CASE STUDY | From Idea to Impact – SPARKing Imagination

SPARKS 2024 participants walking and learning about the land around Wanuskewin.

How can nonprofits innovate in the face of major societal challenges? How can we inspire and foster deep community connections and community engagement in a world that is becoming more and more disconnected in so many ways? 

The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted nonprofit organizations and collaborations. Before the pandemic, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) hosted annual in-person conferences across the province, a common practice for many associations.  

In this Idea to Impact Case Story written by Chantel Doerksen and Liz Weaver, discover how SPRA reimagined their annual event, resulting in over 60% of attendees feeling assisted in building and strengthening connections with peers. 



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SPARKS 2024 participants walking and learning about the land around Wanuskewin.
CASE STUDY | From Idea to Impact – SPARKing Imagination
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