In its 47th year in 2022, the Leisure Development Course continues to provide innovative professional development for park, recreation, culture and community development personnel. As one of Canada’s premiere education opportunities presented by a faculty from varied professions including business, public administration, recreation and parks, and academia; students receive timely information and modern tools to enhance their personal and professional growth and, in turn, their respective community and/or agency. 

The following is an abbreviated description of each year of instruction. Please note topics may change from time to time to correspond to current trends and issues in the industry, or download a PDF of the course outline.

Year One Track – Community Development

Year One discussion concentrates on the community and the role parks, recreation and culture agencies play. The sessions focus on the flexibility required to change and adapt to societal and organizational trends and issues while placing an emphasis on best practices in program management.

Featured Sessions:

  • Marketing Your Agency
  • Community Programming & Special Events
  • Outcome Based Management
  • Developing & Using Motivational Skills

Year Two Track – Facility Development

Year Two provides an introduction to the methods of planning, from developing physical design programs to philosophies of community planning and creating a risk management environment. Students will gain a better understanding for development of public space, facilities and natural resources.

Featured Sessions:

  • Community Development & Recreation
  • Designing for Risk Management
  • Creating Better Spaces
  • Facility Planning – From the Ground Up

Year Three Track – Personal Development

Enhancing the effectiveness of the professional is specifically designed in Year Three. Students gain insight to interpersonal communication, problem solving, leadership and educating for leisure - topics critical to personal success and professional development, and for the effectiveness of your organization.

Featured Sessions:

  • Developing Personal Leadership
  • Group Dynamics
  • Community & Agency Communications
  • Educating for Leisure