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Park Encampments: Outreach & Response - One Day Workshop

Instructed by: 


Esther Afriat, Parks Encampment Lead

City of Toronto

Grant Drygas, PF&R Encampment Lead

City of Toronto

Our new One Day In-Person Workshop!


OPA is happy to announce that, in partnership with the City of Toronto, we are able to introduce our Parks Encampments: Outreach & Response One Day Workshop to our members.

This One Day workshop provides attendees with information on best practices for interacting with and handling encampments in our public parks, and the many nuances that comes with navigating this topic. This course will be structured as a combination of seminar presentation and open discussion. We look forward to opening up a conversation with attendees on this sensitive and highly relevant topic, and discussing solutions to your municipality’s concerns.

Our Instructors: 

Esther Afriat has been working for the City of Toronto for 23 year with the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. She has a diploma in Recreation and Leisure Service from Centennial College and the PRO Parks and Recreation Management Certificate from the Executive Education Centre at Schulich. 

Esther has worked with Parks and Recreation in various capacities, including supervisor of issues management, recreation supervisor, policy offer and parks general supervisor.  Esther became involved in the encampment file in early Covid and has proven herself as a problem solver and leader.  She is compassionate and innovative in her approach and firm in her resolve to make a difference. 

Grant Drygas as over 25 years experience working in parks, snow removal and landscaping field. Grant has over 25 years' experience in private landscaping and snow removal businesses and working for local governments including the City of Brampton and the City of Toronto.   He has more than 14 years experience at the City in Solid Waste and Parks.  He has been with PF&R for 10 years and was seconded to the Encampment team after a "trial by fire".  He leads PF&R Encampment Unit – a unique unit at the City that is empowered by Grant’s attitude to go over and above as it relates to encampment cleaning.  Grant's work and dedication has been a crucial part of the City of Toronto's encampment story, and it’s successes are a direct result of his leadership.


    Want to host this session? 

    For this session we require a classroom that can accommodate 40 people, has a projector & screen, a white board with means of writing tools, and an extension cord/power bar available for use. 

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    For more information, please send an email, referencing the course title, to training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

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