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Advocating for the receration sector, it's vital RNS remains as thought leaders in the industry. We value the views and opinions of others that lead to healthier lifestyles through recreation for all Nova Scotians.

Recreation Nova Scotia is committed to maintaining relationships with recreation practitioners, community organizations, government officials, students, the business sector and other professionals in the recreation field to ensure that all Nova Scotians have access to recreation activities that contribute to an improved quality of life and healthier communities.

These articles are meant to give you a different lens to look at our sector with hopes of forming a stronger recreation sector that get you thinking how you can play a role in your own communities.


Recreation Nova Scotia is excited to announce an informal volunteer partnership with former RNS board member, retired provincial civil servant and part time consultant Rick Gilbert on a series of four articles on topics that are of current interest to the recreation sector and have implications for the future of our field. Those of you who know Rick are aware of his passion for the field of recreation, evidenced by his co-authorship, with Brenda Robertson and Debby Smith, of The Core and Edges of Recreation: A Call to Action, 2011, the key role he played as Chair of the writing committee for the Framework for Recreation in Canada, 2015, and his participation in developing the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia, 2015. 


The RNS website will host each of these articles. The partners understand the need for collaboration with recreation professionals to help identify potential topics of importance to the sector. To that end, we will identify an informal group to help guide the overall project and will identify others to contribute to the content of each of the four articles, based on their experience and expertise.


As a teaser, we have attached a separate article penned recently by Rick and posted to CPRA’s The Bench. This article wasn’t written as part of this partnership, but it will give you a rough idea of what we have in mind. As with this article, Rick will hold the copyright for the upcoming articles. 

Can public recreation do more to promote happiness and reduce social isolation and loneliness?

Rick Gilbert
Evidence from a variety of credible sources indicates that a lack of social connectioncan lead to isolation and loneliness, in turn leading to a reduction in happiness — a concern that is calling out for a social policy response.
  pdf Read the article here (1.86 MB)


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Working in and outside of the box

Fawn Logan-Young
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Volunteering at the third annual Freedom Day March in Sipekne'katik (Shubenacadie) showed me the power of leadership that stems from within the community because of local knowledge and self-determination. The ability to be present, listen and learn was a privilege.