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Seneca Welcomes Partners to Physical Literacy Research Symposium

In early May, the School of Recreation & Environmental Studies hosted a research conference on the theme of “Physical Literacy for Older Adults” with our partners from Sports Aurora and representatives from other community organizations.


TR Graduating Students Showcase Research Projects 

In early April 2019, the graduating cohort from the Therapeutic Recreation Bachelors (Honours) degree presented their final semester research projects in Garriock Hall to faculty, fellow students, and members of the Seneca community.  


Recreational Students Enjoy Taste of Success

Graduating students from Recreation & Leisure Services organized and delivered the “Taste of Success” professional development event on 15 March 2019.   This event provided the opportunity for the graduating student to connect and network with up to 20 recreation and leisure professionals.


Therapeutic Recreation 

The Bachelor (Honours) of Therapeutic Recreation successfully passed a curriculum review process conducted by an external partner - Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO).  Following the review, students entering the degree program from Sept 2017 are eligible to apply for a professional accreditation upon completion of their studies and work-term.  On 12 March 2019 the Executive Director of TRO, Rozalyn Werner-Arcé announced the accreditation status to students and faculty from the program.


Therapeutic Recreation Day @ King Campus

February 2019, the students, faculty and staff of King campus celebrated Therapeutic Recreation month through student-led activities involving dance, music, art, yoga and information booths from St John Ambulance Animal Therapy and Nova’s Ark. 


Seneca Recreation and Leisure Students Lead the Way at the OCA

January 2019, student leaders from Seneca’s Recreation and Leisure program volunteered at annual Ontario Camps Association conference (OCA Connects) at the Hilton Toronto Markham Conference Centre. This three-day conference is Canada’s Largest Camping Trade Show attended by over 400 recreational professionals from across Canada and the world. Pictured (left to right) Toni Pettit, Professor Alf Grigg, Bianca Zeppa, Emma Felton.


Adaptive Recreation In Action

January 2019, students from Seneca’s Therapeutic Recreation program visited the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to discuss adaptive recreation and leisure activities with professionals from the hospital.  Thank you to the students from TRC 302 who participated in the field visit and Dr. Babatunde Oyapero for organizing this applied learning opportunity.  


Fitness students meet three-time Olympic athlete

January 2019, Student Ambassadors from the Fitness and Health Promotion program volunteered at the Sports for Life conference in Gatineau, Quebec. During the conference, students networked with professionals in the industry and met three-time Canadian Olympian Beckie Scott who discussed her career and volunteer service.


Encouraging physical literacy

Fitness and Health Promotion faculty recently teamed up with Activate Aurora to host its annual Physical Literacy Summit at King Campus.

More than 80 local professionals, students and faculty attended to discuss promotion of physical literacy in children and youth. Professor Dean Kriellaars from the University of Manitoba was the keynote speaker.


Personal branding in the fitness world

Known for his work as a fitness entrepreneur, published author and motivational speaker, Rod Macdonald recently visited Fitness and Health Promotion students for a counselling and communications class. The CEO of Certified Coaches Federation (CCF), Macdonald spoke to students about career development and personal branding.


Hitting the training ground 

Fitness and Health Promotion students recently volunteered at RBC Training Ground's regional qualifiers in Milton, where they met Paralympian Tyler McGregor and Olympian Michelle Williams. A funding program committed to uncovering and supporting athletes with Olympic potential, students were guided by professor Sandra Da Rocha to assess athletes for future RBC Training Ground support.


Students assisted in a Paralympian Event 

October 2018, students from Fitness and Health Promotion program with Professor Sandra Da Rocha participated in the PARALYMPIAN SEARCH hosted by the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. This one-day event is designed to test athletes aptitudes to excel in various Paralympic sports, and maybe one day represent Canada at the Paralympic Games. Pictured are Jeff Louie (Canadian Sport Institute Ontario) and FHP students Alisha Payne, Shane Mosoff, Denzel Perez, and Maria Padolina.