2017 ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop Call for Presentations

2017 Conference Call for Presentations
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2017 ARPA Conference, Annual General Meeting and Energize Workshop

The following online survey will act as the tool for submission of presentations to the Organizing Committee for the 2017 ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop.

Conference Overview:
The 2017 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) Conference, Annual General Meeting and Energize Workshop from October 26-28, 2017 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This educational event will attract over 500 delegates from across Alberta. 

2017 Conference Theme:

Change. Challenge. Opportunity.
These are three powerful words we know quite well in Alberta. The past few years have been challenging times for many of our communities. Below are some thoughts that better define the Conference theme:

Change
  • The world is changing and the recreation and parks sector will need to constantly change to stay relevant and provide communities and citizens with the programs and services they want, need and desire
  • The pace of change seems to be increasing with new technologies leading the way
  • Our organizations can sometimes seem to be in a state of flux with changing organizations structures and changing political priorities, citizen and customer expectations
  • Our climate is changing and this is having an impact on our environment and communities
Challenge
  • Alberta is mired in one of the deeper recessions we have experienced in decades. This has impacted our communities, families and organizations
  • One factor of climate change is the increase in natural disasters that our communities are faced with. Recreation and parks plays a huge role in the recovery and resiliency of communities when faced with these extreme challenges
Opportunity
  • The important role that recreation and parks plays in communities cannot be understated along with the opportunities lie ahead for ensuring the quality of life of all citizens
  • Explore the power of collaboration
  • With this being Canada’s 150th Birthday we are also looking for opportunities to celebrate our successes
  • explore opportunities to work collaboratively with Indigenous communities.