Recreation Opportunities for Kids (ROK) Central continued to find ways to keep kids busy during 2021.

Executive Director Vienna Muise says her first full-year at the helm of ROK Central was a positive one, but a difficult one.

"2021 has been a challenge, but it's been great in that we've really been able to look at things in a new, creative way," says Muise. "We've been able to do some out-of-the-box thinking because ultimately, no matter what challenges come up, it's about the kids. It's about the families."

Muise stepped into the role of executive director back in September of 2020. This year, they hired Katt Rossiter as a family program coordinator, who made some great connections with families in the community. Muise says this helps ensure the families can communicate exactly what they need.

"We do recreation and recreation is a multitude of things from arts, sports, literacy, but it's also culture," says Muise. "It was also a great year because we were able to participate in the National Truth and Reconciliation Day. We were able to partner with Portage la Prairie Bear Clan and put on the fall equinox supper so that was really nice."

She says ROK Central has been focused on tying reconciliation with recreation together. At their Sobeys Summer Camp, they created activities, crafts and games based on the Seven Grandfather Teachings, which was well-received by the kids. They continued with their regular programming as well, which includes their hamper program, food security, and more. They are working with Community Food Matters, the Family Resource Centre, and other groups, to ensure they are not duplicating services.

ROK continues to look for volunteers and they hope you'll consider coming on board in 2022 and helping them out!