Session Descriptions

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

T1 - Playground Revitalization Project – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Through a revolutionary approach to funding, The City of Greater Sudbury and the United Way Centraide North East Ontario are revitalizing 58 playgrounds over a 3-year period. This session will discuss this project, as well as the evolution of play from ground level equipment moving to the incorporation of the natural landscape, multi-generational play, accessible play, and innovative / risk based play. Please join us to learn more about this community-changing project. This session will be facilitated by Andrew Bialek, Superintendent of Parks at the City of Greater Sudbury and Shelley Lachapelle, Interim Executive Director of United Way Centraide North East Ontario.

T2 - Connecting with your Community – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This session will discuss ways to reshape how we connect with and engage our communities. Hear about the City of Greater Sudbury's Communications Strategic Plan, and how it is using new, interactive online tools to connect with the community, while re-shaping traditional in-person engagement opportunities. Marie Litalien, Manager of Communications and Engagement at the City of Greater Sudbury will facilitate this session.

NeORA Tradeshow and Lunch - 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy lunch and visit with vendors from across the province (and the country) to view new products and services related to recreation facilities, programs and events! Outdoor Playground equipment, bleachers and field equipment, exercise and fitness equipment, tables, chairs, scoreboards, arena board systems, indoor program equipment for all ages, recreation software and the list goes on! Do not miss this opportunity to speak directly to these vendors to learn about their products and services!

Facility Tours – Dress in active wear – comfortable walking/workout gear, running shoes, etc.

O’Connor Park Pickleball Facility – 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

A group of very enthusiastic pickleball volunteers mobilized in 2018 to collaborate with the City of Greater Sudbury towards the revitalization of underutilized tennis courts into a full-fledged pickleball facility. All delegates will be bussed to this facility for a short presentation by volunteers followed by the chance to view and use this upgraded facility. Do not miss this opportunity to get a bit of exercise and learn more about the sport that is taking over North America.

Northern Water Sports Centre - 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

From the pickleball facility, we will hit the road again for a 5-minute drive to one of Greater Sudbury’s jewels, the Northern Water Sports Centre. This facility was opened in 2016 with the vision of a centre for aquatic excellence. The building promotes community access to the lake by non-motorized watercraft and enables the aquatic project partners (The Sudbury Canoe Club, Sudbury Rowing Club and Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival) to host competitive water sport events up to an international level. The City of Greater Sudbury is a full partner and the facility houses all of the watercraft and aquatic training equipment while also facilitating training, classes, workshops, community events and administrative functions for all partners. This is a state of the art aquatic facility right in the heart of our city – do not miss the chance to tour this facility and try a quick paddle too!


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

W1 - Legacy from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge – 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

The City of Greater Sudbury was thrilled to benefit from a 3-year grant for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge which ended in 2018. This session will discuss the programs that were achieved through this grant as well as the ongoing legacy that continues. Kate Barber, Children's Services Planner with the City of Greater Sudbury, was the lead on this project and will facilitate this session.

W2 - Recreation Mapping!  - 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

The Analytics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Section in Greater Sudbury have made tremendous strides in using technology to assist our community in providing information on recreation facilities across the community. Find out how the City of Greater Sudbury is using these tools to assist staff and citizens alike to ease the process in providing valuable information to our community. The session is facilitated by Krista Carre, Coordinator of Analytics and GIS, Kris Longston, Manager of Community and Strategic Planning and Julie Marshall, Data Analysis Coordinator.

W10 – Physical Literacy - Executive Functioning Through Physically Active Play – 9:00 am – 10:15 a.m.

Engage in safe, active, and playful games to build self-regulation (waiting for signals or turns), working memory (remembering sequences), and cognitive flexibility (requiring quick changes). Be prepared to participate in these games with some innovative equipment you can use on Wednesday.

W3 - Learning through Play - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This hands-on session about child-led play will provide play ideas and resources to participants. Participants will reflect on ways to create engaging experiences and environments that allow time and space for exploration and risk taking. We will also reflect on how play supports and influences child development and growth. This session will be facilitated by staff from the Children’s Services department, City of Greater Sudbury.

W4 – Funder’s Forum – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport both have current funding opportunities that delegates will want to learn about! Hear first-hand and ask questions about what opportunities are upcoming and how your community can take advantage of them. This session is facilitated by Carmen Robillard from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Tony D’Agostino from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Lunch, NeORA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Keynote Speaker Brock McGillis - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

W5 – “Seniors like to Play too!" A Look at Senior Active Living Centers – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

* Session takes place at Parkside Centre - 140 Durham Street

Seniors Active Living Centres offer social, cultural, learning and recreational programs for seniors that promote health and well-being. This session will provide a hands-on look into the operation of Greater Sudbury’s Parkside Centre as well as a review of Arnprior Regional Health Senior Active Living Centre. This session is facilitated by Glenn Arthur, Program Coordinator at the Arnprior location and John Richer, Manager of Parkside Centre, Greater Sudbury. The session will occur on site at the Parkside Centre, (140 Durham Street, (705) 673-6227) only a short ten minute walk from the Radisson Hotel.

W6 – Managing Special Events in your Community – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Learn about how Greater Sudbury has streamlined its approach to Special Events with a cross-functional internal team consisting of all related departments across the municipality. A common intake process and new and improved website has made special event management a breeze, not only for staff, but also for community organizers! If you are involved in special event organization, you do not want to miss this informative session, offered by Anne Gervais, Recreation Coordinator, Kevin Joblin, Coordinator of Special Events and Paul Denniston, By-law Coordinator – Security.

W7 – Everything Trails! - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rainbow Routes Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization and registered charity dedicated to Greater Sudbury’s urban transformation towards a more vibrant place! Learn about most recent advances in trail planning and development to provide people with active, healthy and affordable recreation and transportation opportunities. This session is facilitated by Daniel Barrette, Executive Director of Rainbow Routes.

W8 – Community Garden Network and its Successes in Greater Sudbury – 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Find out how successful this volunteer network has been at developing community gardens and the edible food forests in our community! Facilitated by Colleen Zilio, President, Board of Directors Foodshed Project, Sudbury District Community Garden Network.

W9 – Rzone – Respect and Responsibility Policy – 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The City of Timmins is committed to fostering an environment where there is Respect for yourself; Respect for others; and Responsibility for your actions, at all City facilities, properties, City sponsored events, programs, in written or verbal communications (including email or phone), in City vehicles, or at any other location where City employees are present. Find out how to implement this type of policy and why it is important for all citizens of all ages in our communities as it relates to Play. This session is facilitated by Amanda Nadeau, Aquatic Supervisor, City of Timmins.

Awards Banquet and Gala - 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cocktails - 5:30 p.m. 
Dinner, Awards and Keynote speaker Adam Kreek - 6:15 p.m.


Thursday – September 26, 2019

TH1 – ORFA – Ontario Recreation Facilities Association – The Importance of Building Maintenance Plans - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

This session will provide information regarding the benefit of a building maintenance plan, risks/responsibilities of working with contracted service providers, and understanding the difference between “construction” and “maintenance” as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This session will benefit all who are responsible for maintenance of recreation facilities and is facilitated by Terry Piche, ORFA Technical Director.

TH1 – Kivi Park Tour – 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Set on 450+ acres of Cambrian Shield overlooking Long Lake in Sudbury, Kivi Park is entirely operated by volunteers and is a premier destination for outdoor health and wellness, sport and adventure. Join us for a one-hour tour/nature walk of this fabulous property and truly understand why Play is a Priority!

Drive to Kivi Park on your way out of town or before your return to your place of work – directions to be provided in your delegate bag. Hope to see you there!