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New rec coordinator eager to get ESP rec rolling again

Posted: June 22, 2021

New rec coordinator eager to get ESP rec rolling again

Nicole McDonald is the RM of East St. Paul’s new Recreation Services Coordinator and she was looking forward to having a more typical summer to get the rec ball re-rolling in the municipality.

But with health orders still looming large, McDonald is looking to engage the community in a safe way and develop programming based on what people of all ages want.

"I’m very excited to be here and I hope to promote some community connection even throughout COVID. My biggest goal for September is to be launching some children’s and adults recreation programs, whether that’s virtual or in person, and I’ll just roll with the restrictions at the point,” McDonald said.

"Safety is the No. 1 priority, and you also have to take into consideration that my comfort level is different than someone else’s comfort level, and my job is to honour everyone’s comfort level in terms of the pandemic and what they’re ready for. I’d like to do some surveys to touch base with families, older adults, individuals, and get a basis for what are they looking.”

It’s that connection with community that makes any program successful, McDonald said, and she wants to hear from people and learn more about their wants and needs.

"My focus right now is understanding the community that I’m coming into and making sure that I have an open door policy with everyone, so if they have thoughts, feelings, interests they can throw them my way and let’s build together because that’s my whole purpose,” she said.

"I can put out programs all day long, but if those aren’t the programs that people want, then I’m not doing my job.”

McDonald comes to East St. Paul from the McDonald-Headingly Recreation District where as the program director she provided programming for both RMs and several communities within them.

A graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in recreation management and community development, McDonald ran approximately 70 in-person or virtual programs on a quarterly basis. She’s looking forward to being able to focus on one community.

"We would break the programs into seasons and we would offer a variety of different art workshops, kids programs and fitness activities,” she said.

"That’s certainly something I’m looking to implementing here in East St. Paul. I think that it’s a really fantastic opportunity for me to come in and work with one community, whereas previously I had to disperse all programs and community events among seven communities.”

McDonald has run outdoor nature programs after school and when she arrived in East St. Paul and saw the RM’s 13 parks, it put a big smile on her face.

"There’s so much opportunity here,” she said.

"I would like to start doing things like loose parts play and all the activities that can take play outside, fitness in the park, a moms group. All the access we have here to parks and greenspace is phenomenal.”

And of course, the ESP Farmers Market, which McDonald started early this year on June 13 and runs Sundays until Sept. 26.


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