Playocracy has been a community partner with national school boards, municipalities, public health agencies, children's camps and early years providers for over a dozen years. Our goal has always been to share the joy of movement and encourage social skill development in order to have an appreciation of play through our lifespan.
Currently we are working with the HWCDSB and Hamilton Public Health to discover the best practices for creating a Quality Recess Experience for whole school that will support and enhance overall student well-being and success. This project approaches recess from a comprehensive approach:
- A Recess Team
- Developing a Recess Action Plan
- L.E.A.D. Recess Program
- Surveys to staff and students
Recess is an untapped gold mine and if given time and attention, it can help to create a strong school community through play; empower student voice; allow students to improve their social skills, such as self-regulation; and increase physical literacy levels.
Lynn Campanella - Chief Play Officer, CEO
For the past 18 years, my focus has been to find fun and creative ways to get people - not just children - active. When I started Lettuce Make Thyme (LMT) back in 2001, the motto was:
Non-Competitive + Non-Traditional = All Play
At that time childhood obesity was rearing it's ugly head and we were finally seeing what we were doing not only to ourselves, but to our children by living a life of "convenience" with poor eating habits and too much screen time.
I started LMT by bringing in the Giant Games to North America. These are classic games on a giant scale and they got people moving. The great thing was that people didn't even realize they were being active because they were having FUN!
As life transitioned and change occurred, a new company emerged: Playocracy. The original motto still runs through all we do today, but an additional need has been recognized: we need to allow our children the time to play and from that they develop improved social and emotional skills.
Training and accreditation:
- Physical Literacy, 101, 201, 301, Facilitator Training - all with Dr. Dean Kriellaars
- Run, Jump, Throw
- NCCP: Coaches Physical Literacy Training
- Be Fit for Life: SuperHero Facilitator Training
- High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development
- High Five: Quest 1
- Sport for Life: Physical Literacy instructor Program
- Sport for Life: Quality Physical Literacy Experiences QPLE
- Sport for Life:Physical Literacy for Early Childhood
Dan Chong - Workshop Facilitator & Social Media Manager
Dan is fascinated with how movement can help people of all ages and is useful in all aspects of life. To Dan, a perfect world is one where physical activity is not considered “working out”. Instead, it is perfectly integrated into our daily lives without much second thought. A lifelong Hamiltonian, he went to McMaster University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. In addition to his contributions at Playocracy, Dan works at Hamilton-based nonprofit Bike for Mike, focusing on active transportation in our elementary schools. He believes that the most productive environment is one where we are having fun, challenging ourselves, and collaborating with others.
Growing up, Dan spent most of his leisure time playing road hockey or participating on various sports teams. Today, things aren’t much different. Dan still participates in recreational sports leagues and frequently engages in pickup basketball games with friends. He also enjoys riding his bike, running, and reading lots of books!