Advance the Recreation Profession through networking, education and advocacy.
S.A.R.P. is the hub for the Recreation Professional.
Who is S.A.R.P. and what does it do?
The Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals (S.A.R.P.) is a member organization committed to the recreation profession by representing and supporting current and future recreation professionals.
The Association offers professional development opportunities for its members and advocates on issues related to the profession. In addition, S.A.R.P. is working towards the creation and adoption of professional standards to ensure its members are capable of providing high quality services in Saskatchewan. This work is strengthened with the collaboration of S.A.R.P.’s stakeholders and partners.
History of S.A.R.P.
The Saskatchewan Recreation Society was founded in 1970 with 17 charter members. Originally SRS was formed as a branch of the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association as a development of a pattern established by the Recreation Institute of Canada., the national professional body at that time. In 1973, SRS achieved autonomy but maintains close working association with SPRA, its parent organization.
In 1995, SRS went through a massive re-organization that further defined its mandate. The culmination of this effort was a name change to the Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals in 1997.
Did you know?
S.A.R.P. has over 200 members working in the fields of:
- Community Recreation
- Health & Wellness
- Parks & Outdoor Recreation
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Arts, Culture &Heritage
S.A.R.P. Strategic Services
Professional Development & Education
The Association will create opportunities for its members to continue their professional education, thereby, maintaining and improving their professional skills.
The Association will advocate on behalf of its members to raise the awareness of the profession and the value of having a recreation professional supporting a community.
Development of Standards
The creation and adoption of professional standards (designation) ensures our members are capable of providing high quality recreation services in Saskatchewan.
A number of events are organized and hosted by S.A.R.P. that allow members to network and gain knowledge about the latest trends and issues in the recreation field. For upcoming events please check the News section on the homepage.
The mentor program provides an opportunity for students to network, exchange ideas and gain knowledge from a professional specializing in their area of interest. More information about this program will be coming soon.