Reimagining Recreation: The Role of Recreation During a Pandemic and Beyond…

Reimagining Recreation: The Role of Recreation During a Pandemic and Beyond…

Thu, Apr 30, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ADT

During stressful times, people turn to recreation, parks, sport, and cultural pursuits as a means of helping them to cope. However, COVID protocols have disrupted the traditional mechanism in which recreation is delivered, and how citizens can experience and engage in leisure. Despite these challenges, the recreation sector can still engage citizens in leisure and build connection across their communities. In this webinar, Rachel Bedingfield (Rec. Director Town of Kentville) and Jackie Oncescu (Assistant Professor, Recreation & Sport Studies Program, UNB) will share their experiences working collaboratively to reimagine and redesign recreation provisions in the Town of Kentville during a pandemic, with important considerations for the future of recreation.


Rachel Bedingfield is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville, Nova Scotia. In 2015, she was named to the Canadian Association of the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) list of the top 25 most influential women in Canada in the field of Sport and Physical Activity. Currently, Rachel chairs the provincial committee for Access and Inclusion to Recreation in Nova Scotia.

Jackie Oncescu is an Assistant Professor in the Recreation and Sport Studies program in the Faculty of Kinesiology at UNB (Fredericton). Jackie’s research focuses on recreation’s role in community resilience and development, and access and inclusion to community recreation and sport activities. Her research has examined depressed economies, poverty, and the relationship to community recreation provisions and families’ leisure behaviours. Jackie is passionate advocate for recreation, blending theory with creative community development approaches to help practitioners redesign and reimagine access to recreation and leisure.