Tourism & Recreation – Where Community Connects
Leisure is recreation. Leisure is tourism. Tourism development affects resident recreation, which impacts tourism development. The amenities that residents enjoy are often the same as what attracts tourists to a community and as a Sociable Scientist, I thrive working on projects that focus on understanding, developing, and enhancing quality of life through community leisure assets.
Time spent as a Sociable Scientist over the past year have included (but not been limited to):
- research and facilitation with Vital Signs in my hometown of Campbell River (community/recreation/resident),
- leading Visitor Experience Survey projects in Campbell River, Vancouver Island North, and Nanaimo (community/tourism/resident),
- teaching leadership to first year students of tourism and hospitality at North Island College (community/resident/tourism),
- leading strategic planning and business development plans for Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society (community/recreation/resident/tourism),
- leading and facilitating strategic planning for Sayward Futures Society (community/tourism/recreation/resident),
- leading a tourism stakeholder survey for Campbell River (community/resident/tourism),
- and leading and being part of numerous volunteer initiatives (community/resident/tourism/recreation) where I live.
Each and everyone of us experiences leisure (to some degree), yet I chat with people who had no idea that leisure was even a field of study or career path. On the other end of the spectrum is the World Leisure Organization (of which I am a member), which is a ‘worldwide, non-governmental association dedicated to discovering and fostering those conditions best permitting leisure to serve as a force for human growth, development, and well being’ – there is so much variation in how we as a society learn about, and are aware of, one another’s vocations. I love that mine is leisure and that I get to promote and advocate for accessible and affordable leisure as a way to enhance quality of life.
I’m always interested to talk with others about leisure – recreation, tourism, community (and I haven’t even connected it to health, but that’s a whole other topic, and food and nutrition! The list goes on…) – so please feel free to connect with me and with one another. #whatsyourleisure #IlovewhereIlive