On February 28, 2018, I am a motivational speaker for the Recreation Connections Manitoba Conference. The 22nd Annual Conference, held at the Canad Inns, Winnipeg Manitoba will attract over 200 recreation professionals from across Manitoba.
The theme, Recreation Makes it Matter, speaks to all the passionate recreation professionals in the room who have to fight to keep programs alive despite funding cuts and stretched resources. Recent changes in government create some uncertainty in funding programs and resources.
People usually move to a community because it's of its parks, recreation facilities, and programs. Government imposing budgets forget about this, and the influential impact parks and recreation have to improve quality of life.
Recreation in communities is essential as it contributes to health and wellness and community vitality. Canadians are busier than ever, finding ways to balance work and family need to remain a priority. Without our parks, facilities, and programs, this essential part of wellness will be taken for granted.
60 Percent of this audience come from rural communities which can have their challenges like limited resources, facilities or distance to larger centers. Recreation professionals from all size communities are passionate and invested in their community.
The conference features guest speakers on services management, youth engagement, program ideas, risk reduction, conflict management, and more.
I am the opening funny motivational speaker, I will present, The Nerve to Serve, Say Hello to Humor and Goodbye to Burnout!
The program is rich with parks and recreation inspiration, program ideas, resources and more. The other funny motivational speakers, Bill Carr, will be doing the closing keynote. Humor is vital to this audience!