2024 AGM & Conference – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Registration for this year’s AGM & Conference in Corner Brook on April 26 -27, 2024 is NOW OPEN! Find all the information about this year’s conference by visiting our events page.


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Becoming a HIGH FIVE (PHCD) Trainer

Recreation NL is planning a HIGH FIVE PHCD Trainer Course – Spring 2024 (date to be determined).

Having an in-house trainer can be a cost-effective way to help your organization improve the quality of programs. If your organization is interested in having an in-house PHCD Trainer, this is your opportunity to get trained.

For more details on the course and the trainer process: Becoming a HIGH FIVE PHCD Training – info sheet 2024 OR contact Pam

HIGH FIVE Training Prices

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Arena Members Meeting

Join us Wednesday, January 31 from 2pm-3pm for an Arena Members Meeting. This meeting will be open to all arena-related discussion including upcoming training.

No registration required, find the meeting link on The Rec Zone Calendar

  • Please log into your account a day or so before, if you have any issues please contact the Rec NL Office.
  • Don’t have an account – contact

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Green Jobs Initiative 2024 – Call for Applications

 CPRA is now accepting grant applications for their Green Jobs Initiative – a program that empowers youth by creating meaningful job placements. 

The program will provide direct financial support (via 50% wage subsidies) to local governments (municipalities, Indigenous communities, etc.) and other sector organizations, to support nearly 140 jobs that focus on green career-related activities. 

By empowering youth with job opportunities and fostering environmental stewardship, we contribute to their personal growth, the advancement of community priorities, and creating a sustainable future for our communities and our planet. 

Eligible Youth:

Must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age when employment begins (inclusive)
  • A Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

Funding for this program is provided by Parks Canada as part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS). As such, CPRA will prioritize funding for organizations who commit to hiring youth who face barriers to employment including but not limited to the following groups:

  • Indigenous youth
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Visible minority youth and racialized youth
  • Youth living in rural or remote regions (population below 25000)
  • Official language minority communities and populations
  • Immigrant youth
  • Youth who have not completed high school
  • Involuntary NEET (Not in Education, Employment, Training) for at least 6 months

All 2024 applications are due Friday, February 16, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

To learn more about the program, please visit or contact your regional project manager. 

This program is funded by the Government of Canada. 

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Recreation NL’s New Executive Director

It is with great pleasure that acting President, Jerry Knee announces Steve Martin as the new Executive Director of Recreation NL.

Steve Martin, originally from the Town of Massey Drive on the West Coast, has been immersed in Recreation his whole life and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and relationships to Recreation NL.

Steve graduated from Memorial University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physical Education and again in 2008 with a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University. After his time at Memorial, Steve started his teaching career in Makkovik. Steve’s interest in recreation grew while working with the Town of Torbay in 2010 as Recreation and Community Events Coordinator.


Continuing to grow in his career, Steve began working with the Town of Holyrood in 2012 as Director of Recreation. For the past 11 years, Steve has continued to show his drive and commitment to the recreation community.

Steve has worked with Staff, Council, and various stakeholders to inspire a diverse and comprehensive based programming in Holyrood and elevated the needs of the community through the enhancement of festivals, events, developing programs, and infrastructure improvement. Steve continued to champion, promote, and advocate for recreation as an essential element in building a healthy, caring, and vibrant community. One of his greatest achievements in the Town has been working with staff to complete the Salmonier Line Recreational Park Plan, a plan currently in motion to develop and upgrade facilities in a hub location in Holyrood. Steve is a familiar face to Recreation NL serving more than 9 years on the Board of Directors as President, Vice-President, and an Inclusion Rep. Steve has already made a mark within our national stakeholders sitting on the Canadian Parks and Recreation Board of Directors for a total of 4 years.

Steve is proud to call Holyrood home with his family of 4. He enjoys time on the trail, coaching and playing basketball, and continuing to assist groups, volunteers, or practitioners with recreational opportunities.

Welcome to the Recreation NL staff, Steve!

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Job Opportunity: Executive Director

About Us

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (RNL) is a province wide, not for profit organization established in 1971 to promote the values and benefits of recreation. We act as the provincial voice promoting and fostering the spirit and practice of recreation for all and provide a full range of services to enhance our members’ ability to deliver recreation throughout the province.

We work collaboratively with our communities, members, and connected associations to make change together – helping build a province of engaged communities where all people embrace the benefits of recreation to enhance their quality of life.


Overview of the Role

Reporting to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership, oversight, and governance for all aspects of RNL; developing a strong and innovative organization that can effectively respond to the changing external landscape of the community and evolve to support our members and stakeholder needs as it relates to recreation and overall wellness in the province.

As Executive Director, you will provide leadership and oversight in all aspects of running the successful operation of the organization including the development, promotion, and provision of leisure services throughout the province, funding opportunities and initiatives, government relations and board management, and membership engagement.

As the most senior leader, you are responsible for leadership of the organization; providing direct supervision and support to staff to enable their success by developing and implementing effective policies and processes, and ensuring they have the right skills, training, and support to succeed in their role.

You are an influential leader who effectively supports and collaborates across the organization to ensure success. With a strong focus on accountability and measurement, you focus attention on what RNL achieves, demonstrating the organization delivers on commitments and expectations. You are a strong collaborator and relationship builder, driving impactful relationships with communities, members, government, and others to drive the overall level of support to members that is expected.

Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum of 7+ years’ leadership experience, must have knowledge in the field of recreation within the province.
  • Knowledge of Municipal operations would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated success in leading teams and building an effective and respectful workplace.
  • Experience in (budgets / financial management / grant and funding initiatives).
  • Experience in lobbying and government relations.
  • Exceptional relationship management and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong project management, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree, diploma or certification in human kinetics, recreation, therapeutic recreation, or relevant field are considered an asset.

What We Offer

  • Fair and equitable salary in line with market
  • Vacation and leave entitlement
  • Meaningful and impactful work
  • Group benefit plan (health and dental)
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan

RNL is committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment. We are a proud equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic that makes us unique.

If you require reasonable accommodation to take part in the employment process, please call 709-437-4300 or send an email to and let us know the nature of your request.

Location: St. John’s, NL (In-Office)

Application Close Date: September 22, 2023

Apply HERE

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Recreation Practitioner Fall Forum

Date: Nov 1, 2 and 3, 2023
Location: Foran Green Room
St. John’s City Hall (4th floor)
10 New Gower Street

Wednesday, Nov 1 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Recreation Practitioner Roundup

Opportunity to engage with Recreation Practitioners from across the province and discuss topics of interest. Join us for this networking opportunity and have your voice heard. Did you know, that ideas from these discussions often lead to future professional development offerings, session topics, and resources development?

If you have a discussion topic in mind, please email Pam Mills,


Thursday, Nov 2 8:30am – 4:00pm
Gender Equity and Diversity by CPRA

Join Nancy Dubois and Mary Chow in an interactive workshop on creating welcoming environments, through facility use policies and facility design ideas, for women, girls and gender-diverse people.

Click Here for more details


Thursday, Nov 2 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Gary’s Retirement Party!
Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House

A celebration of Gary’s career in recreation! Recreation NL Board of Directors and Staff will be throwing a retirement party for Gary at Yellowbelly Brewery (upstairs) from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Come join us for food, drinks (cash bar), live music and celebrate Gary!


Friday, Nov 3 8:30am – 4:00pm
Political Acuity by Dr. Peter Constantinou

Join Dr. Peter Constantinou for a full day workshop that will use case-based discussions to explore new approaches to thinking and analysis that will remove the mysteries of what it means to think “politically” and enhance the quality of our analysis and capacity for strategic thinking.

Click Here for more details



Click here to register

Fee: $199.00

Deadline to register is Oct 26, 2023


Click here to book at the Hilton Garden Inn

150 New Gower Street

After October 25, a 50% refund may be provided when a written request is submitted prior to or on date of event.

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Eat Great and Participate Coordinator

Eat Great and Participate is a leading health promotion program advancing access to healthy foods and beverages in recreation, sport and community settings in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Eat Great and Participate is a program of Recreation NL supported and funded by the Recreation and Sport Division, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation and the Public Health Division, Department of Health and Community Services. A Steering Committee, comprised of key stakeholders, provides guidance and support to the program.

The Eat Great and Participate Coordinator will:

  • Collaborate with a Steering Committee of key stakeholders to advance strategic directions and activities to support the goals and values of Eat Great and Participate. Key stakeholders include: Government of NL Departments of Tourism, Culture Arts and Recreation, and; Health and Community Services; Recreation NL; Sport NL; School Sports NL; Community Youth Networks; Regional Wellness Coalitions; NL Health Services (Regional Nutritionists and School Health Promotion Liaison Consultants); Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle of NL, and Food First NL.
  • Provide leadership and raise awareness of the importance of supportive environments for healthy eating in community, sport, and recreation settings, including support for the adoption and actioning of healthy eating policies, development, implementation and evaluation of programs and resources, and support for increased availability of healthy foods and beverages.
  • Consult with appropriate departments across all levels of Government regarding the development of new recreation, sport and community facilities to ensure healthy eating is supported through adequate space and equipment for food preparation and storage.
  • Collaborate with and support food service providers in recreation, sport, and community facilities and events to develop and implement healthier food and beverage offerings (e.g., conduct Making the Move to Healthy Choices workshops).
  • Develop partnerships across sectors to support collective action around improved access to healthy foods and beverages in community, sport, and recreation setting.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a robust communications plan to support the goals of Eat Great and Participate.
  • Update Eat Great and Participate resources with any new evidence or best practice in the field and develop new resources as needed.
  • Develop and conduct healthy eating presentations and workshops for recreation, sport, and community groups. This may include liaising with Registered Dietitians throughout the province.
  • Provide support to National, Provincial, and Regional Games organizers (e.g., Canada Games or NL Games) on healthy menu development and/or athlete resources.
  • Engage with Provincial Sport Organizations to further the goals of Eat Great and Participate and to support improved access to healthy foods and beverages in sport settings.
  • Prepare Quarterly Progress Reports and Budget Statements for program’s steering committee.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Registered Dietitian in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dietitians.
  • Strong understanding of community capacity building and health promotion strategies.
  • Understanding of the recreation, sport and community settings in NL.
  • Experience driving action on healthy eating initiatives.
  • Strong organization, coordination, and leadership abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with evaluation would be considered an asset.
  • Efficient in Microsoft Work, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Experience with social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships.
  • Capacity to work independently with guidance and support provided by an oversight committee.
  • Travel throughout the province may be required.

Location: Recreation NL Office (Paradise, NL)

Duration: One year, with the option of extension

Application Deadline: August 4th, 2023

Please direct applications to

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New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Community-based 2023–2024 Call for Proposals funding community-based projects

On August 1st, 2023, the Government of Canada will launch the annual New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Community-based stream 2023-2024 Call for proposals (CFP) to invest in projects across Canada. This program is offered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Please note that the online Application for Funding Form and the Applicant Guide will only be available on the NHSP Funding Page as of August 1st, 2023. It is important to note that you cannot submit your application before the CFP is officially launched.

Organizations will have a total of six (6) weeks to submit their applications, from August 1 to September 14, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). To learn more information about NHSP, please visit the NHSP Page.

Eligible projects must meet the CFP criteria, including:

  • be no longer than 52 weeks
  • request no more than $25,000
  • meet at least 1 program objective
  • seniors will lead or play a vital role in its planning and/or delivery
  • seek to benefit seniors and communities
  • demonstrate cost effectiveness

The NHSP supports projects that address the following objectives:

  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and,
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Organizations will be invited to apply for funding that supports the 2023-2024 program’s national priorities:

1.    Supporting healthy ageing, including:

  • addressing social isolation, including through supporting seniors’ digital literacy;
  • addressing ageism; and,
  • supporting mental health and dementia.

2.    Preventing senior abuse, including:

  • providing measures to reduce crimes and harm against seniors including elder abuse; and,
  • developing educational material to prevent unscrupulous practices, financial fraud and scams from happening to seniors.

3.    Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion, including:

  • promoting intergenerational mentoring and engagement;
  • advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and helping to secure a better quality of life for Indigenous seniors; and,
  • collaborating with diverse communities notably by serving members of the following vulnerable groups: low-income seniors, Indigenous Peoples, members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities, members of official language minority communities (OLMCs), seniors who primarily speak languages other than English or French, members of racialized and newcomer groups, persons with disabilities, veterans and seniors living in rural or remote areas.

4.    Supporting financial security, including:

  • helping seniors navigate and access government services and benefits and providing support to file their taxes; and,
  • supporting financial empowerment of seniors.

In addition to regional information sessions, technical support sessions will be provided to organizations during the application period and can be requested through Service Canada.

We encourage you to follow Seniors in Canada on Facebook and on Twitter or access  to obtain the most up-to-date information about the benefits, programs and initiatives available to seniors. Additionally, we are asking you to please comment, like and share our content to help spread the word about the 2023-2024 NHSP Community-based projects CFP and other important seniors-related announcements. Feel free to use #SeniorsInCanada to join the conversation.

We invite you to watch the message from the Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera.

Get notified of funding opportunities from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) by signing up to receive email notifications. To receive regular updates from the Minister of Seniors, sign up here!

Please note that a Call for Concepts for the Pan Canadian stream of the New Horizons for Seniors Program will be launched on October 4, 2023. The theme of the Call for Concepts will be increasing the social inclusion of vulnerable populations of seniors and will support concepts that use a collective impact approach. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

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Media Release: June is Recreation Month

St. John’s, NL – The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, recently joined Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (RNL) in proclaiming June as Recreation Month.

Celebrated annually, Recreation Month is dedicated to reinstating the importance of actively participating in recreation throughout the province. It is a fun and exciting way to celebrate recreation and promote its many benefits to individuals, families, and communities.

“Today we recognize June as Recreation Month. Every year we like to remind people that recreation includes all the activities that bring health and wellness to our lives,” said Steve Martin, President of RNL.

Recreation Month portrays recreation as more than just physical activity. It also encompasses all aspects of social, intellectual, creative, and spiritual pursuits that enhance individual and community wellbeing. “Through this new understanding of recreation, people have access to countless recreational opportunities,” said Martin.

“Recreation is a vital component of overall physical and mental health and well-being,” said Minister Crocker. “Whether it’s through physical exercise like walking, hiking or playing sports, or creative pursuits like crafting, music and art, recreation is a wonderful way for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians of all ages to relax, refresh and revitalize their lives, During Recreation Month I encourage everyone to find new ways to incorporate recreation into their everyday lives and continue to reap the benefits all year round.”

To get involved in Recreation Month, please visit and follow us on social media for great Recreation Month prizes!


Media Contacts:

Pamela Sheppard – Communications Coordinator for Recreation NL,
Gina MacArthur – Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation,

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