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2017-2021 NWSRA Strategic Plan

The 2017-2021 NWSRA Comprehensive Strategic Plan is complete! We truly appreciate the time, commitment and insight of our stakeholders toward directing our strategic planning efforts to meet the needs of the communities we serve!

Click here to view the completed 2017-2021 NWSRA Comprehensive Strategic Plan. 

Click here to view the 2017-2021 Needs Assessment

In 2016, a variety of NWSRA Staff, Board Members and general stakeholders worked collaboratively to develop a five-year plan for the Association.  This plan set the Mission, Vision, Core Values and Pillars of the Association and from there, Focuses and Goals were developed.  Annually, staff will determine Action Items to meet each identified Goal. The commitment to long-range planning is a priority of the NWSRA Board and Administrative team, as it enables stakeholders to share a common vision while implementing necessary change.

NWSRA 2017-2021 Strategic Plan
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  1. Strategic Plan Process: A collaborative effort between customers, staff and Board Members to identify strategic direction of the agency for the next five years.

  2. Mission: Defines the fundamental purpose of NWSRA, describing why it exists.

  3. Vision: Defines the desired or intended future state of NWSRA in terms of its fundamental objective and/or strategic direction.

  4. Values: Beliefs that are shared among the stakeholders of an organization. Values drive an organization's culture and priorities.

  5. Pillars: Guiding principles that lay the foundation for aligning the organization’s Mission with its Vision.

  6. Focuses: Areas identified within each Pillar that are in need of improvement

  7. Goals: Broad endpoints with the goal of realization at the end of the 5-year Strategic Plan Process

  8. Action Items: Annual goals identified and prioritized for each year of the 5-year Strategic Plan Process

Strategic Planning Process

NWSRA is proud to utilize the talents of top professionals in the field of Parks and Recreation to facilitate the creation of the 2017-2021 NWSRA Strategic Plan. Thank you to our facilitators:

  • Ginny Bateman, Director of Recreation and Marketing at Oswegoland Park District

  • Amy Charlesworth, Executive Director of the Rolling Meadows Park District, Past Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Chairman

  • Jan Hincapie, Director of Ministries, Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Past Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Chairman

  • Mike Clark, Executive Director of the Palatine Park District, Past Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Chairman


If you have any questions regarding the NWSRA Strategic Planning process, please contact Brian Selders at 847-392-2848, ext. 264 or e-mail  Thank you for your interest toward promoting outstanding recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities!

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