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The Engine to Excel

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By Ian Storey, P. Eng., President, I.B. Storey Inc.
pring is in the air and
as the leaves come out
on the trees another
"ice season" is coming
to an end. For many ice
facilities, this change is
undetectable except for a
modest calm before the start of summer
ice; other organizations are swamped
with winter clean up and outdoor recreation start-up. Recreation continues to
be one of only a few seasonally dynamic
careers. And make no mistake about it;
it's more than a job. It's a career requiring
continuous education and upgrading as
evolving techniques, best practices and
regulations mean that the role of a recreation professional is never boring. Maybe
now is a good moment to stop and notice
how important the role of a recreational
professional is to our society. Take notice
of the forest, not just the trees.
Our society is more connected than
ever before. We can communicate and
share ideas with each other across
vast distances in the blink of an eye.
Apparently, we are even losing the ability
to have conversations with each other,
at least without involving technology,
based on the rise in conversational training in the educational market place. Like
most things in life, there are negatives

and positives to all of this communication ability. The positives include what is
happening in sports globally. In January,
I was invited to attend the Declaration of
Principles Summit in Tampa Bay, Florida.
This event was being held in advance
of the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend. If
you haven't heard of the Declaration of
Principles, I encourage you to look them
up (#ThisIsHockey). The Declarations of
Principles presents what the organized
hockey community has defined as their
belief system. Researchers overwhelmingly agree that the values and morals
taught as part of sport translate to success in participants' lives.
Pat LaFontaine's resume as a member of both the NHL Hall of Fame and
the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history
along with being the NHL's VP Hockey
Development is, to understate the situation, impressive. Pat has been a driving
force behind the development and launch
of the Declaration of Principles initiative.
I worked with Pat on a specialized rink
project prior to the development of the
declaration and during that period we
had some sidebar discussions on doing
"more" with sport. We talked about the
current disengagement of many youth
at a young age as they are told, "You
aren't going to make it to the NHL." And

certainly the vast majority of players do
not play in the NHL but should that be the
main reason to play? Pat described how
when he was approached to turn pro, he
was older and, in his words, "ready for
it." Today, the age of approach is getting
younger and younger and is having a
negative impact on the next generation
in hockey or any sport. This discussion
a few years ago ended on the note that
there was a clear potential to do "more"
with sport. Take a moment to look up
and read these principles. It's clear they
define a set of values and beliefs beneficial for all involved.
So while the Declaration of Principles
may have been authored by a group
known for hockey, the content and concepts presented are very applicable to all
recreation. Talking with Pat after the pre
All-Star summit, the conversation naturally revisited the project from a couple
of years ago but quickly our attention
turned to recreation facilities' needs of
the future. It's Pat's belief (and mine) that
this concept of sports as a vehicle is in
its early days and will really grow as a
movement going forward. That quickly
took our conversation into the sustainability of our recreation facilities. Sports
as a vehicle without recreation facilities
would be like removing the engine from
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Spring 2018

Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Addressing Violence & Harassment in Recreational Facilities
Combatting Workplace Violence & Harassment: Four Tips for Employers
With Irrigation: Green = Safer
AODA for the Facility Manager
Truth, Reconciliation, Cemeteries
ORFA Professional Designations
Aquatics and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Energy Champion – The Engine to Excel
ORFA Awards & Recognition
Emergency Evacuations
Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Member Profile – Terry Vachon, General Manager Parks, Culture and Recreation, Clearview Township
Annual Professional Development & EXPO
FACTS: Arena Figure Skating Accident Claim Study
A Post Mortem of a Community’s Declared Recreation Facilities Emergency
Bump Testing Ammonia Sensors
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Intro
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover1
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover2
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 3
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 4
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 5
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 6
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Addressing Violence & Harassment in Recreational Facilities
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 9
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 10
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Combatting Workplace Violence & Harassment: Four Tips for Employers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 12
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - With Irrigation: Green = Safer
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 14
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 15
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - AODA for the Facility Manager
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 17
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Truth, Reconciliation, Cemeteries
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 19
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 21
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 22
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Aquatics and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 24
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Energy Champion – The Engine to Excel
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 26
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 27
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - ORFA Awards & Recognition
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Emergency Evacuations
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 31
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 32
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Member Profile – Terry Vachon, General Manager Parks, Culture and Recreation, Clearview Township
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 34
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 35
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Annual Professional Development & EXPO
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - FACTS: Arena Figure Skating Accident Claim Study
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - A Post Mortem of a Community’s Declared Recreation Facilities Emergency
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 39
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 40
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 41
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 42
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Bump Testing Ammonia Sensors
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 44
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 45
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover3
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover4
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - outsert1
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - outsert2
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - outsert3
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