Alumni profiles

Dave Barnes.

Dave Barnes BA '93

Co-ordinator, Relay for Life Youth Program, Canadian Cancer Society

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.

Victoria Behune.

Victoria Behune

President and CEO, Ontario Tourism Education Corporation

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.

Chris Bourne.

Chris Bourne

Rehabilitation counselor and athlete role model

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.

Dorothy Dowling.

Dorothy Dowling

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Best Western International

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.

Dave McVetty.

Dave McVetty BA ’87

Special Advisor, Strategy and Plans for Parks Canada

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.

Modrobes booth display.

Lynn Moffatt

Event Manager, Modrobes Sustainable Garment Company

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.

Agnes Nowaczek.

Agnes Nowaczek

Founder, Ecotours by Agnes

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.

Ami Richter.

Ami Richter BA ’01

Co-founder, Lug

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.

Michael Roycroft.

Michael Roycroft BA '01

Manager, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

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.

Anne Scanlon.

Anne Scanlon BA '89

Recreation Therapist, St. Joseph's Health Care Centre

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.

Dana Spence.

Dana Spence BA '86

Parks Asset Co-ordinator, Parks and Landscape team, Hornsby Shire Council

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.

Victor Cheng.

Victor Cheng

President and CEO of iLogic

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.

Lindsey Oretan

Lindsey Oretan BA '05

Recreation Therapist, R/TRO, CTRS, Grand River Hospital – Specialized Mental Health Program

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.

Sara Middleton

Sara Middleton BA '97

Director, Community Partnerships & Investment, United Way London & Middlesex

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.

Robyn Gmeindl

Robyn Gmeindl

Event Coordinator, The Ontario Soccer Association

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.

Russell Kovshoff

Russell Kovshoff

Coordinator, Game Operations - Toronto Raptors Basketball Club, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

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.

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Michelle Lovrics BA '07

Live Events Coordinator, Event Operations, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

BA Recreation & Business, Tourism Option (2007), University of Waterloo

Rachael Cale

Rachael Cale BA '14

Child Life Specialist, Hospital for Sick Children, Child and Family Centred Care

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.

Yvonne Ng-Gerritsen

Yvonne Ng-Gerritsen, CTRS, R/TRO BA '08

Professor, Therapeutic Recreation, Seneca College

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 Spark

Cameron Spark BA '10

Communications & Social Media Coordinator, CNIB

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.