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9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Welcome
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Concurrent Sessions 1
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Refreshment Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions 2
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions 3
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Refreshment Break
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Concurrent Sessions 4
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Closing Remarks

 


9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Welcome


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Concurrent Sessions 1


Retaining good, hardworking employees is not easy. This workshop will teach you the principles of retaining staff and conducting excellent training seminars to ensure staff get the best possible experience in their work environment. The trick is: "Training staff well enough so they will explore other options but treating them well enough so they will stay and work hard for you." Including icebreakers to engage staff, how to conduct one-on-one time and covering the evaluation state of retention, this session will teach you that the benefits of building a constant returning team, as compared to a constant learning team, is well worth the effort!  
Anthony De Laurentis, Community Recreation Programmer, City of Toronto


This session will help you understand the sensory systems in the human body (hint, there are more than five!) and how some individuals experience sensory processing challenges. You will learn about the link between sensory challenges as they relate to behavior and will be provided with an opportunity to step back and look at recreation spaces through a sensory lens to help you support different sensory needs in your recreation environment. You will be provided with many takeaway ideas to help you modify current spaces and equipment on a "Dollar Store" budget.
Ashley Arruda, Recreation Programmer, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville


10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Refreshment Break


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions 2


The City of Hamilton Recreation Division has offered an inclusion support program for many years. However, over these years, the demographics and needs of the community have changed. This session will share experiences of the successes and challenges related to the rapid growth of a support program, and the need for inclusive program options outside of camp. This session will provide you with an understanding of the growing pains associated with shifting demographics including the importance of transparent communication with the community, managing expectations related to what a support program truly offers, and how to approach hiring and part-time training staff. You will be provided with resources such as an intake package, timelines for registration, and behavior management guidelines.

This session presents the opportunity to step beyond traditional behaviour management and develop child-led, child-centered behaviour plans. Learn about new tools to help you assess the causes of challenging behaviours. Discuss ways to create an environment where every camper feels supported, respected, and safe. Explore what it means to "meet children where they are at" and the importance of acknowledging children's individual ideas, thoughts, and feelings. This session will introduce you to an evidence-based approach to peer-mediated inclusion and how it helps build more positive and healthy relationships between and amongst participants.
Jamie Fenton, Programs & Services Manager, London Children’s Museum



12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions 3


Staff burnout caused by stress and anxiety can lead to a staff team that is unengaged, making it difficult to run a successful program. This session will explore strategies to help motivate, empower and support your staff and includes ideas for team bonding, building connections and best practices in hiring. Using the low cost or no cost solutions provided in this session, your staff will be happier, healthier and more engaged and will come back year after year.
Tiffany Fagan, Supporting Kids in Camp Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association; Jennifer Harrison, Director, Rainbow Day Camp

The City of Oshawa has implemented a Behaviour Management training program for all recreation staff that has led to a significant reduction in incident reporting. This session will provide you with an overview of the training program which is applicable to all recreation providers, not just those working in inclusion. You will learn how the training program can provide you and your staff a better understanding of inclusion, including the “why” behind the behavior and you will leave this session with strategies in self-regulation, prevention and transition that you can implement within a typical camp/recreation setting.
Amy Sinclair, Inclusion Support Services Coordinator; Meaghan MacDonald, Program Coordinator-Recreation, City of Oshawa



2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Refreshment Break


2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Concurrent Sessions 4


Girls are 6 times more likely to leave sports than boys. Using current research and statistics shared within HIGH FIVE Sport, this session will help you build an inclusive and welcoming program for girls by teaching you to recognize when and why learning stops in active programs and providing you with the necessary actions to support your staff in delivering quality sessions. It will have some interactive elements so be ready to move a little and be ready to engage through questions and conversation.
Sarah Gallsworthy, Project Coordinator & Master Trainer, HIGH FIVE


Have you ever wondered how to utilize the youth volunteers all summer long? In this workshop you will see how a formalized Youth Volunteer Leadership Program helps keep youth volunteers interested and engaged in camp from week to week. You will learn how to build a unified work environment between camp staff and volunteers through the use of training days, weekly evaluations, facilitation opportunities, and peer to peer leadership opportunities. On top of this, you will learn how to help campers transition into leaders in programs even before they move into the Volunteer Leadership Program.
Lacey Smith, Recreation Programmer, Township of Wilmot



3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Closing Remarks