Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer was recently asked to moderate a session at the 2014 Annual Saskatchewan Urban Municipality Association’s (SUMA) convention to be held in Regina.
“I have attended many SUMA conventions over the years and was pleased to have been asked by the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association to participate this year as a moderator. I will have an opportunity to lead discussions with panel members from rural and urban municipalities in Alberta and Saskatchewan on how regional recreation collaboration needs to be discussed by municipalities in order to continue to meet the increasing demands for recreation programming and opportunities,” Schafer said.
The presenters will outline and discuss some of the best practices and strategies that have taken place within Saskatchewan and beyond which should be very valuable to all who attend.
“Obviously we attempted a strategy here that wasn’t successful or well received and that’s a good lesson learned not only for our region, but for many who are struggling with funding recreation into the future. However, we can’t ignore the inevitable that in order to offer residents of regions that include both rural and urban governments a high quality of life, we need to identify new strategies for funding recreation in partnership so that it remains affordable and accessible.” said Schafer.
The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is the provincial voice of urban municipal governments representing cities, towns and villages. Topics that will be discussed at the February 2014 convention range from regional planning and development to legislative items to government relations.
One of the highlights of the convention, scheduled for Feb. 2 to 5, 2014, is the Premiers address.