifer Cowie Bonne, Manager, Community & Neighbourhood Development, City of Mississauga, Ontario
  • Peggy Edwards, Health Promotion Consultant, Policy Analyst and Writer
  • Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Partner, Urban Planner, Dialog Design
  • Craig Joyce, Advisor, Finance Canada
  • Ellen Kehr, Organization Lead Blue Zones Project, Albert Lea, Minnesota
  • Tricia McGuire-Adams, Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Ganandawisiwin (Good Health) Sovereignties, University of Ottawa
  • Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair, 8 80 Cities, Ambassador, World Urban Parks, President, Gil Penalosa & Associates
  • Mike Roma, President, CPRA; Partner, RC Strategies + PERC (Session Facilitator)