Our Team

We are a not for profit organization dedicated to advancing the recreation and parks field by broadening the knowledge and experience base of our members and by advocating for the value and benefit of leisure and recreation opportunities for all people. Founded in 1974, and incorporated in 1987, our goal has remained constant; to positively impact the health and wellbeing of New Brunswickers through promotion of the field of recreation.

Chris Gallant -

Chris Gallant

Executive Director

Kristen O'Brien -

Kristen O’Brien

Physical Literacy Development Coordinator

Jacob Weinstein -

Jacob Weinstein

Engagement and Education Coordinator

Nicole Bell -

Nicole Bell


Ashtyn Smith -

Ashtyn Smith

Projects Intern

About Us

Recreation NB is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building healthy and vibrant communities by developing and promoting recreation and parks. We believe this field includes everything from play and sport to arts, culture and outdoor pursuits. All are essential for creating positive and supportive environments that foster healthy and happy citizens.

Recreation NB acts as a voice for the recreation and parks movement in the province while providing educational opportunities, developing resource materials and building productive partnerships with like-minded organizations. Recreation NB is an active member of multiple coalitions aimed at building capacity for active living. These partnerships have created positive change in diverse settings and have enhanced recreation opportunities for a variety of populations in New Brunswick, including municipalities, First Nation communities, after school programs, persons with a disability and older adults. Recreation NB aims to be a champion for the value and benefit of recreation opportunities for all New Brunswickers.


Recreation NB provides leadership, education, advocacy and services to identified stakeholders that foster recreation experiences to enhance the wellbeing of individuals, communities and our natural and built environments.


Recreation NB is the collective voice for meaningful, quality, accessible and safe recreation in New Brunswick.

Our Board Members

Under Recreation New Brunswick’s current constitution, the Board of Directors is comprised of a volunteer group of 10 individuals representing the recreation profession and municipalities throughout the province. We make every effort to embrace as many sectors of the field as possible, and the Board of Directors strives to include regional representation.

Matt Pryde


Greg Cutler

Past President

Cynthia Stacey



John Burns


Maryse LeBlanc


Tanya Hawkes


Jackie Dunn


Ryan Wilbur


Charlene Shannon-McCallum


Jeremy McShane



Grant Sinclair

Consultant, Sport and Recreation Branch - Parks, Recreation and Heritage Division - Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Our Committees

We offer our members the opportunity to be involved in every facet of our initiatives related to our bottom line, of advancing the recreation and parks field, through various committees. Committee members help formulate and facilitate concrete changes for New Brunswick through a collaborative model. Our wide range of dynamic committees are composed of volunteer members from diverse backgrounds in the recreation field, from various not-for-profit and government sectors.

Inclusive Recreation Committee

The Inclusive Recreation Committee assists the Recreation New Brunswick Board of Directors with issues surrounding inclusive recreation. The Committee, also serving as the provincial body of the National Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability, allows the association a voice both provincially and nationally. This committee is Chaired by, Charlene Shannon-McCallum of the University of New Brunswick.

Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning matters with respect to: training for facility staff, planning and use of physical facilities, and procedures for planning and designing physical facilities. This Committee is chaired by, Jeremy McShane of the Town of St. Stephen.

Committees We Sit On

• Parks and Trails Day NB Committee
• WELLderness Planning Committee
• NB Environmental Network
• ParaSport New Brunswick
• The Network for Safe Sport and Recreation in New Brunswick
• NB Physical Literacy Coalition Working Group
• Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Coalition Steering Committee (HEPAC)

• Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
• Atlantic Outdoor Forum Executive Planning Committee
• Built Environment Working Group HEPAC
• Co-Chair Healthy Eating in Recreation Environments Working Group
• Atlantic Recreation and Facilities Conference Planning Committee
• CPRA Finance and Risk Management Committee
• Canadian Recreation Facilities Network

Our Partners

As a non-profit organization, our national and provincial partners help make our important work possible. These partnerships allow us to develop and administer programs that provide all New Brunswickers the opportunity to experience recreation, and therefore help build a happier, healthier province.

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

Since 2011, CPRA has been co-leading with the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council (ISRC) the development of A Framework for Recreation in Canada. The Framework will provide a new vision for recreation and suggest some common ways of thinking about the renewal of recreation based on clear goals and underlying values and principles.


HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s quality standard for children’s recreation and sport. Before HIGH FIVE, no standard existed and there was a clear need for an innovative approach to help organizations enhance program quality and provide positive experiences for children, which would remain with them for a lifetime.

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability
Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

For over 28 years the Active Living Alliance has promoted, supported and enabled Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives.

Communautés et loisir Nouveau-Brunswick
Communautés et loisir Nouveau-Brunswick

CLNB is a non-profit organization that promotes and promotes recreation in our province. Its mission is to support the revitalization and improve the quality of life of New Brunswick’s Francophone communities by supporting and guiding the work of stakeholders and their volunteers working in the field of recreation through vocational training.