CAROLINE SPARKS lives in the Yukon where, after almost 30 years, she continues to work with Northern and First Nations communities, all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and community groups representing diverse sectors across the North.

Caroline’s experience and education in community development (MACD), recreation and healthy lifestyles (BA), evaluation, adult education, and sport development contributes to the work she enjoys; planning, development, community engagement and evaluation of a variety of projects related recreation and the promotion of active, healthy lifestyles.

Caroline understands the importance of working with community to ensure projects are relevant and meaningful, reflect local culture and values, and build community capacity and self-sufficiency for quality of life and well-being.

In 2015, Caroline received an Award of Merit from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of parks and recreation regionally and nationally.

Caroline’s project for her Master of Arts in Community Development (2016) developed a toolkit for community recreation planning and explored current practices of recreation planning in rural and remote communities.

Since 2016, Caroline has been instrumental in developing and piloting the Recreation North Training Program. She wrote the application that led the team winning the prestigious 2015 Arctic Inspiration Prize, managed the pilot, and is now responsible for curriculum development and training delivery.