Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Recreation wins HIGH FIVE award

City of St. John's recreation staff accepting the HIGH FIVE leadership award

On Saturday, May 28 the City of St. John's received the provinces first HIGH FIVE® Leadership Award, presented by Recreation NL during their 45th annual general meeting. The award is given in recognition of a HIGH FIVE Registered Organization that has supported and inspired the implementation of HIGH FIVE.

HIGH FIVE® is Canada's quality standard for children's recreation and sport, and gives organizations an approach to enhance program quality and provide positive experiences for children.

Since 2004 the City of St. John’s has upheld the HIGH FIVE quality standard for children’s recreation and sport. The Recreation Division has fully embraced the HIGH FIVE framework and standards, and all staff engaged in programming for children and youth are trained in the principles for healthy child development. The City has seven certified trainers, as well as the province’s Master Trainer, on staff.

For over a decade the City of St. John’s recreation programs and services have been evaluated using QUEST, a quality assurance tool designed for the management of leisure facilities and programs. All aspects of the programs, including interactions, equipment and safety, are evaluated. In the summer of 2015 more than 90 per cent of the City’s offered recreation programming received an ‘excellence’ rating.

This well-deserved HIGH FIVE Leadership award was presented by Derek Bennett, MHA for the District of Lewisporte - Twillingate and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development, and was accepted by City staff (pictured left to right):

  • Natalie Godden, Manager, Family & Leisure Services
  • Annette Oldford, Supervisor, Family & Leisure Services – HIGH FIVE Master Trainer
  • Tanya Haywood, Deputy City Manager Community Services