Since 2006, Diane English has worked with Parks and Recreation Ontario in policy and communications. Diane is a graduate of the Maytree Foundation’s Public Policy Training Institute, where she focused on affordable access to recreation. With PRO, she provided policy support for the Ontario Task Group on Affordable Access to Recreation, and contributed to the published Framework on Affordable Access to Recreation. Diane leads a variety of the public policy initiatives for Parks and Recreation Ontario, including infrastructure funding for parks and recreation, research on the public’s perception of the benefits of local recreation and parks and reconnecting children with nature. PRO’s research and policy recommendations on a dedicated infrastructure fund for parks and recreation resulted in the greatest investment in the sector since Canada’s centennial year.
Prior to joining Parks and Recreation Ontario, Diane owned her own arts management company, providing fundraising, general management and accounting services to a wide range of clients including the Elora Festival, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Soundstreams Canada. Diane also worked for CBC Radio as a producer, manager and on-air host.
Diane holds a Master’s Degree in Arts from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia. Diane continues to enjoy a part-time career as a professional singer and she is also a certified fitness instructor.
Positive Experiences Never Get Old
Recreation is playing an increasingly important role in keeping older adults healthy, active and engaged in their communities. Service providers in recreation, sport and other areas are recognizing the need to enhance their programs and services to better meet the needs of this population. The need for responsive, tailored training and program tools that fit the wide variety of service providers for this age cohort is higher than ever.
In this session, participants will learn about a new evidence-based training and tools from HIGH FIVE that support a quality framework and standard for older adult recreation. HIGH FIVE is a national quality standard for children’s programs that reaches more than one million children.
Learn how the HIGH FIVE principles, design guidelines and tools are being validated and adapted for older adult recreation programs and how you can implement them to enhance participant experiences and outcomes in your programs. Be ahead of the curve and experience this next phase of quality assurance.