Recreation Professionals Week Spotlight
All recreation professionals are important to the communities that they serve across Saskatchewan. These professionals in particular, have been selected for the Recreation Professionals Week Spotlight (June 17-23, 2019) for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the recreation profession.
Every day, we will be casting the spotlight on a recreation professional in Saskatchewan and sharing their story.
Kevin Roberts has been Director of Sports and Recreation at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre (JRMCC) for the past seven and a half years. Also a Lac La Ronge Indian Band Member, Kevin’s active participation in his community speaks volumes about his passion for the recreation industry.
One of Kevin’s favourite things about his position as JRMCC Recreation Director is having the opportunity to engage with the community and to be an active voice in the development of the local arena and community hall.
JRMCC has gone through a substantial expansion in recent years. The interior received a massive upgrade resulting in a top-notch work-out facility and walking/jogging area featuring rubberized tracking. In addition, the exterior has seen an expanded entertainment park consisting of a canteen and washroom facilities, 18-hole mini golf course, snookball, beach volleyball, batting cage and ball diamonds.
An outdoor enthusiast who enjoys reading sports biographies can also add his heavy involvement with the local minor hockey community (board member, manager and coach), softball manager and pioneer of the Sask Prairie Selects (a program allowing elite Indigenous youth from across Saskatchewan the opportunity to compete in hockey and softball with experienced, top-level Aboriginal coaches to the program) to his resume. Kevin engages in endless learning, research and professional development as Recreation Director.
“Recreation is vital to my community as it, in its different forms, can provide a solution to social, health and personal issues. For every moment a youth is active and engaged is one less moment they have to experience the negative influences and lifestyles. It allows youth to be exposed to something positive, which in many cases, is not something they might not see or experience every day. Youth in the community can be exposed to drugs, alcohol, lateral violence and crime, to name a few. Some of this is cyclical and a result of historical factors, and I strongly believe recreation is one outlet for them to get away from that in a healthy way.”