With this year’s theme being “Here to Stay!,” it’s very fitting as we work our way through COVID-19. Who would have ever imagined that we would be attending a virtual convention during a world-wide pandemic? Whether working in a home that has had an outbreak or not, we have all been pushed to our limits. We’ve all cried and laughed many times and had those moments of “What was I thinking getting into health care?!” But in the end, we’re all Recreation Professionals and this is what we do: we go into work with our heads held high and look for those moments – even if they are short – where we can put a smile on someone’s face.
This year, when we decided to run a virtual convention, we, RPO, wanted to give back to our members and say “Thank You” for all your blood, sweat, and tears you put into your work every single day.
The Education sessions we have chosen for this year all center on the pandemic, self care, and recreation professionals. Each of these topics is pivotal to our profession. During the last 6 or 7 months, we all have had to re-examine our priorities and incorporate new practices into our lives. I hope that everyone can take some time to listen to the sessions and learn something new to take back to your workplace.
Take time throughout the day to browse through the convention page. There is a lot to see and do. We want to get feedback on where you – our members – would like to see RPO go, what you think is or isn’t working. We are also looking for board members, so if you think this is something you would like to try, please contact me or find me at Convention. I will be around for the whole day.
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