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CPRA Webinars

CPRA presents webinars throughout the year which provide tools, resources, programming ideas, and best practices to parks and recreation practitioners across Canada.  See a listing below of the webinars held to date and check back for upcoming presentations. 


CPRA Presents a webinar on:  

Supporting Wellness in Recreation through Healthy Food Environments
 Thursday June 16, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

Registeration open until June 15th


Lisa McLaughlin - Program Manager, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s Communities ChooseWell program 

Pamela Boyson - Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services

Kayla Atkey - Policy Analyst, Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP) and CLASP team

Recreation is an important pathway to creating individual and community wellbeing and improving quality of life. Recreation facilities are a cornerstone of many communities and places where people of all ages gather. Despite their wellness mandate, the majority of food and beverages available in recreation facilities are inconsistent with healthy eating guidelines. Why is this the case? What can be done to improve food environments in recreation settings? What resources and tools exist to facilitate change?

This webinar will:

  • address these questions by drawing upon research and experience from Alberta, where momentum has been building steadily to improve food environments in recreation facilities; 
  • presenters will share what they've learned about facilitators, barriers and promising strategies to create change, profile stories from Alberta communities and how partners from different sectors are collaborating to foster change, and
  • leave you with ideas and resources to help you start a movement in your community towards embracing fresh, healthy food in your recreation facilities.

Register today!

Lisa McLaughlin is the Program Manager of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association’s Communities ChooseWell program and also a member of the Alberta Public Health Association Board of Directors. Lisa’s career has mainly focused on promoting population health through physical activity and nutrition, at the provincial, school and community levels. Lisa is passionate about the role environments play in shaping behaviour and health and has been leading ARPA’s work in the area of healthy eating environments in recreation settings. Lisa enjoys recreational activities such as running, hiking and snowshoeing to stay well.

Pamela Boyson is a Registered Dietitian who works for Alberta Health Services out of Camrose. Her main focus is to support schools and communities in creating healthier environments. She has spent most of her career working in the area of school health, focusing on policy development and implementation and is now doing both local and provincial work to use innovative strategies to create healthier food environments in recreation settings. In her spare time she enjoys being active with her son and husband.

Kayla Atkey is the policy analyst for the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP) and CLASP team. In this role, she helps to coordinate the activities of the Coalition, as well as gathers and reviews evidence to identify evidence-based policy interventions for preventing chronic disease in Alberta. Kayla has an MSc in Health Promotion from the University of Alberta, School of Public Health.  Through her professional experience and Masters coursework, Kayla has developed interest and expertise in the use of participatory approaches to promote healthy public policy change. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys running in Edmonton’s river valley, playing group sports, and exercising at her local recreation centre.





National Health and Fitness Day
Wednesday January 27, 2016


Senator Nancy Greene Raine - link to video message 
Marilyn McIvor, NHFD Project Coordinator
Marta Gregor,  Community Coordinator, City of Prince George, BC
Michelle Kusiar, Supervisor, Community Recreation, Collingwood, ON
Steve Burns, General Manager, Queens Place Emera Centre, Liverpool, NS



CPRA Professional Development Certification
Wednesday October 14th, 2015 

Presenter: Dr. Craig Cameron, Director CPRA PDC


The Framework for Recreation in Canada
Thursday June 18, 2015

 Presenter: CJ Noble, Executive Director, CPRA

Download a copy of the Framework for Recreation PowerPoint Presentation to share with colleagues. 


 For more information contact info@cpra.ca


The Canadian Physical Literacy Puzzle
Thursday February 19, 2015 

Richard Way, Project Leader of the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) movement
Philip Hochman, Member of the CS4L Community Connections Team


Take it Outside - Helping You Connect to Nature
Tuesday October 21, 2014


Gillian Petriani, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada
Heather MacLeod Williams, BC Recreation & Parks Association
Chris Filler, Educating Children Outside (E.C.O), District of Saanich
Meg Sullivan, University of Victoria



Children's Mental Health – Defusing the Time Bomb
Wednesday February 12, 2014


LJ Bartle, Director of the HIGH FIVE National Standard at Parks and Recreation Ontario



Recreation Programming in the After School Time-Period
 Tuesday November 12, 2013

Heidi Carl, Director of Programs, Boys and Girls Club of Saskatoon
Sydney Millar, National Program Director, Canadian Association for the Advancement
of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and
Jenyfer Neumann, Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon (RPAY)




CPRA and the Leisure Information Network (LIN) have partnered to present a series of webinars geared towards anyone who works with First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations to provide support and on various recreation topics.

For more information or to the view the webinars in the series - please visit - northernlinks.org/

Online for Real-time: Websites to support your recreation operations 
June 26, 2013.

Presenter: Agnes Croxford, Manager, National Recreation Database



Building Enhanced Collaboration Between Recreation and Sport 
March 27, 2013.

Philip Hochman, CPRA Board Member
Richard Way, Project Leader of the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) movement



Healthy Parks, Healthy People
(Policy implications of visitor expectations of health benefits from park visitation)

December 6th, 2012

Presenters were: Dr. Paul Eagles and Christopher Lemieux   
Moderator: John Lohuis, Chair of the CPRA Parks Task Force

 To view the webinar  - click here

To view the presentation in poster form  - click here

To view the research paper  - click here










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