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A Welcome Message from the MN SWAP President....

The desire to form a state organization initially began during the summer of 1983 with the efforts of many interested activity leaders in the state of Minnesota. In the 30 years of existence, MN SWAP has grown to over 800 members. The annual fall conference draws over 400 activity professionals from around the state and is considered one of the top conferences in the nation for quality education and attendance.

The MN SWAP board is comprised of elected officers, committee chairpersons, conference co-chairs, and seven regional representatives from across the state.  Click on the “Regions” tab to the left and then click on your region on the map to access your region’s educational opportunities, meeting times and contact person.

Using the tabs on the left, you will find information related to activity and recreation professionals.  All those interested in quality of life issues for seniors are welcome to become a member by clicking on the membership tab and download the membership application.  If you have questions or comments related to MN SWAP, please feel free to contact me. 

Cheryl Dinsmore
MN SWAP President

Minnesota Statewide Activity Professional's Mission

  • To provide a source of mutual support and sharing of ideas for all persons in the field of activity programming.
  • To promote and offer educational opportunities that specifically address the Activity Professional and the needs of the people they serve.
  • To work with other professional groups, regulatory agencies and provider representatives to insure the delivery of activity services in a coordinated, client oriented atmosphere.

Save the Date..... 2018 MN SWAP Spring Seminar!

April 13, 2018
Holiday Inn, St.Cloud, MN

Click here for Brochure and Registration

Featured Speaker
Nancy Richards

Seminar Schedule
9:00-10:00 Spirit of Peace
10:20-12:15 Activity Salad Bowl
1:15-3:15 Move It

Registration details will be available
on the website after Feb 19th


Having lived a dual life, working as an Activity Professional by day and by night providing home care for family members, she has learned how to navigate the complex landscape of health care and strives to inform families how to make sense of it all. No cookie cutter answers here. Each situation demands and receives individual honor and support. Nancy has been described as “The Activity Director With Heart.” Her supervisors, coworkers, staff, and the elders she’s served agree that she is
kind-hearted, smart and savvy,  enthusiastic,hopeful, energetic, generous, and funny. She is a
passionate , creative person who is deeply committed to helping elders live happier, healthier lives reaching beyond the reactive medical model approach she embraces the WHOLE person model of care.