16th World Leisure Congress goes hybrid

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on October 9, 2020 - 2:42pm


The 16th World Leisure Congress to be held in Pinggu-Beijing from April 15-21, 2021 will have a virtual component to include participants who will not be able to travel to China due to the many travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abstract Submission deadline extended until Friday, 30th October 2020.

Thinking about leisure during a global pandemic by de la Barre, Stone, McKeown & Schroeder (2020)

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on October 7, 2020 - 11:56am

The COVID-19 pandemic arrested the world in a dramatic manner as of March 2020. As countries placed themselves under lockdown to avoid the worst case scenarios expected from the novel virus, we witnessed economies shut down, and residents of the smallest communities to the largest cities ‘shelter in place’ as they could. Very quickly, a smorgasbord of disparities and privileges were highlighted and discussions, at local and global levels, began in earnest.

Graduate Research Workshop - Let’s Talk Ethics

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on October 4, 2020 - 12:19pm

Check out the next Graduate Research Workshop offered by the Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Office and consider joining in!

Title: Let’s Talk Ethics: Meet- up with Research Ethics Officer Chris Turner

Speaker: Chris Turner - Research Ethics Officer - Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 6th  6:30-7:30 am PDT

2020 Run for the Hippos

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on September 16, 2020 - 2:28pm

The Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary in the Upper West Region Africa is home to one of Ghana's last hippo populations. For over 20 years the WCHS has worked to ensure the health and safety of the hippos while also improving the livelihoods, health, and wellness of the people of living within this protected area.

Call for papers for the World Leisure Journal

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on August 23, 2020 - 10:06am

This special issue of the World Leisure Journal will address leisure and aging internationally. While free time itself may have changed with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, leisure behaviors and patterns have also shifted dramatically. We have seen a drastic reduction to leisure, with the pandemic affecting everything from international travel to opportunities for connection that typically occur in social leisure spaces. However, interesting patterns of self-expression and health-protective activities have also emerged.

16th World Leisure Congress postponed due to Covid-19

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on July 27, 2020 - 12:10pm

Given these unprecedented circumstances, a joint decision has been taken by WLO and People’s Government of Beijing Municipality of the 16th World Leisure Congress in Pinggu-Beijing, to postpone the event,  which was initially scheduled to take place from October 17 to 23 October this year.

The new dates to celebrate the 16th World Leisure Congress are April 15-21, 2021.

Interview with Dr. Aggie Weighill for CBC All Points West

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on July 16, 2020 - 3:42pm

Vancouver Island University has approved funding for research projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them will delve into how physically distanced leisure activities have helped us cope with the stresses of the health crisis. Dr. Aggie Weighill, a VIU Recreation and Tourism Professor, was featured on CBC All Points West and spoke about the study titled Leisure as a Mechanism for Coping with Stress Related to Public Health Interventions due to COVID-19.