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, on a unique pilot project to discover the best practices for creating a quality daily recess opportunity for students in grades 1 to 8 that will support and enhance overall student well-being and success.
Recess is an untapped gold mine and if given some time and attention, it can help to create a strong school community through play, empower students to practice self-regulation, allow students to improve their social skills, and increase physical literacy levels.
Lynn Campanella - Chief Play Officer, CEO
For the past 16 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 same motto still runs through all we do today, but an additional need has been recognized: we need to allow our children the time to develop better social skills. This is why our focus is on increasing global physical literacy which includes increasing the opportunity children have to practice their intra-personal & inter-personal social skills, as well as their critical and creative thinking.
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 - Social Media Manager & Workshop Facilitator
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!