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Parks and Recreation Ontario

Healthy People | Vibrant Communities | Sustainable Environments P ar ks a nd R ec rea t i o n Ont a ri o 201 1 Annu al Re port


Table of Contents

Message from the President and CEO................................................................................. 3 Public Policy: Strengthening our Voice................................................................................. 4 Local Action: Engaging Communities................................................................................... 6 Essential Knowledge: Inspiring Leaders............................................................................... 7 Quality Assurance: Setting a Standard for Excellence............................................................ 9 Financial Statements........................................................................................................ 11 Community Commitment.................................................................................................. 13

In 2011, Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) provided leadership in advocacy, education and quality assurance to support recreation and park providers in communities across the province. PRO’s diverse membership, made up of more than 2,000 individuals from recreation, parks and environment, health, education, community engagement, industry vendors, planners and other related sectors, reach more than 80% of Ontario’s citizens, creating healthy, vibrant and prosperous communities. Strategic Goals 2008 – 2011 Public Policy Positively influence public policy and legislation through advocacy and research in order to enhance the position of parks, recreation and physical activity. Local Action Enhance the position of recreation and parks in local communities through the development of tools and resources. Essential Knowledge Increase the skills and knowledge of professionals and volunteers so they are better able to manage issues relevant to the recreation and parks sector. Quality Assurance Assess the need and establish quality assurance and standards for recreation and parks in order to equip the sector with the capacity to measure, to improve and to account for performance.


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A Message from the President and CEO

2011 marked the final year of PRO’s 2008-2011 Strategic Plan. With a renewed Strategic Plan that will carry the organization through to 2015, it is with a great sense of accomplishment that we look back on what we have achieved together. Recreation is a catalyst for change and for growth. It is the foundation of our vibrant communities and provides many benefits to individuals and to society as a whole. In challenging times like ours, recreation and parks are more important than ever as we continue to engage and empower communities and improve the quality of life for all Ontarians. Looking back PRO, supported by a strong membership, has gained momentum and was able to increase its reach and influence by focusing on its four strategic objectives: advocacy, local action, education and quality assurance. The core of PRO’s work has focused on repositioning the benefits and importance of recreation and parks within new political, economic and social contexts. Keeping recreation and parks front of mind with decision makers and the public is of paramount importance if recreation is to reach its full potential.

Recreation, in its many forms, is acknowledged as one of the central values of human existence. We have a fundamental need to rejuvenate our minds and our bodies. Recreation is more than just fun and games; it has the power to change lives through the individual and societal benefits that it provides. Recreation is essential to sustaining a high quality of life.

Much of the advocacy that PRO has undertaken over the past years culminated in 2011 when PRO collaborated with sector stakeholders and Government on the Ontario Recreation Framework. This Framework is a guiding document for all those with a commitment to the health and wellbeing of Ontario’s citizens and communities. It publicly recognizes the value and benefits that recreation, trails, community sport and culture provide, and indicates a promise to ensure that all Ontarians benefit from equitable access to safe, quality recreation opportunities. Recognizing the diverse nature of community recreation and parks, PRO responded to the need for new ways of learning. PRO ventured into cyber-space in 2011, offering web-based learning and enhanced, interactive web platforms. The impact of new technologies is offering fresh possibilities for education, disseminating information and for engaging citizens. PRO’s annual conferences and local workshops continued to draw more participants from allied sectors such as health and education. Excellence and quality assurance are pivotal to repositioning recreation and parks as part of the health agenda. Measuring and ensuring quality and evaluating our successes must be embedded in all that we do. PRO has responded to sector needs by updating and revitalizing elements of the HIGH FIVE® quality assurance standard. Moving Forward PRO’s renewed 2012-2015 Strategic Plan builds on the achievements of the past and aligns PRO’s Vision and Mission with current trends in health and wellness. It will allow the sector to move forward strategically and to leverage the tremendous power of recreation and parks. So, it is with great pleasure that we present to you PRO’s 2011 Annual Report. By reflecting on our shared successes and looking to the future, we will ensure that recreation and parks continue to play a pivotal role for healthy people, vibrant communities and sustainable environments.

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Liz Weaver President


Larry Ketcheson CEO

Public Policy: Strengthening our Voice PRO takes a collaborative approach to policy development, consulting with its members and a diverse range of other stakeholders. Together, we present a strong, unified voice for the sector.

Advocacy 2008-2011 Highlights Publishing the Ontario Framework on Affordable Access to Recreation.

PRO’s policy agenda for 2011 focused on confirming the significance of recreation and parks in combatting some of today’s toughest challenges including the obesity epidemic and rising health care budgets.

Creating a Charter for Recreation and Parks in Ontario.

Provincial Election Platform: Investing in Health Promotion and Prevention PRO published a provincial election platform that called on Government to invest in recreation and parks for healthy people and communities. It is estimated that physical inactivity costs Ontario between $2.2 and $2.5 billion a year in direct and indirect health care costs. Meanwhile, research shows that investing in health promotion and prevention will save health care and social service dollars. PRO provided a consistent message to Government: Ontario has a multi-billion dollar recreation and parks industry that supports healthy active lifestyles in every community in the province.

Contributing to research that led to a $900 million investment in recreation and parks infrastructure. Publishing research on the public’s perception of the benefits of recreation and parks, showing that 98% of Ontarians recognize that recreation and parks are essential services that benefit the entire community. Creating provincial and municipal election platforms that helped place recreation and parks higher on the political agenda.

Ontario Recreation Framework In 2011, PRO worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, the Ontario Trails Council and other leaders to renew Ontario’s 1987 Community Recreation Policy Statement. The Ontario Recreation Framework is intended as a guiding document for all those with a commitment to the health and wellbeing of Ontario’s citizens and communities. It publicly recognizes the value and benefits of all forms of recreation and provides an aspirational vision that all Ontarians benefit from accessible, quality recreation experiences in their community. PRO continues to work with Government and stakeholders to confirm the implementation and evaluation of the Framework objectives and to secure endorsers across the province. Full-Day Learning and Recreation PRO continued to work with allied organizations to position the importance of recreation programs for healthy child development within the full-day learning system. Reconnecting Children with Nature PRO is part of a leadership team including the Royal Botanical Gardens and Ontario Nature for the Back to Nature Network. The Network is a group of organizations and individuals working to ensure that children can learn and play in nature. Over a two-year project, the leadership team is creating a teacher’s guide for learning in nature, creating policy papers for provincial and local government and building a strong network of champions.


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National Recreation Summit In October 2011, over 200 leading Canadian and international thinkers from recreation and allied sectors met in Alberta to discuss the issues facing the recreation and park sector. A strong contingent of PRO members and staff attended and contributed to valuable discussions around four themes: • Confronting Canada’s public health crisis • Respecting nature and our environment • Building community • Contributing to public sector and social innovation The results of the Summit were disseminated through the Leisure Information Network ( and PRO continues to engage stakeholders to move forward with outcomes from the summit in Ontario.

Recreation has far-reaching benefits in itself. But it can also help open the door to broader community change. There is perhaps no better springboard for fostering healthy communities. - Sherri Torjman, 2012

Supporting Policy Change across Government Parks and recreation play a vital role in the daily lives of Ontarians and as such many provincial policies and programs are relevant to the sector. In 2011, PRO worked with many ministries across Government to align policies that support recreation and parks. Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Poverty Reduction Strategy Affordable Access to Recreation HIGH FIVE® Ministry of Education Community Use of Schools Full-Day Learning Ministry of Finance Pre-Budget Consultations Ministry of Health Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers’ Declaration on Prevention and Health Promotion Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport Affordable Access to Recreation Policy Development and Community Workshops HIGH FIVE® Training within Public Health Infrastructure Renewal Strategy Municipal Performance Measurement Ontario Recreation Framework Youth Engagement – YEP4 Conference Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Infrastructure Renewal Measuring Customer Service Satisfaction for Recreation and Parks Provincial Policy Statement Review Ministry of Transportation Active Transportation Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat Age-Friendly Communities June is Recreation and Parks Month/Seniors’ Month P ar ks a nd R ec rea t i o n Ont a ri o 201 1 Annu al Re port

PRO’S 2012-2015 Strategic Plan Vision Statement Healthy People Vibrant Communities Sustainable Environments Mission Statement Parks and Recreation Ontario is a nonprofit association that advances the health, social and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources and collaborative partnerships. Strategic Directions 1. Influencing: Advance the development of government policy that ensures safe, affordable, accessible and quality recreation and parks opportunities and increase awareness of the importance and benefit of recreation and parks. 2. Building Capacity: Strengthen the capacity of sector stakeholders to help Ontarians to lead healthier lifestyles. 3. Quality Assurance: Strengthen quality standards to facilitate continuous improvement in service delivery. 5

Local Action: Engaging Communities PRO supports community leaders by producing research and resources that promote the value and benefits of recreation and parks and helps to ignite local action. Engaging Ontarians Recreation and Parks Month Each June, hundreds of communities across Ontario celebrate Recreation and Parks Month. In 2011, PRO was pleased to partner with the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat to celebrate both JRPM and Seniors’ Month. The Minister Responsible for Seniors provided a video for the PRO website and a letter was sent to all Mayors acknowledging the importance of recreation and parks for active seniors. Engaging Ontarians 2008-2011 Highlights

Engaging Members Through PRO’s online publications, such as the PROFile e-bulletin and Job Mart, PRO is able to deliver relevant information directly to members. Reaching more than 2,000 members across the province, PRO uses digital resources to provide targeted information on current trends and research to equip practitioners with essential knowledge.

PRO Members provide services, facilities, trails and parks for 10 million Ontarians. Over 2 million Ontarians were reached through PRO’s mobilization initiatives like June is Recreation and Parks month and Summer- and WinterActive.

Youth Engagement Play Works PRO is one of eight provincial organizations that make up Play Works, the Ontario Partnership for Active and Engaged Youth. The Play Works Youth Friendly Recognition Program creates a standard for sustained and meaningful youth engagement and involvement. There are 39 formally-recognized Youth Friendly Communities in Ontario that are helping to empower youth and to build healthier and more socially responsible communities.

39 Communities are provincially recognized as Youth Friendly. New database and website improves e-communication.

Provincial Partnerships Through partnerships and collaborative action, PRO is expanding its reach and having a positive impact on communities. PRO is an active member of several coalitions including: • Back to Nature Network • Ontario After School Collaborative • Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance • Ontario Collaborative on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity • Ontario Task Group on Affordable Access to Recreation • Play Works • Spark Together for Healthy Kids (Heart and Stroke Foundation) National Action PRO is a member of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, a national alliance of provincial and territorial partners. PRO works with its provincial and territorial partners on important issues such as the importance of after school recreation programming, defining a national infrastructure investment strategy and the Canadian Sport Policy Renewal.


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Essential Knowledge: Inspiring Leaders In 2011, PRO continued to inspire today’s leaders in recreation and parks through training and the development of essential resources. PRO worked to identify gaps in knowledge and deliver relevant training across the province. PRO connected with over 6,000 individuals who participated in education and training events.

Essential Knowledge 2008-2011 Highlights

Annual Events PRO’s three major annual training events provide leaders in parks and recreation, public health, education, elected officials, students and interested citizens with the finest educational opportunities.

More than 50,000 Ontario recreation and sport leaders trained in the Principles of Healthy Child Development.

2011 Educational Forum and Trade Show Held at Deerhurst Resort, this event presented essential knowledge on topics ranging from active aging to youth development. The 2011 Forum drew over 550 delegates, exhibitors, speakers and guests for sessions and a world-class trade show.

1st National Exchange for Recreation held at the 2010 PRO Forum. Online professional development expands reach of quality training.

PRO Aquatics Conference 2011 marked the 38th annual aquatic conference in Ontario, the largest training event for aquatic professionals in the country. Over 250 delegates, speakers and commercial representatives gathered at The Rosseau in Muskoka for three days of informative sessions, networking events and a trade show.

HIGH FIVE® training resources are updated to reflect current research on healthy child development. 18 Colleges and Universities have integrated HIGH FIVE® into their curriculum and resources.

MBA Symposium for Managers and Staff of Youth Development Programs Youth are a valuable resource and PRO invests in youth leaders by offering this unique training event that helps improve the breadth and quality of services for youth. In 2011, more than 120 youth development workers and health promoters from across Ontario participated in the Symposium. Workshops With the support of local hosts, PRO presented over 40 workshops in communities across the province on subjects such as Positive Youth Development, Facilitation and Affordable Access to Recreation. PRO continued to offer online training, such as a webinar on Bringing the Outdoors Back In. The Ontario After School Collaborative PRO is the secretariat for the Ontario After School Collaborative, a group of seven provincial organizations working on a two-year initiative – Enhancing the Quality of Ontario’s After School Programs: A Provincial Collaborative Approach. This initiative is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada Healthy Living Fund and the Province of Ontario. PRO, in conjunction with its provincial partners Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada – Central Region, Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario, First Work, Ontario Public Health Association, Ophea, YMCA Ontario, was pleased to offer workshops for managers and front-line leaders to help improve the quality of after school programs in Ontario. The initial workshops focused on physical activity, healthy eating, healthy child development and bullying awareness. In December, events across the province drew more than 200 participants. P ar ks a nd R ec rea t i o n Ont a ri o 201 1 Annu al Re port


“The general public understands both the direct and intangible benefits provided by recreation and parks. They strongly support public recreation and parks, and acknowledge that these services are essential to social and community development.” Use of Benefits of Local Government Recreation and Parks Service: An Ontario Perspective

HIGH FIVE® Ontario Across Ontario, organizations and municipalities have adopted HIGH FIVE® as a primary quality assurance standard. To date, more than 50,000 leaders have been trained in the Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) and over 6,000 leaders acquired skills to assess policies and programs through QUEST – the Quality Experience Scanning Tool. There are now 550 HIGH FIVE® trainers within Ontario! Finally, HIGH FIVE® Sport continues to gain momentum with more than 1,000 coaches trained.

Training Partners PRO would like to thank the following organizations and municipalities for cohosting training events. Alderville First Nation Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton, Kingston, London, Oshawa, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and the St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club Canadian Forces Cities of Barrie, Hamilton, Kenora, London, North Bay, Ottawa, Pickering, St. Catharines, Temiskaming Shores, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo and Windsor 8

Counties of Brant and Essex Fusion Youth Activity and Technology Centre Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre Sudbury Better Beginnings, Better Futures Towns of Ajax, Hanover, Ingersoll, Oakville, Richmond Hill and Whitby Township of Alnwick/Haldimand YMCA of Greater Toronto Youth Roots

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Quality Assurance: Setting a Standard for Excellence Quality assurance is a mark of excellence that exhibits an organization’s commitment to constant improvement. Parks and Recreation Ontario supports the development of standards for service delivery and asset management and equips the sector with the tools and resources necessary to ensure high quality and high performance. HIGH FIVE® Founded in 2001 by Parks and Recreation Ontario, HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality standard for children’s sport and recreation programs. It represents a true commitment to quality physical activity and is based on research involving child development experts, recreation and sport professionals, families and leaders. PRO supports the delivery of the HIGH FIVE® standard throughout Canada in four spheres: recreation, sport, health and education. The growth and development of HIGH FIVE® has benefited hundreds of thousands of children. Here are a few facts and figures: • There are now 10 provincial and territorial Authorized Providers for HIGH FIVE® across the country: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nunavut, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador. • The new QUEST 1 online training module was launched with enhanced resources for risk management through the review and creation of organizational policies and procedures. • New research on physical literacy and mental health is being incorporated into HIGH FIVE® trainings. • A new Healthy Minds online module focuses on children’s mental health. • HIGH FIVE® training was provided for provincially and federally funded after school programs in BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, New Brunswick and Nunavut in recognition of the program’s expertise in quality assurance for children’s programs. • Canadian Forces joined as a National Umbrella Organization with all 32 Canadian Forces Bases becoming HIGH FIVE® Registered Organizations, benefitting 50,000 children living on bases across Canada. Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program The 16 criteria for Youth Friendly Communities have become a benchmark for excellence in youth engagement. Communities strive for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Community Builder designation, encouraging and challenging leaders and youth to work together for active and engaged communities.

Quality Assurance Highlights 2008-2011 HIGH FIVE® is launched nationally. 65,000 front line leaders across Canada trained in the Principles of Healthy Child Development. 150 organizations are registered with HIGH FIVE® in Ontario. 17 HIGH FIVE® Accredited Organizations in Ontario. HIGH FIVE® is recognized nationally as a best practice Accreditation Standard by Dr. Kellie Leitch in her report to federal Minister of Health. Youth Friendly Communities have been recognized at ceremonies at Queen’s Park, with provincial Ministers, MPPs and local elected officials in attendance.

Measuring Customer Value and Satisfaction In collaboration with the Ontario Municipal Knowledge Network (AMO), PRO created a customer service satisfaction survey tool for municipalities. This resource offers a consistent and comprehensive approach that will help municipalities seek customer input and evaluate their services.

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A Special Report on PRO’s Trust Funds

Independent Auditor’s Report

In 1995, when PRO was formed as the result of the consolidation of former member organizations of the Parks and Recreation Federation of Ontario, two trust funds were established: the Aquatics Trust (from AAPO) and the Municipal Administrative Branch (MAB) Trust. Over the years, the trustees have strategically applied these funds to support projects that strengthen the sector. In the past, Trust funds have been applied to projects such as affordable access to recreation workshops in rural and northern communities, The Ontario Recreation Framework, research projects and new technologies.

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Parks and Recreation Ontario, which comprise the statement of financial position as at December 31, 2011, and the statements of changes in net assets, operations and cash flows for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

To the Members of Parks and Recreation Ontario

PRO would like to thank Trustees Lynton Friedberg, Jennifer Reynolds, Louise Veres, Patrick D’Almada and Joanne Wilson for their dedication and service and for guiding strategic investments that support recreation and parks in Ontario.

Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards, and for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor’s Responsibility

Treasurer’s Report The following audited financial statement for Parks and Recreation Ontario confirms that 2011 was a robust year marked by high activity resulting in a small surplus. The statement highlights the core revenues from corporate services, communications and public relations, education and training, HIGH FIVE®, membership services and contract services. As part of Corporate Services, $24,948 will be allocated to PRO’s general reserve fund – increasing it to $178,796. In 2011, PRO budgeted $1,979,341 in revenues and $1,976,941 in expenditures. Actual expenditures in 2011 totaled $2,077,401, an increase of $20,975, or 1.02% over 2010. Actual revenues in 2011 totaled $2,102,349, an increase of $29,535, or 1.4% over 2010. This increase in activity can mostly be attributed to the HIGH FIVE® business line which displayed more training and registration by organizations in Ontario and across Canada. In 2011, PRO Board of Directors and staff completed the Risk and Deficit Guidelines that will help with resource allocation, loss reduction, risk identification and improvement of capital deployment. The PRO Purchasing Policy has also been completed and will place internal controls on financial procurement, reporting and fund raising. In addition, the PRO Code of Conduct has been initiated. Once completed, the Code of Conduct will ensure effective compliance controls are in place for all areas of labour relations requiring the protection, safety and health of staff. Derek Edwards, Treasurer

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe, except as explained in the following paragraph, the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion. In common with many not‑for‑profit organizations, the Parks and Recreation Ontario derives revenues from membership fees, the completeness of which is not susceptible to satisfactory audit verification. Accordingly, our verification of these revenues was limited to the amounts recorded in the records of the Organization and we were not able to determine whether any adjustments might be necessary to revenues, contribution to reserve and net assets.

Opinion In our opinion, except for the effects of adjustments, if any, which we might have determined to be necessary had we been able to satisfy ourselves as to the completeness of revenue, as described in the preceding paragraph, these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Parks and Recreation Ontario as at December 31, 2011 and the results of its operations and cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian accounting standards. Mississauga, Ontario March 7, 2012


Gilmore & Company, LLP Licensed Public Accountants

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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION As at December 31, ASSETS Current Cash and short‑term investments $ Accounts receivable Prepaid expenses Inventory



752,647 $ 240,332 36,141 51,574 1,080,694

523,035 227,139 33,723 51,483 835,380

Property and equipment (Note 4)

12,953 1,093,647 $

17,075 852,455


STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS For the year ended December 31,

LIABILITIES Current Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ Deferred contributions

238,909 $ 571,904 810,813

117,292 526,997 644,289

NET ASSETS Invested in property and equipment Unrestricted Internally restricted $

12,953 178,796 91,085 282,834 1,093,647 $

17,075 149,726 41,365 208,166 852,455

Core revenue Corporate services $ Education and training HIGH FIVE® Communications and public relations Membership services Contract services Core expenses Corporate services Amortization Education and training HIGH FIVE® Communications and public relations Membership services Contract services Core revenue in excess of expenses Project revenue Project expenses Project revenue in excess of expenses Contribution to reserve $



136,318 $ 575,397 804,571 51,741 178,499 355,823 2,102,349

156,709 572,292 722,656 43,516 136,558 441,083 2,072,814

313,918 4,122 484,671 723,667 201,312 114,583 235,128 2,077,401

299,385 5,423 461,040 637,436 141,068 107,518 404,556 2,056,426

24,948 777,105 777,105 - 24,948 $

16,388 299,418 299,418 - 16,388

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS For the year ended December 31, 2011 Invested in property and equipment Unrestricted Balance, beginning of year $ 17,075 $ 149,726 Contribution (charged) to: Reserve (4,122) 29,070 Special interest trusts - - Projects - - Research and development - - Balance, end of year $ 12,953 $ 178,796

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS For the year ended December 31,


Internally restricted Total Total $ 41,365 $ 208,166 $ 171,778 - 24,948 16,388 (10,280) (10,280) - - 60,000 60,000 20,000 $ 91,085 $ 282,834 $ 208,166

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Operating activities Excess of revenues over expenses for the year $ Changes in non‑cash working capital items: Accounts receivable Prepaids and deposits Inventory Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Deferred revenue Amortization Investing activity Distribution from special interest trusts Contribution to research and development



(13,193) (2,418) (91) 121,617 44,907 4,122 179,892

(6,901) 15,749 (13,305) (77,557) 309,359 5,423 249,156

(10,280) 60,000 49,720

- 20,000 20,000

Net increase in cash Cash and short‑term investments, beginning of year Cash and short‑term investments, end of year $

229,612 523,035 752,647 $

269,156 253,879 523,035


2011 24,948


NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS December 31, 2011 1. Purpose of the organization Parks and Recreation Ontario was created to enhance the quality of life, health and well being of people, their communities and their environments. Parks and Recreation Ontario is incorporated under the Corporations Act of Ontario as a not‑for‑profit organization. The Organization is exempt from income taxes as long as it complies with the applicable provisions of the Income Tax Act. 2. Significant accounting policies Property and equipment Property and equipment are recorded at cost. Amortization is provided using the declining balance method at the following annual rates: Computer equipment ‑ 30% Furniture and fixtures ‑ 20%

3. Financial instruments The carrying value of cash and short‑term investments, accounts receivable, and accounts payable and accrued liabilities approximate their fair value due to the immediate or short‑term maturity of these financial instruments. 4. Property and equipment 2011 Net Accumulated Carrying Cost Amortization Amount Computer equipment $ 86,848 $ 82,563 $ 4,285 Furniture and fixtures 16,803 8,612 8,191 Leasehold improvements 1,192 715 477 $ 104,843 $ 91,890 $ 12,953

2010 Net Carrying Amount $ 6,122 10,238 715 $ 17,075

Leasehold improvements are amortized on a straight‑line basis over five years.

5. Commitments The Organization is committed to minimum annual payments on its premise and computer equipment as follows:

Revenue recognition Parks and Recreation Ontario follows the deferral method of accounting for contributions. Restricted contributions are recognized as revenue in the year in which the related expenses are incurred. Unrestricted contributions are recognized as revenue when received or when receivable if the amount to be received can be reasonably estimated and collection is reasonably assured.

2012 $ 22,017 $ 34,063

2013 7,050

Contributed services Given the difficulty of determining their fair value, contributed services are not recognized in the financial statements. Deferred contributions Deferred contributions represent unspent resources received or receivable in the previous and current periods, externally restricted for operating funding of subsequent periods. Investments Investments are carried at the lower of cost and market value. Inventory Inventory is stated at the lower of cost (average cost basis) and net realizable value. Use of estimates The preparation of financial statements in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reported period. On an ongoing basis, management reviews its estimates, and, as adjustments become necessary, they are reported in earnings in the period in which they become known.

“Without parks and recreation services, 98% of Ontario residents agreed that communities would be affected – by reduced quality of life, emotional wellbeing, community cohesiveness and reduced opportunities for physical activity, entertainment and fun – particularly for children.” Use of Benefits of Local Government Recreation and Parks Service: An Ontario Perspective 12

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2014 4,786

2015 210

Community Commitment

Volunteers Gail Akins, Linda Albright, Terry Alyman, Mary-Lou Ambrose-Little, Rob Armstrong, Ashley Arruda, John Atkinson, Hallie Atter, Amanda Bedwell, Scott Bisson, Jim Boduch, Gail Botten, Jim Bradley, Barry Braun, Linda Breen, Michelle Brownrigg, Eric Burton, Tammie Caldwell, Ryan Cane, Siu Mee Cheng, Tim Cormick, Robert Coughlin, Jennifer Cowie Bonne, Jason Cranny, Dan Crowder, Michelle Cundari, Duane Dahl, Howie Dayton, Nina de Vaal, Mark DeBruyn, Carol Dodge, Sharon Doherty, Anna Drummond, Darcy Drummond, Marianne Fallis, Minnie Fisher, Chris Foster, John Frittenburg, Bill Galbraith, Amy Gangl, Tony Garagaro, Chris Gillis, Gail Glatt, Michelle Gold, Jessica Gregoire, Michael Hall, Dr. Wayne Hammond, Nadine Harrison, Carly Haydt, Maggie Henderson, Dr. Colin Higgs, Janet Hilts, Marek Holke, Jennifer Holmes-Weier, Vianne Horne, Lorne Huggins, Violetta Ilkiw, Steve Indig, Terri Ann Irwin, Darlene Joslin, Rob Jussup, Heather Kazan, Nishad Khanna, Susan Kitchen, Krista Klager, Colleen Koza, Sheri Krauss, Dr. Stan Kutcher, Lavinia Lamenza, Brenda Lance, Jill Lasky, Karyn Lau, Dr. Ellen Lipman, John Lohuis, Lynn Loubert, Colleen MacDonald, Sharif Mabdy, Drew Maginn, Chris Markham, Tricia May, Stoney McCart, Julie McColvin, Lisa McNee-Baker, Dion Metcalfe, Debbie Miller, Scott Mitchell, Adam Mobbs, Sherri Moroso, Sandra Morris, Yvette Munro, Jodi Murray, Marilou Murray, Mike Myatt, Colleen Neil, Brent Page, Renee-Anne Paquette, Donna Perrault, Michelle Philp, Katie Radchuck, Lisa Riddle, Paul Robinson, Nancy Rooyakkers, Greg Rusk, Mirga Saltmiras, Greg Sanderson, Russell Scott, Cindy Scythes, Deanna Searle, Jillian Sewell, Mansa Silver, Denise Silverstone, Kathy Simpson, Gus Siountres, Lee-Ann Skirving, Bill Slute, Debbie Smith, Nora Spinks, Marianne Staempfli, Ryan Stanga, Ellen Stewart, Ray Stukas, Anna Sturino, Doug Sweet, Joy Thompson, Sally Thomson, Holly Trimnell, Claire Tucker-Reid, Judy Vanderveer, Tina Wadham, Marnie Warman, Brenda Whitehead, Diane Wiber, Andy Wickens, Jessica Wolfe, Matt Wood, Samantha Yamada.

Corporate Partners ABC Recreation Ltd., Advantage Sport Inc., Aquam Aquatic Specialist Inc., At the Lake Distributing Inc., CAAWS, Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc., Canadian Locker, Canadian Ramp Company, Canadian Red Cross - Ontario Zone, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Cannon Design Architecture Inc., CEI/MMC Architecture, Centaur Products Inc., CIMCO, City of Brampton, Crozier Enterprises, David A. Clark Consulting Inc., DB Perks & Associates, Dectron c/o Kilmer Environmental, Doapark Canada Inc., eLearnology Inc., Environics Analytics, F.J. Galloway, FieldTurf, Flaghouse, Flexible Solutions & Enersol Solar Products, Forum Athletic Products Inc., G & A Corporate Events, G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd., Green Gym, Haber Blain Insurance Brokers, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd., Hutcheson Sand & Mixes, Innova Disc Golf, J Smarts, Jack Watson Sports Inc., Jambette Playground Equipment, The JF Group, Kan-Go-Roo Playgrounds Ltd., KidSport Ontario, Laurentian Gymnastics Industries Ltd., Les Sols Sportica Inc., Lettuce Make Thyme Inc., Lifesaving Society, Lifestyle Information Network, M4ideas, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, Motion Specialties, Musco Sports Lighting Canada, National Fitness Products of Canada, National Fruit Canada Inc., Nemato, New Line Skateparks, OES Scoreboards Inc., Ontario Tire Stewardship, Open Air Products, Ophea, Osteoporosis Canada, Paris Equipment Manufacturing Ltd., Paul S. Leskew & Associates, PBK Architects Inc., Perkins + Will Canada, PlayPower Lt Canada Inc., R.K. & Associates, Recreation Playsystems, Schoolhouse Products Inc., SDR Seating Inc., Simplistic Lines Inc., SP&S Commercial Swimming Pool & Spa Management, Splashables Inc., Sport Alliance Ontario, Sport Court, Sport Systems Canada Inc., Sportability International, Sports Montreal (Karibou’s World in Action), Sprung Instant Structures, Steps Count, Taylors Recycled Plastic Products Inc., Team Aquatic Supplies, The Aussie X, The Toronto Star, Town of Ajax, Town of Oakville, Volunteer2, Water Polo Canada, Watermaid Canada Inc., Wenger Corporation, Westpoint Sports Flooring & Equipment. P ar ks a nd R ec rea t i o n Ont a ri o 201 1 Annu al Re port


2011 PRO Award Recipients

Strategic Partners

President’s Award of Distinction Dr. Kellie Leitch Ontario Lung Association – Youth Advocate Training Institute Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – Teen Health Centre

4-H Ontario Arts Network for Children and Youth Association of Municipalities of Ontario Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada – Central Region Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Canadian Red Cross – Ontario Zone Canadian Tire Jumpstart Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement First Work Gymnastics Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation Imagine Canada KidSport Ontario Laidlaw Foundation Leisure Information Network Lifesaving Society Northeastern Ontario Recreation Association Ontario College and University Coordinators Ontario Lung Association Ontario Nature Ontario Public Health Association Ontario Parks Association Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health Ontario Trails Council Ophea Provincial/Territorial Recreation and Parks Associations across Canada Regional Recreation and Parks Networks/Associations Royal Botanical Gardens Sport Alliance Ontario YMCA Ontario

Awards of Excellence Excellence in Design Award Newberry Park Wetland, Town of Richmond Hill Town of Pelham Playground Replacement Project Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, Town of Oakville Innovation Award Brampton Clean City’s Green Education Program Brampton Northwest Connects Emerging Leader Award Stacey Ellins, County of Brant HIGH FIVE® Champion Award Maggie Henderson, County of Brant Bob Secord Student Leadership Award Shane Gumbs, Centennial College

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT PARTNERS Ministry of Children and Youth Services Ministry of Education Ministry of Finance Ministry of Health Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Ministry of Transportation Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat


P arks and Re cre ation Ontario 2011 Annu al Re port

2011 PRO Board of Directors Liz Weaver, President Derek Edwards, Treasurer Jennifer Reynolds, President Elect Directors Rob Armstrong Hallie Atter Sue Bartleman Michael Cleland Sheri Krauss Marta Proctor Donna-Lynn Rosa Susan E. Vail Jan Wilson

PRO Staff Larry Ketcheson, Chief Executive Officer LJ Bartle, Manager, HIGH FIVE® National Camelia Bostan, Administrator, HIGH FIVE® National Diane English, Communications and Public Policy Stan Fleet, Program and Office Administrator Carol Harding, Financial Manager Mike Hood, Membership Administrator Susan Huang, Financial Bookkeeper Fotini Iriotakis, Coordinator, Membership and Special Initiatives Simone McArthur, Events and Marketing, HIGH FIVE® National Nancy Messham, Sponsorship Development Jennifer Pelletier, Program Assistant Denise Ponte, Program Assistant, HIGH FIVE® Emina Secerbegovic, National Liaison, HIGH FIVE® National Brian Scott, Coordinator, HIGH FIVE® Ontario Jessica Tonkin, Program Assistant, HIGH FIVE® Marion Price, Manager Tia Wintre, Coordinator, HIGH FIVE® Ontario

Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) was formed in 1995 as a result of the consolidation of former member organizations of the Parks and Recreation Federation of Ontario. PRO now represents more than 2,000 members including professionals, volunteers, educators, students, interested citizens, elected official and commercial representatives. Through its membership and strategic partnerships, PRO reaches over 15,000 people with an interest in the value and benefits of recreation and parks in Canada. An Impressive History of Leadership Presidents – Parks and Recreation Ontario Liz Weaver 2010 – 2012 Don May 2009 – 2010 Aaron Burry 2008 – 2009 Frank Prospero 2007 – 2008 Nina de Vaal 2006 – 2007 Karen Makela 2005 – 2006 Howie Dayton 2004 – 2005 Sharon May 2003 – 2004 Terry Alyman 2002 – 2003 Perry Smith 2001 – 2002 Stuart Taylor 2000 – 2001 Janie Romoff 1998 – 2000 Marion Price 1997 – 1998 Darlene W. Joslin 1996 – 1997 Michael H. Hall 1995 – 1996 P ar ks a nd R ec rea t i o n Ont a ri o 201 1 Annu al Re port

Chairs – Parks and Recreation Federation of Ontario Thomas A. Hodge 1994 – 1995 Marlene J. Mitchell 1993 – 1994 Patricia A. O’Connell 1992 – 1993 James E. Olmstead 1991 – 1992 M. Gail Andrews 1990 – 1991 John A. MacIntyre 1988 – 1990 Ross L. Fair 1987 – 1988 Marc J. Neeb 1986 – 1987 R. Douglas Ferguson 1984 – 1986 Donald M. Gordon 1983 – 1984 M. Dean McCubbin 1982 – 1983 Robert Arnot 1980 – 1982


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Community Engagement

Benefits of Parks and Recreation Services

Repositioning Parks and Recreation

Policy Development

Quality Assurance

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2011 Annual Report