Celebrating National Child Day

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Recreation NL is pleased to celebrate National Child Day. On this day we recognize the many recreation organizations across the province that provide programs and services for the children in the community, especially the HIGH FIVE organizations.

All children deserve to have sport and recreation experiences that support their healthy development both physically and mentally. In these programs and activities, children are learning about self – expression, cooperation, and healthy competition. This helps to shape the child’s self esteem, sense of self worth and belonging, and forms the foundations for them to develop into strong, contributing members of society

“Using HIGH FIVE has helped organizations improve their programs and services, as well as showcase their commitment to children, by setting in place standards and procedures to assure parents that their children will have quality experiences in sport and recreation.” Tina Auchinleck-Ryan – President, Recreation NL

Recreation NL is the Provincial Authorized Provider of HIGH FIVE. Since 2005, 5,900 leaders in NL have taken a HIGH FIVE Training Certification. HIGH FIVE is Canada’s quality standard for children’s recreation and sport. It assures safety, well being, and healthy development of children in all recreation sport programs.

Newfoundland and Labradors 2017 HIGH FIVE Registered Organizations:


  • Bay Bulls Bauline Athletic Association
  • Boys and Girls Club of St. John’s
  • Canadian Focus Base Gander
  • Canadian Focus Base Goose Bay
  • Canadian Focus Base St. John’s
  • City of Mount Pearl
  • City of St. John’s
  • Goulds Recreation Association
  • Nain Inuit Community Government
  • Town of Channel-Port aux Basques
  • Town of Conception Bay South
  • Town of Paradise
  • Town of Portugal Cove – St. Philips
  • Town of Torbay

Academic Institute

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland – School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

Umbrella Organization

  • School Sports NL


National Child Day

National Child Day marks the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention the Rights of the Child in 1989. The Convention spells out the basic human rights to which all children under the age of 18 are entitled.

In 1993, the Government of Canada enacted legislation to designate November 20th of each year as a national day of the child in order to promote an awareness of the Convention in Canada and to encourage child-related organizations to raise awareness of child rights.

To learn more: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/childhood-adolescence/national-child-day.html