December 2022
Welcome to the December 2022 e-news. Winter is here, Christmas is on its way, and everyone is bustling with bookings for recreation programming.

The RFABC has completed another successful year with 75 courses and over 800 people trained! Thank-you for your support to ensure the recreation industry is operating safely and efficiently.

The RFABC is launching into 2023 with intention and strength to continually meet your needs. Your board and staff met in Vancouver to review the 2022-2024 RFABC Strategic Plan. There will be a continue focus on membership value and engagement, educational and professional development, communications, governance, advocacy, and partnership. As always, RFABC is your leader in recreation facility operation.

The Board and Staff would like to wish you a happy holiday season, and thank you for another year dedicated to providing recreation for your communities. 

Please Note: The RFABC office will be closed on December 24th, and reopening on December 28th, then again closed end of day on December 30th and reopening on January 3rd.
SAVE THE DATE | April 24-27, 2023
It is RFABC’s 75th Anniversary, and we can’t wait to celebrate it at the 2023 Conference and Trade Show held on April 24-27th, 2023. The RFABC Board and Staff are committed to making this the best conference ever!
The 2023 Theme is “Building Connections, Sharing Experience” because that is what we do, and we do it well. The recreation industry has been instrumental in leading their communities through a storm, and those working in the industry, are still fighting staff shortages. It has never been more vital to continue Building Connections, Sharing Experience, and the upcoming RFABC Conference is an essential tool to do just that!
The educational program is strong for 2023, and the conference once again will feature the traditional and epic trade show, networking opportunities, and entertainment.

The location is at the beautiful Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre in Penticton, BC. With affordable room rates, a private beach, a pool, and a gym, you will learn and network in style. The conference centre is also centrally located to many Penticton attractions. Bring your spouse or family and stay a few extra nights to make it a holiday!

Calling all RFABC Associate Members and those providing products and services to the recreation industry. Stay tuned for exhibitor and sponsor packages coming soon. We will contact all current RFABC Associate members first, so get your membership today by clicking here.

Visit the new RFABC Website for all updates coming soon!
The 2022 Fall Facility 2 Facility Magazine is available in print and online. This issues features:

  • 2023 RFABC Annual Conference and Trade Show

  • Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

  • Prince George Downtown Pool

  • Is it Time to Replace your Ultraviolet Disinfection System?

  • What Could Sponsorships Mean for your Operations? EVERYTHING!
Want to contribute? we are looking for stories for the next issue! Anything from new installations of equipment, facility renovations, team or programming success stories. If you have something to share, drop us a line at
Island Zone:

  • January 19th (Remote/In-person)
  • March 2nd (Oak Bay)
  • April 23-27th (Conference - Penticton)
  • May 25th (Westshore)

North, Skeena-Bulkley, Cariboo, Kootenay, and Lower Mainland Zone:

None Scheduled at this time.
Do you live on Vancouver Island and either work in or study recreation? If so, you are eligible for a $500 Grant towards education!

The Island Zone Education Grant has been established by the RFABC Vancouver Island Zone to recognize the significant contributions and service from the Zone’s long serving members and their commitment to support educational contributions and commitment to the RFABC.

Applicant Eligibility/Criteria

  • Must reside within the Vancouver Island Zone
  • Must be employed in the parks, recreation, or community development industry or a student currently enrolled in a recognized recreation studies program.

The application process will only take 15-20 minutes! Deadline to submit is December 15th!
It's time to roll out the red carpet for those working in recreation. Since 1952, RFABC has been able to recognize excellence in the field through its awards program. Many outstanding individuals, groups, provincial zones and facilities have been honoured over the years, and nomination are now open for this year!

Please browse through the various individual award listings by clicking the button below. The following awards are open to members for nominations.

  • John Bate Award of Merit

  • Bill Woycik Outstanding Facility Award

  • Dave Dauphinee Memorial Trophy

  • Gerry Morgan Memorial Trophy

  • Harry Atkinson Memorial Trophy

  • Joyce Fordyce Facility Programming Award

If you know someone who deserves that 'red carpet treatment' for their hard work and dedication to the recreation industry. The nomination form is found through the button below! The form only takes 15-20 minutes to complete, and the deadline to submit is March 1st!
Memberships - Why Choose Us?
Membership in the RFABC provides access to a wealth of resources and connections:

  • Information from regulatory agencies
  • Networking
  • RFAM Access
  • Facility 2 Facility publication
  • Discounted rates
  • Free job postings + more

There are several types of memberships to meet your needs and budget; Individual, Facility, Platinum, Retirement, Student (FREE), and Associate.

Building a career network starts with an RFABC membership!
Job Board
Looking for a full-time or part-time position in the wonderful world of recreation and parks?

Or maybe you would like to post a Job Opportunity?
Requests for Info, RFP'S, For Sale Items, and Resources
Are you looking for information on operations, policies, procedures? Do you have a request for proposal? Are you trying to sell something? RFABC's new website has a Classifieds Page and a Resources Page. Send your items to us, so we can do the hard work for you!

December 20-21 | Kelowna
January 1-15 | Online Remote
January 15-29 | Online Remote
December 10-11 | Prince George
Course Dates for the Following will be Posted Soon!
Island Zone Meeting - Door Prize Winner
Shawn Bourgoin, Recreation Services Manager from Port Alberni won the Victoria Royal’s door prize draw at the very well attended October RFABC Island Zone Meeting. Shawn won a pair of tickets to the Nov. 19th Royals vs Prince George Cougars game as well as a Royal’s beverage mug stuffed full of M & M’s. Shawn also picked up a couple of mini Zamboni models that were donated by a fellow Island Zone Member.
The Royals next play at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria against the Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday Dec. 6th and also Wednesday Dec. 7th. They then host the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday Dec. 14th. For the entire Royal’s season schedule please feel free to visit:

The Next Island Zone Meeting is January 19th, check out the RFABC’S Event Page for more details.
FCM - Guide on How to Transition Your Ice Rinks to Net-Zero
The FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) has provided a guide to help with transitioning your community ice rinks to net-zero. This can deliver significant reductions in energy consumption, utility costs and local GHG emissions. There are plenty of improvements that can be implemented but it’s not always clear where to start and how to choose programs with the greatest impact.
The guidebook "Taking Your Indoor Ice Rink to Net Zero" is for municipalities looking to retrofit existing facilities to save energy and reduce emissions. While the guide focuses retrofitting indoor ice rinks, its approach and lessons can still be applied to other municipal buildings.

FCM is seeking individual organizations or consortiums as strategic collaborators who will work with FCM to support the advancement of high-performance energy efficiency and net-zero retrofits in municipal community facilities.

Please read the Request for Proposal located through the button below. Submissions should be made using the submittable platform also located below. Any questions should be sent by the deadline of December 19th, 2022, the closing date for submissions is January 16th, 2023, 11:59:59 PM EST.
BCRPA's Recruitment Initiatives
BC Recreation and Parks Association is excited to announce initiatives they have underway to support recruitment and retention of staff in recreation, parks, and fitness.
They have created dynamic new recruitment 'rack' cards to showcase the exciting benefits these careers provide.
Please click on the buttons below to download, share, and print each card and make them available in your facilities, communities, and during your programs. 
RFAM (Recreation Facility Asset Management)

The RFABC, in collaboration with Marmak Technologies, has customized a user-friendly software application. This new software application will greatly assist recreation facility professionals in the collection and management of recreation facility asset data. The basic service is available at no cost, to all RFABC members; with a fee for service when certain modules are activated. 

RFAM includes modules that will assist with: 

To arrange for an overview webinar presentation, please contact, John Tarantino at Marmak Information Technologies or for more information visit
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