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are seeing a child you taught on their
first day being so scared that they did
not even want to get in the pool. But by
the end of ten lessons they are putting
their face in the water and trying to do a
float on their own. These are just some
of the examples that make my heart
happy and make me continue to love
what I do.

Another challenge we have is in the
increased demand for pool time. Our
classes are increasing and the swim team
is growing...we just don't have the time
and space that everyone would like. It
could be viewed as a good problem to
have as a facility, but for the people wanting the increased time, unfortunately
it is not.

What would you describe as
some of the most significant
workplace and/or industry
challenges you have faced
over the past five years?

How has your involvement
with the ORFA affected
your career?

Staff has got to be one of our biggest
challenges over the last five years. It is
partially due to the high schools going to
a four-year program, which means we
only get staff for two years, three if we
are lucky as some do the "Victory Lap."
Our other challenge for is getting our
younger participants to keep going up the
ranks to become lifeguards and instructors. It is very costly and time consuming
to do so therefore it is much easier for
them to apply to fast food chains or retail
job opportunities.

The ORFA has provided me with
opportunities to better myself through
their professional development courses.
I have achieved my CAP designation.
I work at our outdoor facility and when
viewing the ORFA website I noticed that
they offered pool maintenance courses.
I was very interested in learning more
on the filtration system and chemistry
of the pool. These programs increased
my knowledge and understanding. I am
now able to troubleshoot myself or by
phone if necessary with our maintenance
staff. The Legal Awareness course is
also something you don't want to miss.

It opened my eyes to many things and
when teaching and doing other things
in my role, it makes me think more
before I go and do it. This really came
into effect for me when I was working
in the Program Supervisor position and
dealing with situations.
The ORFA has a great online resource
tool that I have used as a source of reference when I needed clarification.
The ORFA sends out email communications on job opportunities, courses
being offered at other locations and
news updates which I appreciate. One
of the things I feel is really good is the
formal recognition the ORFA does for
people that achieve their designation.
It's a great way to show appreciation to
their members.

Final Thoughts
I have very much enjoyed being a
member with ORFA. I look forward to
taking more professional development
courses. I encourage anyone that has
not taken a course from ORFA that is
reading this to do so, you will be happy
you did.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Winter 2017

Technically Speaking
Celebrating Canada 150: City of Pickering Youth Forum, Student Mural
Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
ORFA Professional Designations
Non-Traditional Ways to Commemorate
Slip and Fall in a Municipal Pool Change Room
ORFA Regional Training
A Case for Key Safety
Energy Champion – “Dealing with your Inheritance”
Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Social Media in 2017: How to Adapt to the Digital (and Visual) Age
ORFA Social Media Promo
Are Ontario’s Ice Rinks Safe?
Ice Arena Registered Refrigeration Plant Safety Bulletin
Ergonomics in the Recreation Facility Management Environment
Member Profile – Sheree Brame, Supervising Instructor Guard, Norfolk County Community Services
Do You Have “Subjective or Objective Vertigo” from the New MOL Height Regulation?
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Intro
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - cover1
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - cover2
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 3
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 4
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 5
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 6
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 7
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 8
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Technically Speaking
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 10
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 11
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Celebrating Canada 150: City of Pickering Youth Forum, Student Mural
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 13
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 14
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 15
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 17
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Non-Traditional Ways to Commemorate
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 20
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 21
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 22
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Slip and Fall in a Municipal Pool Change Room
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 24
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 25
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Regional Training
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - A Case for Key Safety
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 28
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Energy Champion – “Dealing with your Inheritance”
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 30
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 31
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Social Media in 2017: How to Adapt to the Digital (and Visual) Age
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Social Media Promo
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 35
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Are Ontario’s Ice Rinks Safe?
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 37
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Ice Arena Registered Refrigeration Plant Safety Bulletin
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 39
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Ergonomics in the Recreation Facility Management Environment
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 41
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Member Profile – Sheree Brame, Supervising Instructor Guard, Norfolk County Community Services
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 43
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Do You Have “Subjective or Objective Vertigo” from the New MOL Height Regulation?
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 45
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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