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 Marie Antaya

 Marie is the Director of Eclectic Communications, a highly recognized training and consulting company. As an international speaker, author of four books and adult educator, Marie has shared her expertise with clients in private, non-profit and public sector organizations leading numerous program and course development projects. Using her combined experiences, Marie designs and delivers informative, practical online and offline programs tailored to the audience's needs.

Top 10 Ways to Support Performance Improvement

Thursday, March 3rd at 10:00am (virtual)



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Brenda Robinson

Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She has been addressing groups for over thirty years on topics related to communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general. Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba (Major in English) and her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998.


Writing for the World of Work

Thursday March 10th at 9:30am (in person)

New Work Habits for a Changing World of Work

Thursday March 10th at 1:15pm (in person)


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Dawn Currie

Dawn learned the positive benefits of sport and recreation at an early age through participating herself…today she works to instill these same benefits to other youth. Her philosophy is simple “There are amazing young leaders in our communities. We owe it to them to provide and support leadership, training and skills so that they are able to make a difference in their communities.” This philosophy is shared by RPAN. Dawn brings more than thirty years of experience to her role with RPAN. She lived in Nunavut for ten years, where she worked in community recreation in Cambridge Bay, and then with the Government of Nunavut as Director, Sport and Recreation. She was the Director, Sport Development with Speed Skating Canada and worked with Sport Manitoba. She represented the Canadian Olympic Committee at the 2000 International Olympic Academy in Greece., and at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, she was part of the Speed Skating Canada management team. Her career has always had one common factor…providing opportunity for children and youth to grow through and participate in recreation and sport.

Get Happy Summer Day Camps

Thursday, March 10th at 11:00am (in person)




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Joshua Stolar Joshua Stolar is the Executive Director for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba. Over the past 5 years he has worked with the Bike Together Winnipeg organization to provide bikes, helmets, and bike safety information to the children of Winnipeg. He enjoys the many benefits of cycling, on his physical and mental health, as well as the positive impact on the environment.

Summer Bike Programming

Friday, March 11th at 1:30pm (in person)

 

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Daina Leitold

Daina is a Winnipeg theatre creator and producer, and an award-winning actor and designer. She holds an Honours Degree in Theatre Performance, with minors in Environmental Studies and Education from the University of Winnipeg. She was nominated for the 2021 Gina Wilkinson Award for women artists who place community and new creation models at the heart of their artistic leadership. From 1996 through 2007, Daina worked seasonally with Green Kids Inc. as a playwright, dramaturg, actor, director, designer and tour manager. In 2010, she became the Executive Director, and has since grown Green Kids’ programming to include interactive workshops as well as projects created with students and educators.

Bike and Circuses - Park and Trail Performances that explore Climate Change

Friday, March 11th at 9:00am (in person)

 


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Christa Costas-Bradstreet

Christa Costas-Bradstreet has expertise in the area of physical activity and health promotion built on thirty years of employed and volunteer experience and an academic foundation in health care, physical education and applied health science. Christa spent 18-years with ParticipACTION (the original and re-established organizations) in a variety of roles including National Project Coordinator, Director of Health Communications, and Relationship Manager. Christa also spent five years at Hamilton Public Health Services as a Physical Activity Specialist. She has taught at York University and Sheridan College and helped establish Sheridan’s Exercise Science and Health Promotion degree program. Christa currently operates her own consulting business, working with a variety of government and non-government organizations in the physical activity, recreation and sport sector. She also currently serves as the Director of Partnerships and Policy for the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and the Director of Partnerships for the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD). In a volunteer capacity, Christa serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (Chair) and KidSport Ontario (Vice-chair). Christa is a Registered Nurse, has a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Physical Education and two certificates (Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counseling, and Sport Administration) from York University, and a Master of Arts in Applied Health Science (Health and Physical Education) from Brock University.

Rec on Wheels: The importance of accessible recreation programming among youth experiencing homelessness

Friday, March 11th at 9:00am (in person)

 







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Troy Sykes Troy has 23 years’ experience working in Parks municipal government. He has a background in Parks operations and capital planning, as well as extensive knowledge in strategic Asset Management planning, as well as Asset Management implementation. Troy has established his own consultancy firm which specializes in asset management training. He is currently involved in the Canadian Parks Benchmarking program.

Parks Pandemic Story: International Addition

Thursday, March 10th at 1:30pm (in person)



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Darcy Granove Darcy is the founder and principal of Little Bluestem Landscape Architecture and has over seventeen years of experience in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, and Physical Enhancement. She is an active volunteer on ERSPAC, MALA- Equity and Diversity Committee and on the City of Winnipeg’s Urban Design Advisory Committee. She is sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba, an avid hiker, and kayaker.

Nature Play: Connected to the Land

Friday, March 11th at 9:00am (in person)


 

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Lise Brown

Lise Brown, BRS, RSW, MSW, began her career at camps in Manitoba as an outdoor educator and guide. Lise completed a Bachelor of Recreation in 2001, a Masters of Social Work in 2007 at the University of Manitoba, a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2012, and the Forest School Practitioner training in 2015. Lise combines these areas of practice to provide clinical direction, facilitate groups and counsel individuals both in urban and wilderness environments with a focus on physical and emotional safety, successful participation, fun, meaningful activity and group cohesion. Lise is on the Forest School of Canada Facilitator team with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and sits on the board of the Association for Experiential Education.

Let curiosity lead: A forest school perspective

Friday, March 11th at 10:00am (in person)

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Kelly Thibodeau

Kelly is a technical writer turned digital marketer turned entrepreneur. She’s helped entrepreneurs, business professionals and community groups connect with their audiences online. She teaches digital + social media marketing at the University of Winnipeg and is a Certified Usability Analyst. Kelly helps people in small government, non-profits and organizations think differently. She believes that people want to interact with companies that show the relationship means as much as the transaction and that curiosity, empathy and integrity make you stand out in today’s digital marketplace. Kelly’s been on LinkedIn since 2006, and has had too many browser tabs open ever since.

Top Ten Social Media Myths

Thursday, March 10th at 11:00am (in person)


 

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Roxanne Tackie

Roxanne has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. As a former Executive Director, Roxanne's role as a nonprofit professional has included identifying prospects, grant and proposal writing, developing and implementing stewardship plans, and creating impact reports for donors. Roxanne started her career in the recreation sector and is a former board member of Recreation Manitoba. Currently, she provides coaching and training for nonprofit staff and volunteers, and consulting services aimed at increasing fundraising capacity for organizations.


Fundraising Fundamentals Recreation, Parks and Sport Professionals

Thursday, March 3rd at 9:00am (virtual)

 

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Corey Greenham

Principal at LM Architectural Group with over 15 years of project experience within our Civic, Cultural, Commercial, Recreational and Transportation sectors. Working closely with Clients, leading user/stakeholder consultations and integrated project delivery Corey works within a very collaborative working environment with an emphasis on sustainable design practices. Corey was born in Twillingate, Newfoundland but mostly raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is passionately involved in local community sport programs coaching hockey and volunteering within his local community club. 

Designing Recreation Facilities

Thursday, March 10th at 1:15pm (in person)

 

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 Tania Paracini  Bio coming soon

Power Up Summer Camps

Thursday, March 3rd at 11:20am (virtual)


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 Sam Anthony  Bio coming soon

Checking in on the Trail Boom

Thursday, March 3rd at 12:25pm (virtual)

 
 Brent Barootes  Bio coming soon

Sponsorship 101 for Municipalities and Non Profits

Wednesday March 8th at 1:00pm (in person)

Sponsorship Revenue for Your Organization

Thursday March 10th at  9:30am (in person)

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 Mike Roma  Bio coming soon

Master Planning 101

Thursday, March 3rd at 10:05am (virtual)


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 Stacey Manikel  Bio coming soon

Efficient Recreation Facilities

Thursday, March 10th at 1:15pm (in person)

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 Steven Greyeyes  Steven Greyeyes is an Indigenous educator from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Steven lives in Winnipeg and has worked in public education and corporate training for over fifteen years. Thanks to his background as a history and native studies teacher, his presentations allow room for conversations and diverse views. When not at work Steven can be found gardening, harvesting food in his treaty area, dragging his bored children though museums.


Residential Schools and Reconciliation

Friday, March 11th at 10:00am (in person)


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Sheena Kilpatrick

Sheena has been teaching fitness classes since 1997. She graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education. She went on to complete her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in India. She is the principal instructor for a 200 and 500 hour Canadian Yoga Alliance Recognized Teacher Training in Manitoba. In addition to Sheena's yoga certifications she is also a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with additional training in pulmonary exercise therapy. She holds her Pilates, Tai Chi, Aqua fitness, Group Exercise, Resistance Training and Personal Training certificates. She is an Instructor- Trainer with the Manitoba Fitness Council, Ontario Fitness Council and Urban Poling Canada offering many of these courses online and across Manitoba.

Urban Poles: Programming for all Fitness Levels

Thursday March 10th at 1:15pm (in person)

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Karin Whalen & Linda Brown Two older adults with diverse life experiences and University Degrees in Physical Education and Recreation Studies. Karin Whalen is the Executive Director of Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM) & Linda Brown is an Active Aging Consultant and Peer Leader Master Trainer with AAIM.

AAIM in the Right Direction: Engaging and Programming for Older Adults

Friday, March 11th at 1:30pm (in person)

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Dawn Bourbonnais Dawn has managed volunteers for many festival and community events held in Winnipeg, and is especially fond of the volunteers at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival (whom she worked with for over 13 years). Creating Connections to Build Retention

Wednesday, March 9th at 1:00pm (virtual)

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Fotini Iconomopoulos  Bio coming soon

The Power of Pause to Get What You Want

Thursday, March 10th at 2:45pm (in person)


 Jennifer Court Jennifer Court is the Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, and spends her time advocating for supportive policy and funding to make green infrastructure the new normal. She has over 15 years’ experience in the environmental space, working all across Canada on a range of issues including climate change, waste and the circular economy, environmental health, and of course, green infrastructure. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design, as well as a Master of Environmental Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Business & Sustainability from York University.

The Value of Parks as Green Infrastructure

Thursday, March 3rd at 11:20am (virtual)

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Arista Ryback Arista Ryback is a high school physical education teacher at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate in the Louis Riel School Division. She has taught grade 9-12 physical education for the past 7 years in both the generic stream programming and special education classes. She was most recently awarded the Manitoba's Excellence in Education Award for Outstanding Team Collaboration with her teaching partner in 2021, recognized by PHE Canada as being a "Gender Equity" success story at the end of 2020, and was awarded the PHE MB Innovator Award with her teaching partner in 2018. Arista is passionate about creating a learning environment where all students feel comfortable and able to participate to the best of their abilities without judgement. She focuses on encouraging students to find activities that they enjoy and offering choice-based classes for students to be active by following the Circle of Courage. 

Gender Equity and Inclusivity in Physical Education

Thursday March 10th at 9:30am (in person)


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