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ESP Mayor & Councillors attend Provincial Recreation Conference in Winnipeg

Posted: March 17, 2015

East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart & Councillors Orest Horechko and Charles Posthumus recently attended the 19th Annual Provincial Recreation Conference hosted by Recreation Connections Manitoba (RCM) in Winnipeg.  These three Council members are each assigned to various recreation committees on behalf of East St Paul including the Interlake Municipal Recreation Board, the Red River North Trail Association and the East St. Paul Recreation Committee. The theme of this conference was "Recreation Everywhere for Everyone.”  

RCM is the voice for recreation in Manitoba and exists to collectively share the passion and spirit of recreation and is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of all Manitobans.  This annual conference brings together recreational professionals, elected officials and volunteers to learn and network.  

Some examples of the sessions ESP Councillors attended were:

Role of Green Spaces in Leisure & Recreation:  This session demonstrated the benefits of green spaces in our communities from an economic, environmental, leisure and psychological standpoint.  Highlights included the benefits of community gardens and tree planting.

Physical Literacy: The Gateway to Active Participation:  Dr. Dean Kriellaars provided the science behind how physical literacy is a gateway to active participation in life.  He discussed strategies to implement quality physical literacy programs in our communities emphasizing it takes the combined efforts of parents, educators and community leaders. 

Re-Imagining the New Community Ice Arena:  This session examined the possibilities and design features for the next generation of ice arena. The new Seven Oaks Arena, a double indoor ice surface, was used as the project model. 

The Dementia Dilemma: Fostering Inclusion through Community Partnerships:  This session looked at how communities can better work with those suffering from dementia.  Participants were introduced to a program offered by the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Minds in Motion, which promotes inclusion and community through recreation and leisure.

Strategies for Engagement in Active Transportation Planning:  This session offered an overview of community travel planning with a focus on the importance of community trails and how to enhance them.

Factors Supporting and Challenging Rural Recreation Delivery:  This session highlighted findings from a recent study on rural recreation delivery models in Manitoba.  Discussions focused on best practices from rural communities including the importance of Recreation Directors and their contact with the community.  

Governor General David Johnston has proclaimed 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada.  Your East St. Paul Council is committed to looking at ways to improve leisure and recreation opportunities in our community and we will be commencing a feasibility study for a multi-use facility in the next two weeks.  
Stay tuned for additional information on this initiative.  


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