Committees and Advisory Boards
Members provide invaluable insight and direction for the Association, participate on numerous committees and advisory boards throughout the year, and play an active role in the production of BCRPA conferences, as well as the planning and delivery of courses, workshops, etc. The following is a sample of member working groups.
We also provide a way that members can get involved with each other, through the sharing of information, best practices, and general conversations on the issues and topics that are affecting their work and their communities.
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Committees and Advisory Boards
BCRPA Regional Liaisons
Regional Liaisons serve as communication links between BCRPA members and their regional colleagues, as well as a direct link to BCRPA staff in addressing regional priorities concerning training, professional development and regional issues.
The Regional Liaisons participate on the BCRPA Provincial Awards Selection Committee. They also contribute to the development and procurement of information and stories of interest from within their region as well as provincially and nationally. They also collect regional updates in the form of Regional Roundups and Whereabouts from local government members in their regions on a quarterly basis, which are published online.
2019/20 BCRPA Regional Liaisons
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I always loved being part of sport and recreation in and outside of school growing up. When I was in highschool I had the most amazing PE teacher and coach. She was everything I wanted to be when I grew up. After barely making it through my first year of Kinesiology at Selkirk College in Castlegar, I decided being a PE teacher wasn’t going to be in my future (way to much science!). I then took a year away from school to “figure life out”, while doing this I worked at private Japanese College in Nelson, BC in the Recreation Department as a gym monitor/coach/ special events organizer. This was the best job ever! I was getting paid to coach and work with people in a gym/recreation atmosphere without having to take any more science classes! It was about nine months later I was in Vancouver visiting family when I happened to be shopping at a mall and ran into one of my friends from the Kinesiology program at Selkirk (who also didn’t do so well at science) and she told me about this amazing program called Recreation Leadership that she had registered for at Langara College. After some looking into the program I knew this was the program for me. The program at Langara opened my eyes to so many possibilities and job opportunities in Recreation. I loved my two years at Langara College. The faculty really cared about all of us and my classmates became friends for life.
Many years later I find myself as a Recreation & Cultural Programmer in Castlegar, BC. I truly have my dream job! I get to work with so many amazing people. I have the ability as a programmer to connect with so many different people in my Community. When programming I plan and organize programs and events that really matter and make a difference in people’s lives. I may not be teaching in a school, but being able to create connections through my programs with all the many age groups I work with has been extremely rewarding and I couldn’t think of anything else I would rather be doing.
I began volunteering for day camps when I was 13 years old and became a daycamp leader and eventually a day camp coordinator while attending University.
I am from Calgary and received my BA in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta. I worked for a not for profit in Calgary, the Trico Centre, as the program manager before moving to Prince George where I started with the City of Prince George as a Community Coordinator.
I have just celebrated my 20th year with the City of Prince George and have been fortunate to work in many areas of recreation with the City of Prince George including the City’s beautification and financial assistance program, Community Association and Community Development management and delivery, direct program delivery including learn to skate, nature programs, communities in bloom, active living guide and market, special event liaison on games and events including the BC Senior Games, assisting in the management and implementations of the City and School District Shared Use Agreement and developing policies and strategies including the most recent 2017 Parks Strategy and the 2018 Ball Diamond and Sport Field Strategy.
I am currently working in the parks division and have taken on the management of our rental agreements and building relationships with park renters and key stakeholders. I am focused on enhancing visitor services in our parks, trails and sport fields through clear process and policy, communication and promotion.
I am passionate about building community pride through engagement, ensuring opportunities for recreation and promoting use of our parks, trails and sport fields. Of course I am also passionate about my family and we spend all the time we can exploring the outdoors with my husband and three boys.
I became a fitness instructor and volunteer at the local YMCA as I started university. I loved working with the members and really making an impact on their health and well-being. I originally planned to earn a science degree but because of the strong mentors I had at the YMCA, I started to consider a career in recreation, sport and fitness. I’m so glad I decided to change my focus. I still love making a difference for people in my community although today it is more at the community level than the individual level. It’s the best job I’ve ever had!
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Working in the Recreation field has been a part of my life’s work since I was 13 years old. My first job was volunteering for The District of Coquitlam as a student in the Summer Day camp program and boy, those were the days. In the early years of my career, I was fortunate enough to work in a variety of Municipalities and programs in the lower mainland. Once I graduated from Langara’s Community Programming and UVIC’s Leisure Studies Coop Program, I had the opportunity to work as the Wheelchair Basketball Provincial Coordinator for BC Wheelchair Sports. This later lead to becoming one of the Provincial Coordinators for the BC Special Olympics. I always knew however, that Municipal Recreation was where my heart was. I am now the Manager of Parks & Recreation for the District of Ucluelet – A community that truly reflects the very essence of recreation and I have never looked back since!
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My mom worked at the local rec centre. After soccer practice I would ride my bike to meet her and watch the rest of the lacrosse games for the night. It was pure joy being in that energy. When she had to work Saturday mornings I would tag along and attend hockey drop-in for 4 hours!!! Being at the local centre was just a normal part of my childhood.
Upon graduating from University my mom advised me not to work for the municipality as there was a glass ceiling for women; she also introduced me to the community development coordinator who offered me a volunteer opportunity. I started to help and then was offered a job.
I thought it was not possible to love what I was doing and make a living. I took the job and found it was my dream job programming for youth and seniors. Every job since has been my dream job and now I find myself making a living at what I just naturally fell into.
Glass ceiling smashed!!
Donnie Rosa is General Manager, Parks, Recreation and Culture for the City of Vancouver. Prior to this, she was the General Manager, Parks, Recreation and Culture for the City of Coquitlam, and previously the Director of Recreation for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. An avid hockey player and coach, dragon boater, yoga student, and humanist, Donnie is proud to be a career recreationist!
Donnie began her career in the City of Mississauga, working her way from a volunteer to Manager of the program. Later, as the Director of Recreation and Culture for the City of Brampton, she assisted the City to win the bid to deliver the Canada 55+ Games on its 20th anniversary, introduced a program to eliminate barriers to participation, and assisted in sustaining the Special Needs Adult Program Services Ontario, and also gained experience in Parks operations, operating the city’s two destination parks. Her career has been focused on driving visionary change through innovation, as well as leading organizational changes which result in greater access to recreation and culture. She is looking forward to contributing to BCRPA.
This is Donnie’s fifth year on the BCRPA Board of Directors. Donnie served one two-year term as Director, and two years as President-Elect. This is her first year as President on the BCRPA Board of Directors.
Parks Task Force
BCRPA Parks Task Force
- Clayton Postings, Ladysmith; Task Force Chair, BCRPA Board Director
- Alex Taylor, Metro Vancouver
- Isabella Hodson, Central Okanagan Regional District
- Neal Aven, Surrey
- Carmen Didier, Terrace
- Tanya Soroka, Cowichan Valley Regional District
- Mark Crowe, Regional District of Central Kootenay
- Doug Rose, Port Coquitlam
Organizing Committees/Working Groups
Fitness Advisory Committee Members provide recommendations, professional advice, information and support to the BCRPA on matters relating to the development, promotion and advocacy efforts of the BCRPA Fitness Registration Program and the National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA) national standard in BC.
Fitness Advisory Committee Members include:
- Debra Wilson (Chair), Rehabilitation and Fitness Coordinator, Strathcona Regional District
- Barbara Anderson, Recreation Programmer, Health & Fitness
- Kim Bond, Senior Education Administrator, Hilltop Academy
- Lela Dawson, BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders (TFL)
- Ingrid Knight-Cohee, Director, Group Fitness, Steve Nash Sports Club
- Carol Lepine, Fitness and Wellness Services Coordinator, City of Richmond
- Dr. Bill Luke, Associate Professor of Human Kinetics, Trinity Western University
The 2020 Empower YOUth! Planning Committee includes:
- Alvin Li, City of Richmond
- Amie Johnson, City of Surrey
- Graham Danziger, City of Port Coquitlam
- Jon Jonson, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
- Krista Germyn, City of Richmond
- Kristine Lewis, City of Burnaby
- Melanie Clark, District of West Vancouver
- Silisha Ali, City of New Westminster
The 2021 Parks Professional Pathways Program Committee includes:
- Chris McKerracher, City of Vancouver
- Dylan Myers, City of New Westminster
- Greg McNaughton, City of North Vancouver
- Kirsten Wourms, City of Kamloops
- Nancy McLean, Independent
- Neal Aven, City of Surrey
- Ralph Nevill, Retired
- Todd Gross, City of Richmond
The program and format of the Provincial Ripple Effects Aquatics Workshop has been developed by planning committee members:
- Cheryl Sibany, Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon
- Dale Miller, Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon
- Debbie van't Kruis, City of Terrace
- Jeannene Crosby, Canadian Red Cross
- Karin Carlson, Fort St. John
- Lauralee March, City of Surrey
- Leanne Virtue, Township of Langley
- Michelle Wilcox, District of Squamich
- Sean Healy, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation
BCRPA's Symposium 2021 program committee members include:
- Suzanne Samborski, District of Saanich
- Chante Patterson-Elden, City of Dawson Creek
- Roger Weetman, Municipality of Whistler
- Willa Thorpe, City of Port Alberni
- Robyn McConkey, City of Prince George
- Darren Peterson, City of Vancouver
- Jordan Petrovics, Town of Golden
- Abby Fortune, District of Ucluelet
- Lori Bowie, City of Port Coquitlam
- Cheryl Wiebe, District of Peachland
- Koreen Gurak, Strathcona Regional District
- Augusto Romero, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen