​​​​​​​​​​​Recreation Opportunities for Kids & The Community Connections Outreach Center Programs

ROK offers programs for all ages. Many of our programs involve free recreation opportunities for children. ROK is located in the Community Connections Outreach Center and now offers resource connection such as a weekly public health nurse visit, parenting programs, and preschool programs. Below is a list of Seasonal Kids Programs, Year-Round Programs and Parenting Programs. 


​​Pals On the Playground:​ 
Fall Session: September 16th - October 9th, 2019      Spring Session: TBD 2020

​This program allowed children and youth of various ages show up to play on the playground with “pals”, or trusted mentors (volunteers), present to prevent bullying and to give the kids a sense of security so they can just be free to have fun (and receive a healthy snack as well). This program encouraged free play on the playground, and a Canadian Tire Jumpstart bag of activities was brought to each session, as well as field hockey sticks and balls. This program saw 1029 attendances by kids and 112 attendances by volunteers. Pals runs for 4 weeks in fall and 4 weeks in spring. 

North End Summer Camp:

Summer Camp runs over summer holidays (July and August) every Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. All kids ages 5-13 from low-income families are welcome to register and attend summer camp for any week(s) they desire. This year Summer Camp involved some organized activities and sports like softball lessons (facilitated by Softball Manitoba); archery (delivered by the Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba); lacrosse (run by Lacrosse Manitoba); computer coding (put on by #Code Mobile), and more. Summer Camp also involved free play with the various equipment on site, such as basketball, floor hockey, soccer, magic and circus equipment, etc. During quiet times (between activities or meals/snacks), there were a number of books available to kids to sit quietly and read. Kids brought their own lunches to Summer Camp, and healthy snacks were provided by ROK twice a day every day, through a grant from the Portage la Prairie Revitalization Corporation (PCRC). This grant also allowed for lunches to be provided to kids who forgot theirs or were not able to bring one from home. This program saw 892 attendances by kids and 43 attendances by volunteers.

​​Summer Play group at CCOC 
Tuesday-Thursday (1:00pm- 3:00pm) July and August 

This summer we ran our first summer activities at the Community Connections Outreach Center. This involved a playgroup for ages 2-13. We saw over 37 different children attend with up to 18 on any given day. Summer Play Group runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1-3pm during July and August. During this time, kids can be found doing things like playing outside, doing lots of crafts, going strawberry picking and going swimming. All activities are free. 

Hockey Skills Program:
Date: TBD

The Hockey Skills Program is a partnership with MASRC (Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council), WinnPro Hockey, and ROK, and was delivered at the BDO Centre for the Community (who generously allowed us to store all program equipment on site). About 40 kids from La Verendrye School and 20 from North Memorial School took part and had the opportunity to learn how to play hockey with this program—an increase of 20 kids compared to the previous year. Students of lower socio-economic status predominantly comprise both of these schools, which is why this program was able to be delivered as part of their Physical Education class credit. Some kids were skating for the first time, and most had never played hockey before—but by the end of the program all kids were able to participate in a scrimmage and none were still using skate aids at all. The improvement in skating and hockey skills from start to finish was phenomenal, and the teachers, volunteers, and kids themselves were so proud of their accomplishments. The program provided the kids with a full set of equipment to use for the duration of the program. This equipment was a combination of community donations, KidSport, and Canadian Tire Jumpstart funding. Some of the Portage Terriers (MJHL team) attended our Hockey Skills sessions to help out on the ice, and the program saw a number of other volunteers come out to help either on the ice or in the change rooms (with tying skates and helping to get suited up). The sessions were led by certified instructor Matt Jones, whom all of the kids admired and looked up to. This program saw 719 attendances by kids and 118 attendances by volunteers. As pointed out in another section of this report, we have obtained a grant from the Darryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund (of the Calgary Foundation) to be able to purchase an ozone sanitizing machine so that we can sanitize equipment in between school groups and seasons. The purchase of the machine has also allowed us to participate as a social enterprise, by allowing others to use the machine at a small fee, of which the proceeds will go toward ROK programming. It also allows us to sanitize and lend out our equipment to other organizations that need it for various youth programs.

I Love to Skate
Date: TBD

I Love to Skate is a Seasonal Program for children aged 4-18 who desire to learn how to skate. This FREE program provides an opportunity for children to be supported in learning how to skate through the help of adult mentors. Funding options are available for skates and helmets. This program runs once a week on Wednesday from 4:45pm-5:45pm at the BDO Centennial Arena starting Wednesday, October 24th to November 28th. For children 4-18.


Roquette After School Program
Every Monday-Thursday (3:30-5:00 pm) Starts: September 16th, 2019

​Sponsored by Roquette, this is a program that offers a healthy snack, crafts, cooking and activities for ages 5-12 every Monday to Thursday after school. This is a great way to make friends, learn new activities, get active, embrace your creativity, and learn how to cook! ​

​Healthy Baby 
Date: TBD 

​This is a program for pregnant women and/or caregivers of children under 12 months of age. Each session includes an information piece about baby, pregnancy and early development, parenting, health and nutrition. Partners and supports are welcome. Healthy Snack Provided.  Free 4 L of milk for pregnant participants to caregivers of babies 6 months of age.

Pre School Buddies
Date: TBD

This is a program focusing on preschool literacy and parent/child learning. Literacy related Crafts, Story Time, Games, Healthy Snack and Parent Tool Time included. For parents and caregivers of 2-4 year olds. Free book to take home each day. Register now by contacting us at 204-239-1645. 

Chop and Chat 

This is an adult healthy cooking program where you can chop veggies and prepare food to take home and wow your family with! A great way to get some veggies chopped while chatting with friends in a relaxed and open atmosphere. All welcome. 


Public Health Nurse 
Every Monday 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm 
​Open to drop in's and appointments. Come with questions, for vaccinations, and any health and wellness concerns regarding you and your family.

CCOC Tuck Shop

The Community Connections Outreach Center will soon be home to a small 'store' housing items such as non-perishable food, hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, shaving cream, deodorant, etc.) light bulbs, toilet paper, diapers, formula, and other basic home items for reduced cost. This store will be open Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm and open to the public. Other items such as bread and lice shampoo will be available for FREE. 

ROC Program
All Year- Contact Janice Cook at 
rec.assistant@rokcentralinc.com for information 

​ROC is a program run through the ROK (Recreation Opportunities for Kids) that provides meaningful recreation opportunities for children of families residing in Central Plains, receiving Employment and Income Assistance. The program allows children to experience the benefits of recreation. Together with the Coordinator, Kenzie Murray, the families in the program will create a plan for each participating child based on the child’s needs and interests. Financial assistance is available to allow children to participate in recreation and sports activities. Referrals can be made through E.I.A, Schools, and other Community Agencies.

& the Community Connections Outreach Center