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Get Happy Summer Day Camp

Iqaluit, June 17, 2024 - Beginning today, the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) will welcome 100 youth and recreation staff from 11 communities and 2 organizations from across Nunavut to Iqaluit this week to participate in youth leader training sessions to deliver RPAN’s “Get Happy Summer Day Camp” in their communities for children aged 5-12 this summer.   

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Get Happy Summer Day Camp program in Nunavut.  Training begins today at 9 a.m., and continues until Thursday (June 20) at the Asqarniit Hotel and Conference Centre, each day until 4:30 p.m., with limited sessions held at the AWG Indoor Sports Field (Tues. and Wed., 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.).

Read the news release.


CPRA Awards

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) awards, including several from Nunavut: Dawn Currie, outgoing RPAN Executive Director; Qumangaapik Arnatsiaq, Recreation Director, Hamlet of Igloolik; and Kimberley Young, Senior Administrative Officer (SAO), Kugluktuk and President, RPAN; along with Recreation North, the tri-territorial training program. Read the press release.

Dawn Currie

Dawn Currie

We're sad to say that today is Dawn Currie's last day as our Executive Director, a position she has held since RPAN's inception in 2012. Over the last 12 years, she has done so much to grow RPAN and the sector in Nunavut. Some of her many accomplishments have included: creating youth leader initiatives for both summer and winter job training and program delivery, creating the annual recreation and sport leader conference and awards programs, being part of the management team that developed the first ever tri-territorial recreation leader certificate program, building partnerships, and representing Nunavut at various national "tables", ensuring youth have opportunities to grow and learn through our sector. Since the creation of these youth initiatives, more than 1,000 youth leaders have participated in training and certification, and more than 20,000 children have participated in quality programs. In 2022, the Nunavut Association of Municipalities recognized Dawn by presenting her with the 2022 NAM Community Builder Award. She will be truly missed! Thankfully, she will still help with some initiatives over the next few months.

Aaron Robinson will be replacing Dawn as our new Executive Director. We know he will do a great job and take RPAN to new heights!

Join us in saying thank you to Dawn for all she helped RPAN accomplish!

Qumangaapik Pairngu Arnatsiaq

Qumangaapik Pairngu Arnatsiaq

Congratulations to Qumangaapik Pairngu Arnatsiaq on being named as one of Future of Good's 2024 Young Impact Leaders! He was recognized in the youth engagement area, and we were proud to nominate him.

Aaron Robinson

RPAN Welcomes New Incoming Executive Director

RPAN is pleased to be able to announce that Aaron Robinson will be joining RPAN and will be taking over the Executive Director role on April 1, 2024. Aaron will work with outgoing ED Dawn Currie who is semi-retiring in a transitional role starting February 5, 2024.

Aaron comes to us from the Ottawa Senators where he spent the last 24 years as the Director of Fan and Community Development. Aaron brings to RPAN significant experience in strategic planning, program delivery and the generating of funding, resources and partnerships.

Aaron will be a great addition to our team as we look to maintain our current programs, services and partnerships as well as grow and extend the support we are able to provide to communities.

Welcome Aaron!


Funding opportunities

There are several funding opportunities that may be of interest:


Jane Arkell

Please join us in sending condolences and remembering Jane Arkell. She was the Executive Director of the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability, and a true champion of inclusion in our sector.


Youth Leaders Unlimited

We're pleased to announce that our initiative "Youth Leaders Unlimited" has received funding in the amount of $150,000 from Nunavut's Department of Health! The funding will support our summer and winter youth initiatives!​


RPAN 2024-2025 Board of Directors

The Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut is pleased to announce the newly appointed Board of Directors who will lead the RPAN vision for the 2024-2025 Fiscal Year.

PRESIDENT - Kimberley Young

VICE-PRESIDENT - Nathan Annanaut


DIRECTOR, BAFFIN - Qumangaapik Arnatsiaq

DIRECTOR, KIVALLIQ - Jolene Kigusiutnar  

DIRECTOR, KITIKMEOT - Mathious Boullianne

DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Johnny Tucktoo


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