Recreation & Leisure Services — Careers, Program Development and Management, Christy

Recreation & Leisure Services — Careers, Program Development and Management, Christy


[♪♪♪] NARRATOR:
Meet the Recreation and Community
Partnerships Consultant at Schlegel Villages. This is my office! I have the greatest job
because I get to have fun. I get to see people
grow and develop and celebrate their
successes, enjoy life. I love encouraging people
to meet their goals and reach their goals, and
grow within our organization and provide them
with the tools and the resources to do that. NARRATOR:
Conestoga’s Recreation and Leisure Services program allowed Christy the opportunity
to uncover her passion for making a difference in the quality of
life of older adults. Through the
experience-based curriculum and active learning, faculty
instilled the importance of designing client-centred
programs and flexibility. As a new grad,
I think you have a vision of what it’s going to be
like in the work force, and you need to be flexible, and if something’s
not working, be very quick to change it. NARRATOR:
Experiential learning in a hands-on environment, a distinguishing facet
of the Recreation and Leisure Services program, is as much about developing
important skills and abilities like being
responsive and flexible as it is about making real
connections with people. Conestoga’s program
supports and nurtures relationship building
among students as both an intentional
learning strategy to integrate knowledge and to foster friendships
that last a life-time. Because it is the
smaller classroom size, you had an ability to
develop relationships not only with the faculty, but with your co-learners. We actually got up and
practiced those skills and learned new things
that we could apply right in the classroom and then
carry on into the community. NARRATOR: It’s learning
that is relevant, clearly connected to theory
and can be applied right away. The program offers a wide
variety of experiences that expose career options
that allow individuals to grow and advance over time. It’s a great program in
terms of learning skills that are transferable. It’s based on leadership
and serving others. Whether that’s kids,
or older adults, or special populations, but I think all of those
skills that you learn are transferable to
any other career. They have so many
community partnerships that it’s a place where you
know that you will end up with a job and they care
about you after the program, not just while you’re
there as a student. NARRATOR: What you do here
counts out there.

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