Erin Wilkins (Canada): “I am constantly involved with the promotion and development of leisure studies through advocacy, education, and recognition”

We are very happy to welcome a new WLO member: Erin Wilkins, Department Chair and Instructor in the Recreation Studies Department at Langara College in Vancouver (Canada). We asked her about the work she does for the promotion of leisure, as well as about her expectations with regard to the WLO.

In one sentence: What does leisure mean to you? 

Leisure is the quality time we spend doing things that we enjoy which enrich our lives.

What leisure projects, research and/or activities are you involved in? 

I am involved in a number of Leisure, Recreation, and Sport related projects which educate and engage individuals to participate and become educated and employed in recreation, sport and Leisure. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for Canada Snowboard, BC Snowboard, and ProMotion Plus (a provincial organization responsible for advocacy, providing opportunity and recognizing women and girls in sport and physical activity). In my leisure time I am involved in a number of sporting activities and leagues, I love spending time in nature, I love the beach, gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with friends, family and my dog!

How do you promote the development of leisure and leisure studies? 

As the Department Chair and Instructor in the Recreation Studies Department at Langara College in Vancouver (Canada) and with my leadership roles in the organizations listed above, I am constantly involved with the promotion and development of leisure studies through advocacy, education, and recognition, for leisure and its participants.

How did you hear about WLO? 

From a colleague.

Why did you decide to become a member of WLO? 

To find out more about the organization, its mission, values, programs, resources and events and how I can become more engaged on an international level.

What kind of synergies would you like to develop through your WLO membership?

Networking on an international level with likeminded individuals and organizations, create partnerships and opportunities for Langara Recreation Students and Faculty, and build community.