The PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATION of RESORT COMMUNITIES of SASKATCHEWAN (PARCS) began as a working group who recognized the need for a collective voice for issues relating specifically to Saskatchewan cottage communities. In 1986 we gained our official status and our current name. PARCS has hosted an annual general meeting every year since 1987 (two of them virtual) and recently hosted their 2022 convention virtually.
PARCS TAKES THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE 65+ PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED OUR FIRST FACE-TO-FACE CONVENTION SINCE BEFORE COVID, HELD IN THE HILTON GARDEN INN IN SASKATOON ON FRIDAY, OCT. 13 & SAT., OCT. 14. HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONVENTION:
FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS
- For RMs and OHs: Parcs was pleased to welcome Andrea Ulrich, Saskatchewan's Director of Legislation and Regulations, who explained the many new regulations that will govern HOW RMs and OHs WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK TOGETHER going forward after the new legislation.
- For Resort Villages: PARCS President, Garry Dixon described at least five major issues that can lead to the dissolution of a resort village (along with other examples of possible problem areas).
- On behalf of every cottage community that wants to keep their lake waters free from a zebra mussel infestation, PARCS welcomed our province's Coordinator of Aquatic Invasive Species, Jeri Geiger via Zoom. Jeri was deservedly proud that she and her team of summer workers have been able to keep our province clear of these highly destructive lakeshore invaders.
SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS
- We were very proud to have Dr. Peter Leavitt from the University of Regina, who has become well known for his environmental position and for his advice about how to protect our lake waters. Dr. Leavitt's entire presentation is found later in this document.
- To download a copy of Dr. Leavitt's presentation, click: Water Quality in Saskatchewan Lakes: Current Status and Future Challenges
- We were equally proud of our panel of local environmentalists including Chuck Deschamps from Ducks Unlimited and Aura Lee MacPherson, chair of the Calling Lakes Ecomuseum, who offered their insights about what is needed to maintain healthy recreational lakes, including the cleansing role played by our wetlands such as sloughs and creeks.
- Saturday afternoon included regional meetings followed by PARCS 2023 Annual Meeting reports and elections. (See the new slate of PARCS' Board of Directors elected for the 2024 year).