Leisure Development Course

ENHANCING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PARK & RECREATION PROFESSIONALS

In its 48TH year in 2023, the Leisure Development Course (LDC) is partnering with the Recreation Facilities Association of BC (RFABC) to ensure the continued success of this 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; students receive timely information and modern tools to enhance their personal and professional growth and, in turn, their respective community and/or agency.

Course graduates are also eligible to apply for post-secondary credits through Langara College.

This course takes three years to complete, with one track being offered each year. However, the flexibility of the core curriculum allows the student to enter at the year of their convenience. In other words, Students may enter the program at the year of their choosing and do not have to participate in sequential order (1, 2, 3).

Click below for a description of each year of instruction and registration information. Please note topics may change from time to time to correspond to current trends and issues in the industry.

The Leisure Development Course is proud to partner with patron sponsor Recreation Excellence Inc. and premier sponsors DB Perks and Associates, and Langara College Recreation Studies.

Registration Fee:$550.00 + Accommodations and Meals (approx. $1,200.00)

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FOR THE 2023 YEAR:

LDC will be offering the Community Development (Year One Track). 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.

Audience

Park, recreation, culture, and community development personnel.

Course Goals

To receive timely information and modern tools to enhance personal and professional growth and, in turn, the respective community and/or agency. Part of a 3 year program to be a successful graduate of the Leisure Development Course.

Course Topics

  • Community Programming & Unique Events
  • Outcome Based Management
  • Marketing Your Organization
  • Developing & Using Motivational Skills
Breakdown of Topics

 

Upcoming Courses

Jun. 7-11, 2023
Vance Creek Hotel, Silver Star Mountain

For the 2024 Year:

LDC will be offering the Facility Development (Year Two Track). 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.

Audience

Park, recreation, culture, and community development personnel.

Course Goals:

To receive timely information and modern tools to enhance personal and professional growth and, in turn, the respective community and/or agency. Part of a 3 year program to be a successful graduate of the Leisure Development Course.

Featured Sessions

  • Designing for Risk Management
  • Community Development & Recreation
  • Creating Better Places – Open Space Planning
  • Facility Planning – From the Ground Up
NOTE: You do NOT have to take the courses in sequential order. You can take this year as your first year!

Stay tuned for dates and information.

Upcoming Courses

Sorry, there are no courses scheduled at this time. Please email gary@rfabc.com to express your interest for future courses.

For the 2025 Year:

LDC will be offering the Personal Development (Year Three Track). 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.

Audience

Park, recreation, culture, and community development personnel.

Course Goals:

To receive timely information and modern tools to enhance personal and professional growth and, in turn, the respective community and/or agency. Part of a 3 year program to be a successful graduate of the Leisure Development Course.

Featured Sessions

  • Developing Personal Leadership
  • Group Dynamics
  • Agency & Community Communications
  • Educating for Leisure
NOTE: You do NOT have to take the courses in sequential order. You can take this year as your first year!

Stay tuned for dates and information.

Upcoming Courses

Sorry, there are no courses scheduled at this time. Please email gary@rfabc.com to express your interest for future courses.

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