Recreation and Leisure Studies 50th Class Reunion

Friday, June 2, 2023 (all day)
Collage of alumni photos

Did you begin your Recreation and Leisure Studies degree in 1973? Your fellow classmates Nancy McCalder and Pam Graham have been busy planning a fantastic reunion for your group. While you may not have all graduated in the same year, those who started together in 1973 have had a lasting bond and we are excited to host you back on campus! 

Your reunion begins with check-in, pick up your name tag and enjoy a coffee and refreshments as you visit with fellow alumni, current and retired Faculty. The day includes a tour of the Faculty, new Physical Activities Complex (PAC) facilities and other highlights on our way to the Grad House for lunch. We have planned a tour of Kitchener-Waterloo for the group as well as a fantastic reception and dinner in the evening.

Schedule of Events

 Friday, June 2, 2023

Time Location Event Details
9:30 a.m. Faculty of Health Registration
Check-in, pick up your name tag and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
10 a.m. Faculty of Health Welcome remarks from University of Waterloo President Vivek Goel and Chair of Recreation and Leisure Studies Troy Glover.
11 a.m. Faculty of Health Tour of Faculty of Health, Recreation and Leisure Studies department and NEW Phyical Activities Complex (PAC) facilities. A lot has changed in 50 years!
12:30 p.m. Grad House

Join your classmates for lunch at the Grad House. Includes a hot entree and 1 non-alcoholic beverage. Chair of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Troy Glover, will join us to share his thoughts about the Recreation field today and the future. Cash bar is available.

*Lunch cost is included in Full Day Ticket.

2:30 to 4 p.m. Kitchener-Waterloo City Tour

Welcome back to Kitchener-Waterloo! Our professional guide is a former teacher and 16 year City Councillor. She will tour us through new neighbourhoods that showcase technology companies, transportation, housing, cultural centres, recreation facilities and more. A fun, compact engaging tour of one of Canada's most vibrant, growing communities. Fee includes transport and guide.

*Tour cost is included in Full Day Ticket.

6 p.m. Proof Kitchen + Lounge, Delta Hotel Enjoy the indoor and outdoor ambiance at Proof. Cash bar available throughout the evening.
7 to 10 p.m. Proof Kitchen + Lounge, private event space, Delta Hotel

Join your classmates off campus at an upscale, trendy restaurant, Proof Restaurant and Lounge for a cash reception and 3 course dinner.  Emcee'd by none other than Peter Tetely! Who knows maybe the spirit of the late Dr. Ng will join us. 
Cash bar available throughout the evening.

*Dinner cost is included in Full Day Ticket.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Time Location Event Details
TBD Golf

For those wishing to swing those clubs, a 9 hole golf game will be arranged at a local KW golf course.

Please email David Mitsui at by May 1 to participate.

Dave and Kathy Haddock will make arrangements at the golf course. Those who are registered will be sent the details in advance via email.

Self led activity St. Jacob's Market The St. Jacobs market is thriving and attracts people from far and near. It isn't quite the same market we remember and is definitely worth a visit. No need to sign up, just make your way to the market on your own schedule. Need a ride??? We will have a sign-up board at the Delta Hotel for anyone wishing to go but needs a ride.
12 to 2 p.m. Federation Hall Forever Black and Gold Luncheon

Join us at Fed Hall for a gourmet buffet lunch, interactive activities, displays and live music. Reconnect and mingle with alumni and friends from all faculties and wear or bring along your favourite University of Waterloo clothing or memorabilia for a chance to win great prizes!

Milestone Anniversary Celebration
This event will feature a special celebration for alumni celebrating 25th, 50th, 55th and 60th anniversaries, with an archives display of photos and memorabilia from the milestone years and a celebratory address by University of Waterloo President Vivek Goel.

Cost: $30.00, includes gourmet buffet lunch and a drink ticket

There will be halal and vegetarian/vegan options available.

Presented by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex:

Featuring: Jones and the Jackpines

Jones + the Jackpines are an indie trio from Kitchener-Waterloo made up of frontwoman Syd Jones (BSC '20) and her backing musicians Matt Wartman (BSC '07) and Graham Campbell (BA '08, MA '14, RLS). They play a variety of folk, rock, and Canadian indie classics, and originals.

Class Reunion Legacy Bench

Leave a little of yourself at UWaterloo. We are donating a bench near the faculty building for students, faculty and visitors to enjoy!

Donations of $100, $500, or whatever works best for you, will be accepted online in advance or at the reunion. To be successful, we need to raise a minimum of $5000! We hope that you will join us in this initiative to leave our mark on UWaterloo! *Tax receipts will be available after making your donation.

If you are not able to attend the dinner or reunion, you can still make a donation by following the steps below or contacting Katelyn Gordner, Alumni Engagement Officer for the Faculty of Health.

  1. Make your class legacy contribution here.
  2. Click on the box that says "Make a one-time memorial or tribute gift"
    Instructions to select make a one time memorial or tribute gift
  3. Select "Other fund"
  4. Input "Bench 50th Recreation Reunion Gift of 2023" in the section "Didn't find the fund you're looking for? Enter a fund name:".
    Gift designation instructions to select other fund

Tickets and How to Register


Full Day Ticket - $165.00 (Covers costs for all events and meals on June 2 ONLY)
Dinner ONLY Ticket - $89.00 (for guests)
Tickets include taxes and gratuity.

How to register

Here are step by step instructions for those who would like them. :)

  1. Register online here
  2. Complete information on Step 1 - "Welcome".
  3. On step 2 - "Registrant"
    1. Complete all required fields.
    2. Select Faculty as "Health"
    3. Select Graduation Year as "1977 or 1978" - This will ensure that you see these events that are private to your class!
  4. On step 3 - "Guests"
    1. Add any guest names who will be attending with you.
  5. On step 4 - "Signature events"
    1. Register for Forever Black and Gold Luncheon on Saturday June 3, if desired.
  6. On step 5 - "Faculty events"
    1. Click the check box beside your name under the heading "Select who is attending"
    2. Under "Registration", now select which ticket you wish to purchase.
  7. On step 6 - "Make a gift"
    1. If you wish to make a gift towards the "Class reunion legacy bench", this needs to be done separately. Click "Save and continue" to skip to step 7 - "Billing".
  8. Submit payment, review and finish your registration.

If you have any issues registrations, you can contact for support.  

Hotel Accommodations

A special rate has been arranged for alumni and guests coming back for Alumni Weekend.

Delta Waterloo *ONLY 5 rooms remaining for Thursday *Friday is SOLD OUT
110 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6 (1.7 km)
$170 per night
Call 1-888-236-2427 for reservations or book directly online
Book before May 4 for guaranteed rate!

Courtyard Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs
50 Benjamin Rd E, Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9 (5.1 km)
$154 per night
Call 519-884-9295 for reservations or book directly online
Book before May 3 for guaranteed rate

Homewood Suites by Hilton
45 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo ON, N2V 0C6
One King Studio w/ pull-out couch - $149.00 per night
One King (or Two Queens) One Bedroom suite w/ pull-out couch - $159.00 per night
Plus 4% MAT fee and 13% HST.
Book online:
Select dates and then select "Special Rates" -> "Corporate Account": 0002654995
Book through phone: please call 519-514-0088 and mention the numeric code 0002654995

Hampton Inn and Suites
55 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo ON, N2V 0C6
Standard 1King/2Queen Rooms - $139.00 + Tax
Studio 1 King/2Queen Suites - $149.00 + Tax
Plus 4% MAT and 13% HST
Online booking:
Under Special Rates-Corporate ID 0002654995
Phone: 519-514-0090 mentioning that you have a corporate number : 0002654995

Alumni Discount at W store

Celebrate in style with the W Store's wide selection of Waterloo Alumni branded apparel, swag and gifts! Shipping available worldwide. Enjoy exclusive savings in store on June 2 and 3, 2023 when you spend $75 (before taxes) and receive $10 off your purchase.

Custom UWaterloo Jackets, grad rings and course materials are excluded from this offer. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer/promotion. 

Attendee list