You Can Play Too Train the Facilitator Course

A half day training designed for people responsible for training recreation staff in an organization or simply interested in helping to deliver training to multiple organizations who believe in ensuring recreational programming is inclusive for all! This training provides information on how to create an inclusive environment, how to adapt activities and provides behavioural management techniques.

Once you have a You Can Play Too! Trainer on staff, the delivery of staff training becomes easy and more cost-effective for your organization.

Date: Friday, June 7th

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

Location: Southlands Community Centre, St. John’s

Application Deadline: Friday, May 24th, 2024

Registration fee for Recreation NL members $200

Registration fee for non-members $250

Once your application is approved, you will receive a registration link for payment.

Click Here for application

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CCPI Certification Courses for 2024

Participants needing to achieve Canadian Certified Playground Inspector (CCPI) status can now take the online theory course and exam and a practical online/webcast course.

You must register for the following in order to achieve certification

  • Theory Course and Exam – This a pre-requisite to the practical course, and will be completed on your own, prior to the practical course dates.
  • Practical Course and Exam
  • You must purchase a CSA Z614:20 document when you register for a theory and/or practical course, if you do not already have access to a copy. This document will be delivered to you via Canada Post. If you prefer a PDF, you can purchase this document from

To register for the online online theory course and one of the webcast session listed below, using our online registration system:

  1. Decide which webcast session you wish to attend from the list of sessions below
  2. Click on the webcast courses button on the right hand side of the page
  3. Sign in to your existing account if you have one or create a new one if you don’t
  4. Click on the webcast session you wish to attend
  5. Scroll down and select The Online Theory Course, The Practical Course and the Practical Exam
  6. Click on the checkout button
  7. Click Add to Cart for the CSA Z614:20 if you do not have access to a copy
  8. Select either “I am member” or “I am not member”
  9. Click on the Proceed to Payment button.
  10. Enter your payment information

If you have questions about online registration, contact CPSI toll-free at 1-877-536-2338.

Once you have registered, the CPSI office will send you instructions and login information for the Online Theory Course and the Practical Course and Exam as soon as they are able.

CPSI will be offering both online and in-person Theory and Practical courses this spring.

St. John’s, NL
Theory: May 21 – 22, 2024
Practical: May 23 – 24, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Newfoundland Time)
Exams will be completed in the afternoon of the second day of each course.
Register onlineregistration form.

Find more course listings HERE.

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Becoming a HIGH FIVE® PHCD Trainer

Becoming a Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) HIGH FIVE Trainer is a 2-day training designed for people responsible for training staff in an organization or simply interested in helping to deliver training to multiple agencies who believe in ensuring children have the best way to play! It helps organizations improve the quality of programs by making a commitment to continuous improvement in the area of healthy child development and training delivery.

Once you have a certified HIGH FIVE Trainer on staff, the delivery of HIGH FIVE trainings become easy and more cost-effective for your organization.

To apply to become a HIGH FIVE PHCD Trainer please complete the following application form. Deadline to apply is Thursday, March 28.

 Once you have been accepted to become a trainer, you will be sent registration information for the upcoming course.

Becoming a HIGH FIVE PHCD Trainer Course 2024

  • Dates
    • Virtual day (Zoom) – Wednesday, May 8
    • In-person day – Tuesday, May 14
      • Location: To be determined (metro area within Avalon region)
    • Cost
      • Rec NL Member $540
      • Non-member $685


  • HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) and modules
    • Quest 2 workshop – Monday, May 13 Register (same location as Trainer Course)

Learner Outcomes

 At the completion of this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Identify participant learning styles
  • Identify evidence-based content on healthy child development
  • Use creative techniques and effective communication skills to deliver training content with confidence

Important Course info:

This is a two-day training.

Day 1 is held virtually on the Zoom platform. Day 2 is held in-person.

You must attend both days of training in order to complete the training requirement.

You are required to have the full downloaded Zoom app on your device and have a working microphone, web cam, and speakers to participate. HIGH FIVE® expects 100% participation in the training.

This includes keeping your camera on for the duration of all online training events and full attendance for in person training.

Do not plan other meetings, calls or events on the days of your training.

Upcoming pre-requisite courses can be found at:

Trainings must be hosted by organizations with NL or by HIGH FIVE National 

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Rec NL Conference 2025 Canada Games Panel Topics

For those who are attending our 2024 Recreation NL AGM & Conference, please see the below about the 2025 Canada Games session:

The 2025 Canada Games are coming to St. John’s from August 8-25!

Members of the 2025 Canada Games Host Society, Board of Directors and others involved in the planning will discuss the logistics of planning the largest multi-sport event in the country, creating legacies for a community, and the workforce required to execute this 18-day national event.

Tell us, what do you want to hear from 2025 Canada Games organizers? Fill out the survey below to give your feedback.


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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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Active Living Leadership Network

Recreation NL, in partnership with the Government NL Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, is excited to announce the creation of the Active Living Leadership Network.

The goal of this new Leadership Network structure is to enhance Active Living within the province through coordination and collaboration across sectors. The Network approach will facilitate the opportunity for all Active Living resources, communication and services to be connected, supported and leveraged to their utmost ability.

We are inviting individuals such as yourself, from groups and organizations passionate about Active Living and improving the quality of life of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

To join the Active Living Leadership Network, please complete the following form. (one per organization)

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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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