Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Announces new Chief Executive Officer

Bill Wells Announced as New CEO of ARPA

Edmonton, AB- The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) is excited to welcome Mr. Bill Wells as their new Chief Executive Officer. Bill is the former Executive Director of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), where his leadership was critical to the school board in anticipating trends and issues that impacted the field, as well as the development and maintenance of many critical relationships with organizations that were key partners within the education community. His focus on communications strategies with media, business, and government with the SSBA will greatly assist ARPA as we continue to improve these critical relationships as well.

Bill also was a member of Regina City Council for over 18 years, elected in six consecutive elections, serving the second longest term in city history. While on council, he served on many council committees and was the chair of several, and was involved in a number of provincial, national and international councils in the area of recreation, arts and culture, transportation, and environment.

"We are thrilled to have Bill join the ARPA team," says Terry Welsh, ARPA President. "His experience and expertise are valuable assets for our organization moving forward, and his perspective from the education field and his experience in the political environment will help to shape a new path forward for the Association. Our organization is at a critical point in its growth and sustainability, with our involvement in developing the outcomes of the National Recreation Summit and our involvement with the Tripartite Group which involves the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and the Ministry of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation to name just a couple of the Association's critical partnerships."

Bill Wells will officially become the CEO on March 1st, replacing Stephen Allan, who has been Acting CEO since ARPA's long-term CEO, Rick Curtis, retired after the ARPA Conference in late October this past year.

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association is a provincial, not-for-profit, charitable organization made up of volunteers committed to building healthy citizens, communities, and environments in Alberta through recreation and parks. Serving Albertans since 1951, ARPA members include municipal and public recreation agencies, educators, corporate, elected members, volunteers, and student members.

For more information on ARPA, please visit http://arpaonline.ca

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