Fall Workshop

2017 MRPA Fall Workshop
Friday, October 20, 2017
Brewer Auditorium
318 Wilson Street Brewer, Maine

Workshop Fee w/ Lunch (MRPA Member): $40

Workshop Fee w/ Lunch (Non-MRPA Member): $50

Student Fee w/ Lunch (Student): $20

Check & Credit Cards Only—no PO’s

Registration by 10/14/17



Residence Inn    22 Bass Park Blvd
(across from Hollywood Slots) 


$129 king studio suite; includes parking and full breakfast

Reserve by 10/1/17  & REFERENCE MRPA  

Watch here for Thursday night social event -FMI contact:  Debbie Gendreau at  debbie.gendreau@bangormaine.gov

8:00 - 9:00am – Check In/Networking

9:00 - 10:15am - Sessions


Presenters: Nellie Levier (Lead Staff for Before/After Care) and Debbie Nickerson (Admin Assist/Child Care Services)  Gray Parks and Recreation

Quick! Let's change plans...it's raining! Have you ever panicked for a moment when you have a super cool activity planned and all of a sudden you need to change plans? Let's be honest. We all know we need to have "back-up" activities planned, but sometimes we just don't! This session will give you new ideas for rainy days, with things that you have right in your closet! Pasta and pipe cleaners, balloons and marshmallows, solo cups, bubbles, shaving cream and more! Let's talk fun, indoor activities for rainy days!

FROM THE KENNEBEC TO THE ATLANTIC: Managing Public Waterfront in Maine

Presenters: Todd Souza, Scarborough Community Services and Dean Bennett, Gray Recreation Department

Waterfront property can add a lot to your department-especially when it is managed successfully! From open to close, there are many items on the to-do list when managing a public waterfront space. In this round table discussion, topics will range from managing boat launches to hiring and training lifeguards, and everything in between. Whether you currently manage waterfront or are looking to add to your department, don't miss this interactive discussion! 

SAFETY FIRST! Are You Compliant?

Presenters: Lisa Thompson, Wiscasset Recreation and  Jason Webber, Old Orchard Beach Recreation

Wondering what you need to include in your recreation staff training for seasonal and full time employees?  What are some standard procedures you follow when training your staff?  Hear what other parks and recreation departments are using for a training framework, including the Maine Municipal Association’s First Net Campus Training and other mandated procedures.  Learn how to be prepared and protect your department and staff from the unexpected.  The focus of this session will be on summer camp and after school program staff trainings.

10:30 – 11:45am - Sessions


Presented by Kevin Lombard, Saco Parks and Recreation and

Explore how to create sport partnership models between your recreation department and local youth sport organizations.  Hear about successful ways that both partners can contribute in order to provide the youth in your community with the opportunity to “sport for sports’ sake” in the best ways possible.

AGING IN PLACE: How Can Parks & Recreation Departments Help?

Presented by Kim Doyon,  Falmouth Community Programs and Lisa Dunning, Director of Wellness Programs for EAAA (Eastern Agency on Aging)

What is the role of the public sector when it comes to helping senior citizens in our communities.  The fastest growing population in the country is in need of our help with transportation, fuel and tax assistance, food insecurity and helping to fight isolationism.  Do Parks & Recreation departments have a role in helping with any of these issues?  Hear how some communities are tackling these issues at home.


Presented by Kristen Kellner, HR Consultant/Chief Learning Officer, KMA Human Resources Consulting, LLC

Decision-making may sound simple, but when broken down it is actually multi-dimensional. This program sorts through these complexities, helping make sure your decision-making practices are sound, clear to all  parties, and guide individuals and groups toward well thought out and actionable solutions.  

11:45am – 12:30pm – Lunch

12:30 – 1:15pm – MRPA Business Meeting

1:15 - 2:30pm - Session

CHANGE HAPPENS! Leading Others and Managing Ourselves

Presenters: David Green and Ginger Ward-Green, Ward-Green Group

Do you sometimes feel "stuck" when things at work start changing? When you're trying to make things happen with  projects or through the work of others, do you ever wonder about how to get everyone rowing in the same direction in an ever-changing environment? Change happens! Sometimes, it's exciting and we welcome it. At other times, change is frightening and leads to sleepless nights. Sometimes we initiate change, and sometimes we are on the receiving end of change put into motion by others. If you are interested in learning how to be more change resilient, join us for this     workshop. We will focus on getting participants thinking and talking about: Understanding your own typical responses to change, and how those responses are working for or against you; AND, how best to influence, build trust and lead others through ongoing cycles of change.  

2:45pm Grand Prize Drawing:

Free registration to the 2018 MRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow!  All attendees will be entered into the drawing. Must be present to win!      

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