What's New in Recreation

  • May 04, 2021 08:30 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Join Recreation Manitoba's partner Marmak as they host a webinar to help educate recreation practitioners and stakeholders on the value of optimizing and maintaining facilities and their equipment to improve asset longevity and sustainability.

    Join them on Wednesday May 19, 2021 from 1pm to 230pm EST

    For more information or to register visit amcentral.ca

  • April 29, 2021 09:23 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Notice of Annual General Meeting by Electronic Means

    Take notice that the Annual Meeting of the Members of Recreation Manitoba will be held as follows:

    DATE: Thursday, June 17, 2021

    TIME: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CST

    LOCATION: Zoom Meeting

    The purpose of the meeting is to:  

    1. Approve the minutes of the 2020 Annual General Meeting;

    2 .Receive the Audited Financial Statements for 2019;

    3. Appoint the Auditors for 2021-22

    4. Revise the Constitution and Bylaws

    5. Elect Directors.

    Register online at this link

  • April 21, 2021 08:40 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association(CPRA) has provided the following summary on Federal Budget 2021 and it proposed impacts on the parks and recreation sector.

    Overall it is seen as a good budget for the sector with lots of opportunities for funding and partnerships.

    You can read the summary and response by clicking on this link

  • April 13, 2021 17:05 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    CARHA Hockey recently participated in Recreation Manitoba’s 2021 Annual Provincial Recreation Conference Virtual Trade Show. During this event we had the pleasure of meeting with many Manitoban community representatives which gave us the opportunity to listen and learn about their individual recreational community needs. 

    CARHA Hockey is working towards developing a Community Outreach Program in the near future but with big dreams comes big questions. We had to ask ourselves - when it comes to communities, recreational hockey, and their facilities – what do individual communities need? What are their wants, successes, and challenges? Is there a way that CARHA Hockey can collaborate with these communities through a community outreach program? Here at CARHA Hockey we knew the only way to find these answers was to speak to as many communities directly as possible. The Recreation Manitoba Conference provided that platform for us and so the “CARHA Hockey Listening Booth” was born. 

    We invited attendees of the conference to come to our booth and share with us their community stories, successes and challenges, and in turn we received much more than just information. This opportunity provided CARHA Hockey with community connection, education, potential partnership opportunities, and more. Nationwide, the recreational world has been hit hard by COVID-19 but to see the willingness of Manitoban communities to share their stories with us has been a rewarding experience to be a part of and although we connected with many communities at the conference, we know there are many more that we could learn from that we did not get the chance to speak too.  

    Although the conference is over, there is still time to connect and collaborate so we are taking our Virtual Listening Booth on the road (hypothetically of course)! If we did not have a chance to chat at the conference, we would like to connect with you and learn more about your community’s facilities’ needs, wants, challenges, and successes. If interested, please contact Laurie Langlois at llanglois@carhahockey.ca. We can’t wait to learn about you and find ways to collaborate! 

  • February 04, 2021 20:22 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Like many industries recreation practitioners, organizations and facilities have been substantially impacted by COVID. Facility closures, staff layoffs and adoption of completely new programming models has produced many challenges. From a municipal perspective, it is hard to identify another department impacted as much as recreation and parks departments. 

    Through it all the recreation delivery system has shown the ability to safely adapt and continue to bring communities and families together, while continuing to contribute to the wellbeing of Manitobans.

    Recreation Manitoba, a provincial organization dedicated to realizing the full the potential of parks and recreation as a major contributor to community and individual wellbeing and vibrancy, conducted an online survey over the last two weeks of March with members, and organizations involved with recreation in Manitoba to see how COVID has impacted them.

    What we found was that across the Province COVID has impacted all aspects of organizations from staffing and facilities, to programs, services and events. Financially these impacts are expected to last into the new fiscal year as budgets have been decimated this year with the impacted expected to last into the new fiscal year.

    As we move forward it is essential to recognize the critical role that recreation and active living play in supporting the mental and physical health recovery of Manitobans as well as the economic recovery of communities. 

    A basic analysis of the data shows

    Responses were received from all seven regions in Manitoba. Winnipeg lead the way with 22% of responses, followed by Westman (19%), Central (17%), Interlake (16%), Eastman(15%), Parkland(6%) and Norman(4%).

    The sizes of organizations varied, however most are small departments or organizations. 42% of respondents indicated their department/organization/business had 0 to 5 employees, 17% indicated 6 to 15 employees, 19% indicated 16-30 and 22% indicated 31+ employees.

    When looking at how staffing was impacted.  We first asked respondent to indicate impact to full time staff.  68% indicated that full time staffing was impacted in some way. These impacts included, full or permanent layoffs (6%) partial or temporary layoffs (34%), redeployment or reassignments (16%) and other (12%).  32% of respondents indicated full time staffing was not impacted.

    When we asked how part time and casual staff were impacted in greater numbers by COVID.  Only 21% indicated there was no impact to staffing. 30% indicated partial or temporary layoffs, full or permanent layoffs indicated 19%, 7% were redeployed or reassignment and 13% indicated they hired less part time or casual staff.

    COVID has substantially impacted the finances of most to the organizations. 82% of respondents indicated a negative impact to their finances this year with 46% of respondent indicating a substantial negative impact and 36% indicating a moderate negative impact. These impacts are expected to carry over into the next fiscal year with 81% of respondents indicating a substantial or moderate negative impact on their budgets.

    Revenue was the single hardest hit aspect of budgets. 83% of respondent indicated revenue had been negatively impacted, with 59% indicating a substantial negative impact for this year with a further 24% indicating is would have a moderate negative impact.  These impacts are once again expected to carry over into the next fiscal year with 73% indicating it will continue to have a negative impact.

    We asked what areas have been most significantly impacted by COVID. As expected, due to shutdowns and other restrictions, events were most significantly impacted with 87% of respondents indicating a substantial negative impact and 97% indicating at least a moderate impact.  Facility operations were the next area most negatively impacted with 76% indicating a substantial negative impact and 94% indicating at least a moderate impact. Services were third on the list with 65% of respondent indicating a substantial negative impact. Recreation Manitoba gives credit to the resiliency of recreation practitioners and organizations and their ability to adjust to ever changing conditions for this lower impact.

    This is supported by comments we received when we asked respondents for something positive that has come out of the changes with COVID.  Overwhelming we heard that the delivery system was able to adapt and offer more virtual programs and services and being leaders in community building to help combat social isolation. Respondents indicated these virtual programming options allowed them to reach community members who might not otherwise take part in programs due to barriers including finances, travel and equipment.  A number of respondents acknowledged the support of the Safe at Home Grant and the financial assistance provided by the Province of Manitoba to allow them to make the successful transition to virtual programming and new outdoor related programming. One respondent had this to say "although this time has been difficult it has really taught us how to find a new normal and implement these simple things into our future programming" 

    Recreation Manitoba asked how can we help and here is what you told us

    "Education/Learning Webinars"

    "Ensure you are being our voice and advocating for our sector. Keeping your members informed of possible changes and speak up for us"

    "I think keeping us informed with steps going forward.. most of us are one person department working for a board, and we get overwhelmed with all the info or how to keep up. so support, guidance going forward is awesome" 

    "Messaging to council about the impacts of recreation" 

    "Assist with clarifying regulations especially around facility use/summer camps. Sharing education such as training volunteers for cleaning or sanitizing. "

    "I would like to see Recreation Manitoba try get into the details of the provincial restrictions and ask those questions about the grey areas so each of us does not have to search out our local health inspector and get answers that conflict from one person to the next that cause confusion as it current operations." 


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