The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Health
For Michael Roycroft, there is no ‘typical’ day in the office. As the Manager of the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park (CNCPP), every day brings new opportunities and challenges as he oversees the operation of one of Canada’s leading outdoor recreation and sport destinations.
Lindsey is a Recreation Therapist at Grand River Hospital at the Freeport Site in the Specialized Mental Health Program. She supports individuals with a variety of mental health diagnoses; including depression, schizophrenia and dual diagnosis.
BA Recreation & Business, Tourism Option (2007), University of Waterloo
Yvonne recently started a new role as Professor in the Therapeutic Recreation degree program at Seneca College. Her responsibilities include being a research supervisor and subject matter expert in the Seneca program review process.
Cameron is a Communications & Social Media Coordinator for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). In his role, Cameron is responsible for a wide variety of tasks that all relate to communicating and enforcing the work CNIB is doing across Ontario.
Rachael Cale is a certified Child Life Specialist currently working for The Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Family Centred Care department. She aims to help children, teens and families cope with the stress and challenges associated with being sick and in hospital.
As an undergraduate student in the Recreation and Leisure Studies program, municipal recreation wasn’t really on the radar for Dana Spence (Rec '86). Little did she know that after graduation she would fine herself travelling to Australia and embarking in a decades-long career in that field.
When Anne Scanlon completed a co-op work-term at St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre in Guelph, she thought it was a great experience – she admired the philosophy of the organization, and loved her work as a Recreation Therapist. What she didn’t know at the time was that the temporary co-op position would someday lead to a rewarding full-time career.
Like so many people, Dave Barnes has been personally touched by cancer. The experience led him to get involved with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), and ultimately to a full-time career.
As a member of the senior management team, Sara is responsible for planning and implementing the organization's Community Impact Agenda and ensuring the responsible investment of approximately $6 million in social services and programs annually.
Victoria Behune believes everything should be based on a plan. Her thirty-year career in tourism is the product of a plan, which as a student started with the goal of being the president of a company.
An accomplished wheelchair racing triathlete – gold, two silver and a bronze medal in world championships – and avid water skier, Bourne has spent decades promoting a physically active lifestyle for people with all types of disability.
Don’t let Victor Cheng’s quiet demeanour and humble spirit fool you. He has an intense passion and drive and understands that owning your own business is something one should never take lightly.
Named one of the world’s top 50 CMOs by Forbes, Waterloo caught up with Recreation and Leisure Studies alumna Dorothy Dowling to chat about her role as senior vice president marketing and sales for Best Western International, the award, and her advice for aspiring marketing gurus.
In her role, Robyn is responsible for planning major competitions and events for the provincial sport organization for soccer and is an in-house graphic design artist.
In his role, Russell is responsible for producing all entertainment for Toronto Raptors game nights including videos, on-court promotions, and scripting for game-night staff. Russell is responsible for managing part-time game-night staff and creating fun and engaging moments in Jurassic Park (Maple Leaf Square) during the playoff season.
After a high school career full of sports teams, student council, and volunteer days, the Recreation program at Waterloo seemed like a natural fit for Lynn Moffatt. She viewed the program as a perfect way to pursue her passion for working with people. She has taken that passion and combined it with a strong business background to launch a successful career.
When Agnes Nowaczek (PhD '09) found herself repeatedly let down by pre-packaged vacations claiming to give travellers authentic cultural experiences, she decided to do something about it.
One morning, after less than a year in business, the travel accessory entrepreneur picked up her office phone to learn that one of her company’s products had caught the eye of Oprah and was going to be featured in an upcoming issue of O Magazine.
Dave McVetty didn’t know he would grow up to be a self-described “parkie” but he has taken on many roles within Parks Canada – most notably, Superintendent of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in British Columbia. As a Superintendent, McVetty had to respond quickly to emerging issues, from tsunami alerts to wildlife incidents, as well as manage the day-to-day operations.
Andrew McDonald (MA Recreation and Leisure Studies '19) developed the first Ontario Parks smartphone application for the Pinery Provincial Park. Now working full-time with Ontario Parks, Andrew is making an impact in a career that he loves.