Research stories

Researchers found that factors such as the location and design of the facility, the formal agreements between operating groups and the breadth of sport and recreation programming offered at the facility all contributed to promoting a legacy of participation post-event.

By 2031, more than 1.4 million Canadians will be living with dementia. Yet even with the prevalence of this condition, many myths and a great deal of stigma remain. 

“Music is a universal language that can move us physically, emotionally, relationally in ways that other things can’t,” says Sherry Dupuis, one of the researchers involved with a new documentary on the benefits of musical engagement for those living with dementia. Music is Life premieres on World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, September 21.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Canadians are less uncertain about their retirement years if they have openly discussed their LGBT identity with family and friends, according to a breakthrough study by the RBC Retirement Research Centre at Waterloo.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sacred waters run deep

Bryan Grimwood has been working with Aboriginal communities connected to the Thelon to cultivate enhanced understanding of, and responsible relationships to, this sacred and changing place.

Involvement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) sport groups makes gay and lesbian athletes feel better about their sexual identity and helps them come out in their everyday lives, according to research from the University of Waterloo.

Friday, August 16, 2013

More than s’mores

Summer camp is about more than s’mores and sing-alongs. Just ask Troy Glover; one of the recreation and leisure studies professors behind the multi-phase Canadian Summer Camp Research Project.

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing Network, directed by recreation and leisure studies professor Bryan Smale, has developed a composite index to benchmark the nation's state of well-being.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Women struggle with stigma of prison

Uncertain Futures: Women Leaving Prison and Re-entering Community, a report co-authored by Susan Arai, explores the “importance of building relationships to bridge the chasm between women and their community” after they are released from Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Decentring Work

Decentring Work, a new book edited by recreation and leisure studies professors Heather Mair and Susan Arai with Donald Reid of the University of Guelph, questions how and why we have come to value paid employment as the marker of social success and individual self-worth, and investigates the role that leisure might play in its stead.