The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Health
In the summer of 2012 one passionate REC student found herself with the co-op opportunity of a lifetime. When Maggie Off, a Recreation and Sport Business student, saw a posting for Golf Canada on the co-op website she decided to apply to gain a better understanding of the behind the scenes work that goes into a national sports tournament. Through their roles with Golf Canada, Maggie and another co-op did just that- and more! Driving a truck and trailer across the country, Maggie helped to facilitate a number of large-scale tournaments, while having the opportunity to experience Canada from coast-to-coast. During the tournaments Maggie was responsible for everything from promotional items, to course-set up, to working with officials to ensure fair play. As Maggie was warned in her interview, she endorses:
There (is) no such thing as an average day working for Golf Canada.
Maggie is grateful for her Recreation and Sport Business courses- through them she learned the terms and language to use to truly sound like a professional in her field. Maggie found herself drawing upon past assignments when seeking to improve communication tools used regularly by her co-workers. Specifically, Maggie developed an interactive Powerpoint presentation to help with the efficiency and effectiveness of tournament volunteer training sessions.
Maggie feels that choosing to take part in the co-op system at the University of Waterloo is one of the best decisions she has made. She has enjoyed the opportunity to test out a variety of roles, network with potential employers, and apply theories learned in class in a real world setting. When we asked Maggie about her favourite experience in her Golf Canada co-op role, she responded:
“The entire 4 month work term was my favourite experience really. Being able to contribute to some of Canada's most prestigious golf tournaments is definitely a highlight, and the people I worked for made it even better.”