The Town of Golden has found their new Manager of Recreation Services. Jordan Petrovics officially began the position Monday Jan. 23.
“I’m very excited about this position and the new opportunity. With my new position I’m keen to work with all the different user groups and continue building great recreation programs that include something for everyone,” said Petrovics.
Petrovics moved to Golden five years ago to take a job at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. And he has been working as Corporate Alliances, Media Relations and Events Manager for the resort.
“I’ve definitely loved my time at the resort,” said Petrovics. “It got to the point where I think it was just time for a change… Lisa left back in July, so I knew the opportunity was coming up and I definitely had my ears pealed.”
Reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer, David Allen, the Manager of Recreation Services oversees the Recreation Services department which provides a variety of recurring and special community events, celebrations, children’s programs, outdoor camps and sports tournaments. Other recreation services include summer and winter public swimming programs, programming for other public recreational facilities, initiatives to promote active transportation and fitness, and support in the development of new parks, playgrounds, and amenities.
“It’s a really nice step for me career wise, to go where I’m starting to manage people a little bit more. And there’s so many parallels, all the projects I’ve worked on at the resort over the years, with this new job,” said Petrovics.
“Parks and recreation, that kind of stuff has always captured my interest, so I’m quite excited to start working on programs that can better the community. I think one of the really fun challenges is going to be able to create and work with the community to build programs that hit all the demographics from seniors groups to early childhood development and everything in between.”
Petrovics grew up in Agassiz, B.C., a small town similar in size to Golden. And with a strong background in marketing and communications, he feels he is well prepared for this new challenge.
“It’s great to be able to hire such a strong local candidate,” said Mayor Christina Benty, “Mr. Petrovics knows many of the community’s recreational user groups, and as an active community volunteer, understands the challenges and opportunities unique to Golden.”
“There’s a lot of passionate people in this community who want to see some neat things happen, so I can help them through the processes to help make those projects come to life,” said Petrovics.
“I’m anticipating to be quite busy, but that’s how I like to operate. I like having lots on the go, and being involved in lots of different things.”