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COVID-19 UPDATES Updated March 25, 2020
Please refer to Alberta Gov't page for current information.

As per direction from the Alberta Government, AARFP is cancelling the 2020 Annual Conference scheduled for April 26-29, 2020. Delegates registration fees will be refunded and hotel reservations cancelled. See our President's Message below.

Social Services Support for COVID-19 - Funding Criteria

In addition, here are some resources developed by the Government of Alberta regarding emergency response and recovery.

Water Smart® Innovation Grant
Posted March 16, 2020
The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch is pleased to launch the Water Smart® Innovation Grant. The Water Smart® Innovation Grant supports a Canada free from drowning. Up to $750 will be provided to support an individual with an innovative idea that will have a direct impact towards achieving this goal. The project can take the form of (but is not limited to) a new initiative, event, project, product, training, equipment, resource, service, social media campaign, etc.

What's Covered?
The grant will provide up to $750 for a project that provides water safety information in an innovative method.

Who can apply?
Applicants must be a Lifesaving Society Member.

How to apply:
Apply Here - All grant applicants will be notified of their application status by email upon submission of their application. Applications will be accepted from March 9th until April 13th, 2020. Applicants will be notified on the receipt of their application at the time of submission and updated on their status when the grant is awarded at the end of April.

Funding for this grant is graciously provided by Lakeview Aquatic Consultants.

About the Parks Forum
Posted February 26, 2020
Do you work in parks operation, maintenance, or have an impact on green space development and planning? Are you looking for new ways to ensure your green spaces are sustainable and resilient in operation, maintenance, public use and cost effectiveness? ARPA is excited to once again host their Parks Forum! This year, the Parks Forum will be held in beautiful Canmore, Alberta from March 11 - 14. Click here for Program Information

AARFP's new Executive Director
Posted February 20, 2020
The AARFP Board of Directors is pleased to announce our new Executive Director, Laurie Darvill. Laurie brings over three decades of experience, including recreation facility leadership at the City of Calgary, not-for-profit roles, and a lifelong involvement in sports. Her passions are facility management, community development and building partnerships. She has completed our RFP Pool levels 1 & 2, and Arena level 1 courses.

We are excited to have Laurie bring her wealth of strengths and diversity of thought to the Executive Director role. She will start on March 16, 2020. Be sure to welcome Laurie when you meet her at the Annual Conference, April 26 – 29th.

Notice to AARFP Members - Bylaw Motion Change
Posted December 19, 2019
The Board would like to inform the membership of a change that will be presented at the 2020 AGM in Red Deer on April 28th, 2020.

Section 3 and article #3 states: "The Associate Representative shall be elected on an annual basis by a simple majority of the Associate members. This representative shall be ratified by the membership at the Annual General Meeting as provided for in these Bylaws and will carry one (1) vote only on the Board of Directors."

The Board will put forward the motion to change that clause to read: "The Associate Representative shall be elected at the Annual Trade Show by simple majority of the Associate membership present and they shall hold office for a period of two (2) years or until a successor is duly elected or appointed. This representative shall be ratified by the membership at the Annual General Meeting as provided for in these Bylaws and will carry one (1) vote only on the Board of Directors."

Ammonia Training Through ABSA
Posted November 21, 2019
Currently there is no mandated ammonia training/refrigeration operator requirements in Alberta (either one time or ongoing). However, an employer needs to prove competence. See attached link from ABSA with some information. Be sure to expand the overview tab. Overview, Certification Info, and Exam Requirements Here

Grants for recycling infrastructure
Posted October 30, 2019
The Community Champions Program (CCP) is a grant program that is specially designed for non-profit organizations and municipalities in Alberta. The program provides funding for specialized recycling bins (indoor and outdoor) and ensuring more accessible and convenient out-of-home opportunities for recycling. Click the link here to learn more about the Community Champions Program.

AUMA Discusses Provincial budget analysis
Posted October 30, 2019
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association conducted a webinar on the recently announced Provincial Budget. Click the link to hear the AUMA's preliminary analysis on the Government of Alberta's 2019-20 budget and the impact on Alberta's municipalities. Click the link here to learn more.

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™
Posted October 24, 2019
The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute is hosting workshops in Edmonton and Calgary next month. De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™ will help participants assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of interpersonal tools and strategies designed to defuse potentially violent situations. Click the link here if this is something you or your staff would find of value.

Anti-Entrapment Compliance Plan
Posted March 23, 2019
Alberta Health Services, Environmental Public Health has released the following documents to help public swimming pool owners and agents assess the entrapment risk in their facilities and comply with the anti-entrapment requirement of the Pool Standards, July 2014 (amended January 2018).

Due to the complexity and specialized knowledge needed to assess the equipment required for anti-entrapment, the owner or their agent may contract the services of a suitable professional or professional engineer to complete the anti-entrapment documentation. Documentation provided by the service professional and/or engineer should be included with the anti-entrapment plan.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss please contact the following:

Alberta Labour Inspecting Arenas
Posted March 18, 2019
Background - On October 17, 2017, an ammonia leak occurred at the Fernie Arena that resulted in the death of three workers. It was determined that the leak was due to the failure of aging ice plant equipment. In 2017, to monitor this emerging issue, Alberta Labour launched a focused inspection initiative of arenas throughout Alberta. The inspection initiative focused on recreational ice facilities with an ammonia chilling process and/or internal combustion powered ice surfacing machines. 195 inspections were conducted which resulted in a number of orders requiring corrective actions at work sites. Alberta Labour will be conducting a second focused inspection initiative of Alberta arenas between March 15, and April 10, 2019.

Objective - Using a firm, fair and flexible approach Occupational Health and Safety Officers will inspect approximately 100 arenas to monitor compliance of work site parties with the Occupational Health and Safety Act as it relates to chemical and physical hazards at Arenas. Educate work site parties on their responsibilities regarding the internal responsibility system, which will include joint work site health and safety committees and\or health and safety representatives. Increase the knowledge of chemical and physical hazards at arenas and their associated controls.

For information related to the initiative please contact Bill Reid at 403-382-4493 or bill.reid@gov.ab.ca

Asset Management
Posted February 6, 2019
The Alberta Association Recreation Facility (AARFP), in collaboration with the Ontario Recreation Facility Association (ORFA), and Marmak Information Technologies has customized a user-friendly software application called Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM) based on Ontario's successful Municipal DataWorks (MDW) asset repository program. Details Here.

Arena Focused Inspections Program Report
Posted January 16, 2019
Following the Fernie Memorial Arena tragedy, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) identified arenas as a key area for focused inspections in the 2017/18 fiscal year. Three workers were fatally injured as a result of an ammonia leak in October of 2017. This proactive focused inspections program ran from December 8, 2017 to February 28, 2018. In June 2018, significant amendments were made to the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Act. We invite you to read the report here.

Toxic Gas Safety Guidelines for Municipal Arena Operations in Alberta
Posted October 2, 2018
Alberta Municipal Health & Safety has just released its Toxic Gas Safety Guidelines for Municipal Arena Operations in Alberta. This is a guideline with basic information for Alberta Municipalities with arena operations where there may be potential for exposure to toxic gases. Please share this with your workmates.

Technical Safety BC's Investigation Report
Posted September 20, 2018
On October 16, 2017, the curling brine chiller at the Fernie Memorial Arena was put back into operation after a seasonal shutdown. During the shutdown and seasonal maintenance, ammonia had been detected in the curling brine system, indicating that the curling brine chiller was leaking. On October 17th, an ammonia alarm in the arena's mechanical room was triggered. In the end, three people were found deceased. An investigation followed, and the final report can be read here.

Pool Standards Updated in 2018
Posted January 30, 2018
Pool Operators - The Alberta Pool Standards July 2014 (amended 2017) were adopted on August 24, 2017 under the Public Swimming Pools Regulation. The document is here for your information and use. For additional information on the Pool Standards please refer to Alberta Health.

Leisure Lines Member Newsletter

Leisure Lines is the official newsletter of the Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel, published four times per year. To contribute articles, please contact the Editor at the AARFP office.AARFP publishes a quarterly newsletter, Leisure Lines. This is a great publication that helps keep our members informed on the latest technologies and innovations in the industry. Along with archives of previous issues, the Winter 2019 issue is now available to our members.

All current members with a valid email address on file at the RFP Office will be notified by email that it has been posted on the homepage. If you have not received an email advising you of this, and you are a current member of RFP, please contact the office at office@aarfp.com so we can update your email address in our database to ensure you will not miss any upcoming notices.


What's in the latest issue?

  • Recreation Facility Asset Management
  • 2020 Course Schedule & Registration
  • Extend your Learning with Red Deer College
  • A Look at the New Westminster Aquatic Centre Click here to log into your membership account.
  • Helpful Tips for Outdoor Rink Natural Ice Making
  • In Pursuit of "Net Zero": The Lithium-Ion Advantage
  • See Real Savings with the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre
  • Meet Instructor Willie Jurcevic
  • Canada's Fastest Outdoor Ice
  • Peter Heminway Fitness & Leisure Centre
  • The Benefits of Classroom Training
  • And more!

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