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New recreation supervisor hopes to mentor youth, add programs

2014-01-31T00:00:00Z New recreation supervisor hopes to mentor youth, add programsKimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
January 31, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Candice Phelan, of Chicago, is the new recreation supervisor at the Calumet Memorial Park District in Calumet City.

Phelan, 28, worked for four years in the Chicago Park District before coming to Calumet Memorial Park District in January.

“The mission of Calumet Memorial is to provide a wide variety of year-round recreation programs, facilities, parks, open space, and natural areas that respond to the articulated needs and desires of residents,” Phelan said.

“My duties are to develop, plan, organize, implement, and evaluate a variety of community, as well as recreation, programs, including special events.”

Phelan, who holds a bachelor degree from Chicago State University, recently added a Mom and Tot Ballet program to Calumet Memorial’s programming in addition to reintroducing a mentoring program for teens.

“Being that I grew up in the parks, I want the children, as well as adults, to have the same feeling I had with programming such as dance, sports, and mentoring to guide me,” she said.

The mother of a young daughter, Isis, Phelan attends Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and is a member of the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and the South Suburban Parks and Recreation Association.

She enjoys working with students at Chicago State University under the guidance of her own mentor, Dr. June Shingles, and is a member of the Physical Education and Recreation Club at the university.

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