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June 7 - 11, 2017
About the Leisure Development Course
The Leisure Development Course is a not-for-profit program and one of Western Canada’s unique and premiere training opportunities, providing professional development learning designed for park, recreation, culture and community development personnel. Presented by a faculty from varied fields, including business, public administration, recreation and parks, and academia, students receive timely information and innovative tools in order to improve personal development and, in turn, the parks and recreation system in their respective community.
The three year program is an intense four-day learning period held within the first part of June utilizing the lecture facilities and accommodation at Silver Star Club Resort at Silver Star Mountain just out of Vernon. The design and flexibility of core curriculum allows the student to enter at the year of his/her convenience – the learner does not have to participate in sequential order. Students are obligated to attend all sessions, both instruction and group, as this provides the opportunity to network with instructors and colleagues in an interactive formal and informal setting.
2017 Leisure Development Course
June 7 - 11, 2017
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 information and innovative tools to improve both their personal and professional development.
This three year certificate-granting curriculum is held at the lecture facilities and accommodation at Vance Creek Hotel & Chilcoot Conference Centre on Silver Star Mountain. The design and flexibility of core curriculum allows the student to enter at the year of his/her convenience – the learner does not have to participate in sequential order. Successful graduates also have the option to apply for post secondary credits through the Recreation Studies Department at Langara College in Vancouver.
In 2017 the Leisure Development Course will take place June 7th – 11th with instruction topics including:
- Designing for Risk Management
- Creating Better Spaces
- Recreation Role in Community Development, and
- Facility Planning – from the Ground Up.
Registrations are due May 8, 2017.
For further information regarding the Leisure Development Course contact Chris Nelson at cnelson48 (at) shaw.ca.
Our Leisure Development Course Sponsors
In 2016 the Leisure Development Course once again partnered with Patron Platinum Sponsor Recreation Excellence as well as supporting partners Recreation Foundation of BC; Langara College and DB Perks & Associates. Thank you to all our sponsors and partners!
Patron Platinum Sponsor
- Recreation Excellence
- DB Perks & Associates
- Langara College
- Recreation Foundation of BC
2016 Leisure Development Course
The first week of June saw the 42nd Leisure Development Course host over 30 students representing Alberta, Yukon and all parts of BC, in an intense four days of learning with subject topics in Developing & Using Motivational Skills; Outcome Based Management; Marketing Your Agency; and Community Programming & Special Events.
2015 Leisure Development Course
|During the first week in June, 38 students representing BC, Yukon Territories and Alberta, along with our instruction team, gathered at the Vance Creek Hotel & Conference Centre to participate in the professional development learning opportunity presented by the Leisure Development Course. In 2015 the Year Three Track, Personal Development - the students focused on sessions involving interpersonal communication, group dynamics, leadership and educating for leisure - topics essential to personal and professional success as well as enhancing the effectiveness of your respective agency or organization.|
2014 Leisure Development Course
During the first week in June, 30 students representing BC, Yukon Territories and Manitoba along with instruction staff gathered at the Vance Creek Hotel & Conference Centre to participate in the professional development learning opportunity presented by the Leisure Development Course.
In its 40th Year this program continues to provide park, recreation, culture & community development personnel with innovative training sessions presented by a faculty from varied professions and pertinent to the industry. Several of our past graduates also graced the program with their presence over a few days and joined to celebrate in the 40 Year Anniversary Dinner and Graduation Night.
2013 Leisure Development Course
|In 2013 from June 5 – 9 over 30 students representing Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia gathered at the Vance Creek Hotel and Conference Centre on Silver Star Mountain to take part in the 39th Leisure Development Course. As one of Canada’s unique learning opportunities providing professional development for park, recreation, culture and community development personnel, in 2013 those attending were exposed to sessions dealing with Community Programming, Marketing Your Agency, Developing Your Motivational Skills and Outcome Based Management.|