Table of Contents

Leaders Guide

MODULE 0 Overview of the Guide 
0.1 Welcome
0.2 Purpose of the Guide
0.3 How to Use the Guide
MODULE 1 Recreation Foundations  
1.1 Introduction to Recreation
1.2 Recreation in Rural and Remote Communities
1.3 Benefits of Recreation
1.4 Leisure Education
MODULE 2 Yukon Sport and Recreation 2.1 Introduction
2.2 National
2.3 Territorial
2.4 Community (Local) Recreation
2.5 Role of Recreation Leaders 1.4 Leisure Education
2.6 Becoming Oriented to Yukon Communities
MODULE 3 Funding and Budgeting
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Recreation Funding in Yukon
3.3 Financial Management
3.4 Other Sources of Revenue
MODULE 4 Recreation Leadership
4.1 Introduction
4.2 The Leader as a Community Role Model
4.3 Effective Community Recreation Leaders
4.4 Self-Care
MODULE 5 Building and Engaging Community
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Recreation Builds Community
5.3 Community Building and the Recreation Leader
5.4 Supporting Youth Involvement and Leadership
MODULE 6 Planning for Recreation
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Roles in Community Recreation Planning
6.3 A Community-Driven Planning Process
6.4 Ensuring Recreation is Accessible
MODULE 7 Risk Management
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Key Concepts related to Risk Management
7.3 The Process of Risk Management
7.4 Tools for Risk Management
MODULE 8 Quality Programs and Events
8.1 Introduction to Recreation Programming
8.2 Community-Driven Recreation Programming
8.3 Programming Resources, Revenues and Expenses
8.4 Programming Considerations
8.5 Ensuring a Positive Experience for Participants
MODULE 9 Marketing
9.1 Marketing the Benefits of Recreation
9.2 Marketing Approaches and Terminology
9.3 Marketing Plans
9.4 Strategies for Marketing Recreation
9.5 Internet and Social Media
MODULE 10 Facilities and Outdoor Spaces
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Community Facilities and Outdoor Spaces
10.3 Planning and Development
10.4 Operations and Maintenance
10.5 Preventive Maintenance
10.6 Facility-Specific Training
MODULE 11 Working with Groups and Partnerships
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Ways of Working with Groups and Organizations
11.3 Types of Groups
11.4 Developing Committees and Groups
11.5 Working Effectively with Groups
MODULE 12 Staffing and Volunteers
12.1 Introduction
12.2 The Community Recreation Director
12.3 The Staffing Process
12.4 Working with Volunteers
MODULE 13 Board Governance
13.1 Introduction to Boards
13.2 The Role and Function of Recreation Boards
13.3 Roles and Responsibilities
13.5 Resources for Effective Recreation Boards
Self-Assessment Tool



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  • Welcome +

    yukon gov logo smYukon Government Sport and Recreation Branch funded development of the Yukon Community Recreation Leaders Guide through the Yukon Active Living Strategy.

    The Guide was developed in partnership between Yukon Government Sport and Recreation Branch and the Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon.

  • Terms of Use +

    The Yukon Community Recreation Leaders Guide was developed over two years and released in June 2015. The writings and tools of this Guide come from a variety of sources with their permission, and references are cited.

    This resource is intended for the day-to-day use of community leaders and organizations, and may not be sold, mass produced, used in workshops by a professional paid trainer or distributed for profit without the permission of the Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon (RPAY).

    Disclaimer: The Leaders Guide contains links to resources and external, third party websites over which RPAY has no control. In providing links to other sites, RPAY is not acting as a publisher or disseminator of the material, but is providing these links as a convenience to the user. Although these links were current at the time of publication (June 2015), RPAY bears no responsibility for the accuracy or content of external sites or subsequent links.

  • Acknowledgements +

    The Yukon Community Leaders Guide is a result of passion, dedication, and many long hours of writing, discussions, interviews, and brainstorming sessions. A big thank you is extended to the following individuals and organizations for their contribution:

    Yukon’s Recreation Leaders, your input and feedback helped to create a useful, meaningful and relevant resource.

    Authors: Caroline Sparks, whose commitment to the parks and recreation field, long term vision, and expertise moved the Guide from its initial concept through to completion, and Brenda Herchmer, whose experience as an adult educator in the community building sector and understanding of technology in leadership development were essential to the success of this project.

    Writing and Development: Caroline Sparks, Brenda Herchmer, Mia Lee Carol Petersen, Anne Morgan, Pavlina Sudrich, and Inge Sumanik.

    Guidance: Sue Meikle, Community Recreation/Active Living Consultant with Yukon Government’s Sport and Recreation Branch, whose encouragement and support helped this Guide become a reality.

    Media and Photo: Thank you to all the Yukoners whose stories, photos and videos make the Guide interactive and interesting. You are recognized in the Media and Photo Credits.

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