Leisure! I love studying it. I love practicing it. I’m fascinated by the ways in which people choose (or don’t) leisure. Taking time each day to reflect on how leisure impacts me as a human, my family and friends and my community, and the greater society as a whole inspires me.
Over the past eight years, I have been dreaming of a way to connect more locals to the abundance of exceptional experiences within a day’s travel. Where I live is lush with natural and built amenities offering accessible and diverse viewscapes, places, and spaces.
Vancouver Island, on the West Coast of Canada is gorgeous. I live a very good life. And not everyone who lives here gets to say that. I want to be part of changing that – creating opportunities for more of our community members to learn about their neighbouring towns, participate in cultural celebrations, taste regional foods and drinks, play outdoors in the forests and on the salty waterways that surround us, and simply take time to be with one’s loved ones. If you have been fortunate enough to be one of the people who has explored Vancouver Island for a moment, a day, or a week, you know how invigorating or rejuvenating or relaxing experiences are right here. The more we can foster an appreciation for the places we get to live, the more we can weave social sustainability into all of our communities.
I studied sustainable leisure management in my Masters degree, and I focussed much of my research and exploration of innovation and sustainability on local tourism participation and its impacts. My concept for bringing greater benefits from leisure to more people has adapted many times with much inspiration from other organizations (I’m reading my own writing as I hear how passive my voice has become in expressing my idea – not good!)…
Tourism can be a source of good if and when we think about and act with social, environmental, and economic sustainability this spectacular world that we all call home. We need to keep leading with open hearts and open minds. I’m dedicating two hours per week to the next iteration of my concept. I can do this. And I will. It’s time.
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