We love to talk to our members. They always provide us new ways of understanding leisure and that makes us grow as an organization. On this occasion, we talked to Trudie Walters (University of Otago, New Zealand), who was recently elected as a member of the WLO Board of Directors.
The WLO Special Interest Group (SIG) on Leisure and Well-being aims at looking into the diverse fields and dimensions of well-being within leisure contexts and related human experiences, anchored in the psychological perspective of optimal human functioning.
Mr. Ling Ping joined the WLO Board of Directors after the election process of new Board members launched in October 2017. Since then, Ling Ping has been actively engaged in the promotion of the WLO among different Chinese institutional bodies and organizations.
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.
By Teresa Freire, Facilitator of the SIG “Leisure and Well-being”
Under the research team I lead in my University (the Research Team on Positive Development and Optimal Functioning), we have an intervention group program about leisure for middle adolescents, titled: “Growing-up with leisure”. This is a validated intervention program to promote adolescents’ positive attitudes toward leisure and a healthy use and proactive involvement in leisure activities and contexts, and consequently to facilitate positive leisure experiences. From a conceptual point of view, the program is based in several models and perspectives, mainly conceptual issues related to positive youth development and identity development (personal, social and place identity).