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Enhancing the quality of individual and collective lives

From visionary beginnings in 1968 and buoyed by a consistent record of innovation, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has long enjoyed a reputation for excellence placing it among world leaders in the field.

The University of Waterloo offered one of the first undergraduate degree programs in recreation and leisure studies including the first co-operative education program, as well as the first MA and PhD programs in recreation and leisure studies in Canada.

Our students are mentored by leading experts and have the opportunity to apply theory to practice as they are introduced to the study of recreation and leisure as a phenomena as well as the planning, delivery and evaluation of recreation and leisure services.

Woman curling at community rink.Through focus on community, environment, health and well-being, identity and diversity, and service and policy, our research strives to critically evaluate leisure in its diverse forms with a goal of enhancing quality of individual and collective lives.

  1. Apr. 19, 2018Professor Katie Misener featured by the Sport Information Resource Centre

    Katie Misener’s research was recently featured by the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC). This national organization is committed to empowering sport organizations and individuals to improve the Canadian sport system by sharing credible and evidence-based knowledge. The article also offers practitioners with a link to an animated video summarizing the rationale and implications for community sport organizations engaging in socially responsible initiatives.

  2. Apr. 18, 2018RECers making headlines in the Department of Athletics and Recreation

    The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is proud to celebrate our student successes all across campus! As the Winter 2018 term comes to an end, Athletics celebrated students who have made an incredible impact on the day to day operations of Warrior Athletics and Recreation at the Warriors Student Leadership Reception. Four REC undergrad students were recognized for their significant contributions:

  3. Mar. 29, 2018The Grand Re-Opening of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in B.C. Matthews HallDr. Troy Glover, Sandy Heise, and Dean James Rush cut the ceremonial ribbon

    The Grand Re-Opening of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in B.C. Matthews Hall

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  1. June 19, 2018Hallman Lecture: Building a Stronger Canada through Values-based SportOlympic rings in the back ground with wording over top that says, CBC Canada's Scott Russell

    What happens on the field of play is life’s greatest classroom. Award-winning CBC Sports broadcaster Scott Russell discusses the potential of sport and play, and how it can shape a country and its citizens.

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