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These two documents give a look into the early development of Playgrounds Leaders courses: suggestions for the planning of a course in 1949, and the outline for a fully developed course almost twenty years later in 1967.


Playgrounds Leaders Course Letter

Letterhead: Ontario Department of Education, Community Programmes

Sent from: 400 Catherine St., Fort William, Ont, Sept 30, 1949

Addressee: Mr A. Widnall, Recreation Director, City Hall, Fort William, Ont.

Dear Mr. Widnall:

Mr. N.C. Lindsay, who gave the Social Recreation part of the course to Playground Leaders last Spring, is coming to the Lakehead in connection with a Junior Farmers' Conference to be held here October 27 and 28, and could come earlier if we can use his services.

There have been a number of individual requests for the type of training given in Social Recreation Classes last Spring, to be extended for the use of church group leaders and Scout and Guide leaders, and it is felt that this could possibly be done on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the Junior Farmers' Conference.

In order to set up the necessary organization for a course in the Lakehead, and so that each city might have its proper share in the planning of such a course, it is recommended that the same pattern be followed as was the case with the Drama course last Spring, namely that Representatives of the two Recreation Committees get together, and jointly make the local arrangements which in this case would involve only the selection of the place to hold such a course, as well as the selection of the people to be trained.

There is not much doubt that it will be difficult to restrict the numbers in this course, as it would naturally prove a very popular one, and for this reason, the Committee would have to be prepared to encourage existing and active organizations to send their representative for training.

Would you be good enough to take this matter up as soon as possible with either the executive or the whole of your Recreation Committee to determine whether they will agree to putting on this course, and if so contact this office as soon as you have done so? In the meantime I shall tentatively reserve the three dates above mentioned, namely Oct 24, 25, and 26.

Your very truly, E.V. Ross, District Representative. 

Title: Ontario Department of Education, Community Programmes Correspondence Re: First Playground Leaders Course
Date: September 30, 1949
Creator: E.V. Ross, District Representative of the Ontario Department of Education, Community Programmes Division
Description: This letter from E.V. Ross to Mr. A Widnall, the Fort William Recreation Director, shows the demand for the Playground Leaders Course since its beginning in 1948, and highlights the involvement of both cities in planning it.
Series: 121, Fort William Parks & Recreation Files
Location: TBA 4802-23


PG Leaders Course Training Package-1

Playground Leaders Course
June 18-June 23, 1967
Quetico Centre

General Supplies Each Leader Should Bring:
1. Course Fee $35, payable to the Quetico Centre
2. Toilet Articles - soap, towels, toothbrush, etc
3. 3-ring notebook - along with about 30 lined sheets 8 1/2 x 11. (This is important.)
4. Pen or pencil
5. Insect repellent
6. Spending money - there is a tuck shop where you may purchase chocolate bars, soft drinks, etc
7. Musical instrument
8. Flashlight
9. Rubbers and raincoat
10. Informal clothing
11. Pair of running shoes or rubber soled shoes
12. Heavy jacket or sweater for cool weather
13. Bathing suit
14. Field glasses
15. The following Community Programmes Branch, Ontario Departmnet of Education Playground Manuals which may be borrowed from your Recreation Director or Muncipal Recreation Committee:
- Sports and Active Games
- Special Events
- Music & Singing Games
- Quiet Periods
- Arts & Crafts
- Job of Playground Leader

Craft Supplies Each Leader Should Bring:

1. Bottle of Lepage's glue
2. Pencil with an eraser
3. Scissors
4. Sharp knife (paring or jack-knife)
5. Clean cloths (to be used for paint cloths)
6. Empty "Rolled Oats" tubes & boxes of any kind
7. Man's old shirt (to be used as a smock)
8. Coloured craft paper (4 or 5 sheets)
9. One Life Magazine
10. 1/2 pint of shellac
11. One artist's paint brush (any size)
12. One 1/2" painter's brush
13. Crayons
14. Stapler (if one is available to you) 


PG Leaders Course Training Package-2

[Illustration: winking clown holding a sign reading "20th Annual Playground Leaders' Training Course"]

Planning and Sponsorship: The Course is being planned and sponsored by the Community Programs Division, Ontario Department of Education, and the Northwestern Ontario Recreation Directors and the Quetico Conference and Training Centre for the communities of Northwestern Ontario.

Sunday, June 18, 1967 (with registrations commencing not earlier than 4:00 p.m. and terminating at 5:00 p.m.)
Monday, June 19, 1967
Tuesday, June 20, 1967
Wednesday, June 21, 1967
Thursday, June 22, 1967
Friday, June 23, 1967 (ending at 1:30 p.m.)

Place: Quetico Conference and Training Centre

Programme: Workshops on:
Lead up and Active Games
Arts and Crafts
Music, Drama & Storytelling
Special Events
Plenaries on: Role of the Playground Leader and Programme Planning

Who May Attend:
Playground Leaders, camp counsellors and others involved in summer playground programmes.

Accomodation and Registration:
Lodging and meals will be supplied. The fee will be $35.00. This fee is payable to the Quetico Conference and Training Centre at the time of registration between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 18, 1967.

Information regarding the syllabus, resource leaders, what to bring and other details will be sent to persons registering.

Registration Deadline: Please fill out, detach and return the registration form below to the Port Arthur Parks and Recreation Committee, 2nd floor, PUC Building, by Thursday, June 1, 1967. In order to insure efficient planning for a profitable training experience, and so that all pre-course material can be completed by the candidates prior to the course, applications will not be accepted after June 1, 1967. 


PG Leaders Course Training Package-3

Twentieth Annual Playground Leaders' Training Course

Resource Leaders

Mrs Margaret Smith
Arts & Crafts Instructor
Port Arthur, Ontario
(Services sponsored by C.P.D.)

Music, Drama, Storytelling:
Mr. Paul Inksetter - Teacher
Hillcrest High School
Port Arthur, Ontario
(Services sponsored by C.P.D.)

Special Events:
Miss Donna Gilhooly
Programme Supervisor
Fort William, Ontario
(Services sponsored by Fort William Parks and Recreation)

Lead Up and Active Games:
Miss Margaret Matheson - Teacher
Winston Churchill High School
Port Arthur, Ontario
(Services sponsored by C.P.D.)

Role of the Playground Leader:
Mr. Peter krystalowich

Programme Planning:
Playground Leaders' Staff

Course Director:
Mr. Peter Krystalowich
Supervisor of Recreation
Port Arthur, Ontario


PG Leaders Course Training Package-4

Twentieth Annual Playground Leaders' Training Course

Course Delegates

Red Group:
Judy Axelson: Port Arthur
Gaila Haskins: Port Arthur
Janet Aho: Port Arthur
Dorothy Tyance: Gull Bay
Donna Brisson: Dryden
Kary Pringle: Dryden
Roxanne Carrigan: Fort William
Kathy Johnson: Fort William
Jo-Ann Pettit: Fort William
Terry Brunello: Fort William
Barb Parrott: Fort William
Gregg Scott: Fort William Reserve
Henriette Simard: Atikokan
Linda Bailey: Atikokan
Thayna Spence: Ft. Wm. Retarded Children
Margaret Showalter: Kenora
Karen Alcock: Kenora

Green Group:
Janice Metcalfe: Port Arthur
June Skokowski: Port Arthur
Elizabeth Johnson: Port Arthur
Glenn Bannon: Fort William Reserve
Christine Janetti: Dryden
Patricia Michano: Heron Bay
Lois Sutherland: Fort William
Wendy Naroski: Fort William
Jackie Vibert: Fort William
Judy Hrycyk: Fort William
Roberta Lambert: Fort William
Pearl Curtis: Fort William
Christine Halibisky: Fort William
Michele Fitzgerald: Fort William
Karen Venn: Atikokan
Mary Munn: Kenora
Valerie Bergman: Kenora

Blue Group:
Francine Benwick: Port Arthur
Frances Metcalfe: Port Arthur
Freda Husic: Port Arthur
Peter Penagin: Gull Bay
Georgette Malyk: Dryden
Madge Smylie: North Neebing
Vivian Vanier: Fort William
Lynda Lake: Fort William
Cheryl Sandberg: Fort William
Margaret Burns: Fort William
Lynne Ashlee: Fort William
Jim Hyder: Gull Bay
Margaret Graham: Moburg
Mary McKay: Atikokan
Debra Nephin: Atikokan
Sharon Forsythe: Kenora
Lynne McGinnes: Kenora
Linda Tarbet: Fort William

Brown Group:
Janice Hietapakka: Port Arthur
Gayle Touminen: Port Arthur
Patricia Donnelly: Port Arthur
Denise Akewenzi: Heron Bay
Rochelle Solomon: Fort William Reserve
Brenda Sparling: Dryden
Eileen Desmoulin: Heron Bay
Ann Gordon: Fort William
Lesley Douglas: Fort William
Marlene Vick: Fort William
Judy King: Fort William
Rose Smith: Fort William
Dawne Barrett: Fort William
Brenda Harty: North Neebing
Patricia Sutherland: Atikokan
Connie Davidson: Kenora
Louise Swirhun: Kenora


PG Leaders Course Training Package-5

20th Annual Playground Leaders' Course

Monday, June 19th, 1967










Make Beds / Clean Up 


Meet in Conference Hall 



Special Events 

Music & Drama 

Lead Up & Active Games 


Lead Up & Active Games 


Special Events 

Music & Drama 


Clean Up / Dinner / Free Time 


Lead Up & Active Games 


Special Events 

Music & Drama 


Music & Drama 

Lead Up & Active Games 


Special Events 


Free Time / Clean Up 


Dinner / Free Time 




Role of a Playground Leader 


Coffee / Snack / Recreation 


PG Leaders Course Training Package-6

Advanced Playground Leader's Course
June 28th to 29th, 1967


9:00 a.m. - Peter Krystalowich - Supervisor of Recreation: Policies of the Parks & Recreation Department with reference to the Port Arthur Parks & Recreation Programme

10:30 a.m. - Jim Atchison - Port Arthur Police Department: Bicycle Rodeo

12:00 noon - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m - Pat Smith - Athletic Coordinator: Bicycle Rodeo; Kite Tournament (assist); Sports Programme; Tournaments: Volleyball, Basketball, Horseshoes; Track Meet: Importance of Pan American Games 1st time in Canadian History, must start training at the beginning of summer; Baseball: draw up schedule, playoffs; Clinics in sports; Physical fitness programme; Tests in skills; Lead Up Games to Act (5-8 years): Volleyball, baseball, bike or walking.

3:00 - 4:30 pm - Lee Vester - Arts & Crafts Coordinator: Purpose of arts and crafts on the playgrounds, Craft display (fair), Kite tournament, Art exhibit (Fabulous Zoo), Track meet (costumes), Indian Tribe Nite (Costumes) (Casino Park), Variety Show


PG Leaders Course Training Package-7


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Kathleen Heikkinen - Recreation Assistant:
Registration: 1st Day on Playground, purpose, importance
Elections: how, why, when
Presentation to Council: when
Day Camping (Nature Day, Hikes)
3 supys (informal basis) resource people call upon for assistance

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Heli Kopti - Drama & Music Coordinator:
Purpose of drama and music on playgrounds
Variety Show
Indian Nite: Songs, Ceremony
Drama Show
Square Dancing
Folk Dancing

12:00 Noon - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Ted Karp: Artificial Respiration Presentation

Title: Playground Leaders Course, and Advanced Playground Leaders Course
Date: June 1967
Creator: Peter Krystalowich, Course Director
Description: The Playground Leaders Course Package includes a list of supplies each leader was required to bring, the attendance roster, and the schedules for both courses.
Series: 28, Port Arthur Parks & Recreation Files
Location: TBA 4750-32