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    Logan, Emma and Chloe Peitzsche demonstrate their artistic sides. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Charles Sandall tumbles down the bouncy castle’s slide. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Former Olympians Heather Ross McManus and Sean McManus held their Spring Action Trampoline Show, which combines humour with dazzling acrobatic feats. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Madilyn Littlechild has a sun painted on her face, courtesy of Dale Tapp. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Kids could try out different sports and programs affiliated with PSP, such as the Deep River/Petawawa Fencing Club. Instructor John Wills teaches Devon Cass a few tricks. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    On June 5, Garrison Petawawa Personnel Support Programs launched June is Recreation Month with a celebration at the Rec Plex. This year’s event also celebrated Community Recreation’s High Five® accreditation; HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality assurance standard for children’s recreation programs. (Left to right) Aquatics Coordinator Erika Jensen, Manager Community Recreation Karen Donovan, Community Recreation Coordinator Felicia Arsenault, HIGH FIVE® Coordinator Emina Secerbegovic, Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Marc Gagne, Senior Manager PSP Nathan Lane and Ryan Cane, Senior Manager at Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services cut a cake as part of the celebrations. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    All over Dundonald Hall, PSP put up signs, inviting people to share their favourite memory. Trinity Smith, 11, wrote about her time meeting a cow named Jellybean. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


Celebrating ‘June is Recreation Month’ PSP hosts recreation celebration June 5

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016


Personnel Support Programs (PSP) knows how to throw a party, particularly when they want to kick off June is Recreation Month.

Bouncy castles, a trampoline show, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, sports and games, a bike rodeo, a free barbecue and face-painting were all just part of the June 5 activities. Though the rain forced the activities indoors at Dundonald Hall, people still flocked in droves to attend the annual celebration.

“I’m always excited to come back to Petawawa and see some of the exciting thing they’ve done,” said Ryan Cane, Senior Manager at Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services.

As well as celebrating recreation as a whole, the event highlighted PSP’s incredible achievement in receiving the HIGH FIVE® accreditation. They’ve committed to training and development, staff assessments, policy and procedures as well as awareness, all things they were doing unofficially, but were recently highlighted by this endorsement.

“PSP not only met, but exceeded the required criteria for providing children programs at the highest qualities,” said HIGH FIVE® coordinator Emina Secerbegovic. “They are innovative with their processes for ensuring positive experiences for children, and truly made HIGH Five® their every day philosophy.”

On behalf of Parks and Recreation Ontario, Secerbegovic bestowed congratulations and praise upon PSP Petawawa. It is the first organization in the area, as well as the first military base to have received this status. “That is amazing,” said Secerbegovic. “Through their Personnel Support Programs division, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services are committed to providing quality leisure experiences, innovative programing and recreational facilities that enhance the health and well-being of the military community.”

HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality assurance standard for children’s recreation programs. It looks at ensuring youth have positive experiences, forging memories that will last for a lifetime. It is dedicated to helping children along the path of healthy development, something that PSP has been dedicated to from the start.

“Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services have always demonstrated exceptional leadership by supporting well-being through other Parks and Recreation initiatives such as June is Recreation Month,” said Secerbegovic.

Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Marc Gagne acknowledged this accreditation is a huge achievement for PSP. He credited the recreation department for their hard work, which resulted in this prestigious status. They have continuously focused on making Garrison Petawawa a fun place to live.

He added recreation should be celebrated all year round. “This is another occasion to make it more present in our lives,” he said. “It’s good for the kids. It’s good for our families. It’s good for the community. It is also good for our military members because recreation brings physical fitness and mental fitness.”