News and Announcements

Innovative Leisure Practices Vol.5

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on December 1, 2021 - 1:24pm
The World Leisure Centre of Excellence (WLCE) at Vancouver Island University is privileged to share its fifth volume of case studies, as part of the Innovative Leisure Practices series. 
As in past compilations, the case studies presented in this 2021 edition of Innovative Leisure Practices (Vol. 5) are varied in nature and represent a diverse range of relevant leisure interests, issues, and practices.

International Mountain Day 2021

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on November 24, 2021 - 8:49am

International Mountain Day 2021 - Webinar: Global Perspectives on Sustainable Tourism in Mountain Regions

International Mountain Day is a United Nations designated day which marks the importance of mountain regions across the globe. This year's theme is 'Sustainable Mountain Tourism' and despite mountain tourism destinations being heavily impacted by COVID-19, there is also "an opportunity to rethink mountain tourism and its impact on natural resources and livelihoods […] and to harness it towards a more resilient, green and inclusive future" (United Nations).

Thesis Presentation: Anna Lawrence

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on November 19, 2021 - 1:32pm

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, in conjunction with our World Leisure Centre of Excellence, is pleased to introduce Anna Lawrence, Graduate Student in progress, who will be presenting her thesis research.

Thesis title: The Space it Fills, Leisure Gardening During COVID-19: An Evaluation of Leisure Gardening, Basic Psychological Needs, and Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

New Leisure Studies: International Perspectives

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on November 4, 2021 - 9:59am
The new season of New Leisure Studies: International Perspectives webinar is back!
We will start on Friday, November 5th, after last year's successful edition by bringing virtual encounters on contemporary issues in leisure.
Topic: “Use of technology in the contemporary leisure industry across the world”
When: Friday, November 5th at 7:30 AM PST (10:30 AM Eastern time)

2021 TTRA Canada Virtual Conference - T4: Travelling Towards Tomorrow Together

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on September 23, 2021 - 3:07pm

TTRA Canada is excited to announce it will be holding its first virtual conference from October 13 to 15, 2021.

This year’s virtual conference theme, T4: Travelling Towards Tomorrow Together, provides a platform to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry. While recognizing the drastic impact of the pandemic on travel and tourism, it is time to move forward.

Dr. Aggie Weighill is looking into how the pandemic affected Recreation Programming in the Yukon

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on September 17, 2021 - 4:06pm

How people view the role and importance of physical activity in the well-being and social togetherness of their community is a question that Vancouver Island University (VIU) Recreation and Tourism Professor Dr. Aggie Weighill is looking to answer as part of a new research project in the Yukon.

Welcome MA SLM students!

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on September 13, 2021 - 11:19am

The VIU Master of Art in Sustainable Leisure Management program, in conjunction with the VIU WLCE, welcomed its 11th cohort of students this week. This cohort includes Canadian students from British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, and international students from Vietnam, UAE, Iran, China, India, and Ghana.

Thesis Presentation: Brighton Mbilinyi

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on August 16, 2021 - 12:04pm

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, in conjunction with our World Leisure Centre of Excellence is pleased to introduce Brighton Mbilinyi, Graduate Student in progress, who will be presenting his thesis research.

Thesis title: Assessing the role and responsibilities of tour guides in Tanzania