Leaders Guide

Yukon community recreation leaders guide for rural, remote and northern communities.




Development of this guide was possible with generous funding from Yukon Government Sport and Recreation Branch through the Yukon Active Living Strategy.

Module 0: Overview of the Guide

Find out why the Guide was written and some of the ways it can be used.

Module 1: Recreation Foundations

Appreciate the positive impact of recreation in rural, remote and Northern communities and how leisure education can help achieve these benefits.

Module 2: Yukon Sport and Recreation System

Understand sport and recreation in Yukon and the essential role of community recreation leaders.

Module 3: Funding and Budgeting

Learn about budgeting, financial management, fundraising, and how to access grants in Yukon.

Module 4: Recreation Leadership

Identify the qualities of an effective community recreation leader and how these may be applied in practice.

Module 5: Building and Engaging Community

Understand how a community building approach to recreation strengthens community capacity and participation.

Module 6: Planning for Recreation

Become familiar with a process for planning and evaluating recreation that involves community.

Module 7: Risk Management

Recognize key concepts and tools for risk management in community recreation.

Module 8: Quality Programs and Events

Understand how to program using a community-driven approach and the considerations that will ensure a positive experience for participants.

Module 9: Marketing

Explore appropriate marketing strategies for recreation in rural, remote and Northern communities.

Module 10: Facilities and Outdoor Spaces

Understand the planning, management, and training for the operations and maintenance of recreation spaces and places.

Module 11: Working with Groups and Partnerships

Become familiar with different structures of community structures and strategies for positive, working relationships.

Module 12: Staffing and Volunteers

Understand a process and some of the regulations related to recreation staffing and volunteering in small communities.

Module 13: Board Governance

Learn how volunteer boards are structured and strategies to support effective board functions.

Yukon Government Sport and Recreation Branch funded development of the Yukon Community Recreation Leaders Guide through the Yukon Active Living Strategy.

The Guide was developed in partnership between Yukon Government Sport and Recreation Branch and the Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon.

Terms of Use

The Yukon Community Recreation Leaders Guide was developed over two years and released in June 2015. The writings and tools of this Guide come from a variety of sources with their permission, and references are cited.

This resource is intended for the day-to-day use of community leaders and organizations, and may not be sold, mass produced, used in workshops by a professional paid trainer or distributed for profit without the permission of the Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon (RPAY).

Disclaimer: The Leaders Guide contains links to resources and external, third party websites over which RPAY has no control. In providing links to other sites, RPAY is not acting as a publisher or disseminator of the material, but is providing these links as a convenience to the user. Although these links were current at the time of publication (June 2015), RPAY bears no responsibility for the accuracy or content of external sites or subsequent links.


The Yukon Community Leaders Guide is a result of passion, dedication, and many long hours of writing, discussions, interviews, and brainstorming sessions. A big thank you is extended to the following individuals and organizations for their contribution:

Yukon’s Recreation Leaders, your input and feedback helped to create a useful, meaningful and relevant resource.

Authors: Caroline Sparks, whose commitment to the parks and recreation field, long term vision, and expertise moved the Guide from its initial concept through to completion, and Brenda Herchmer, whose experience as an adult educator in the community building sector and understanding of technology in leadership development were essential to the success of this project.

Writing and Development: Caroline Sparks, Brenda Herchmer, Mia Lee Carol Petersen, Anne Morgan, Pavlina Sudrich, and Inge Sumanik.

Guidance: Sue Meikle, Community Recreation/Active Living Consultant with Yukon Government’s Sport and Recreation Branch, whose encouragement and support helped this Guide become a reality.

Media and Photo: Thank you to all the Yukoners whose stories, photos and videos make the Guide interactive and interesting. You are recognized in the Media and Photo Credits.

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