Join us April 4-5, 2019 at the University of New Brunswick for the 2019 NIRSA Canadian Region Atlantic Workshop!

We are very excited here at UNB (University of New Brunswick) to host the first ever Atlantic workshop for university campus recreation professionals and students. The goal of the workshop will be to engage us all in multi-facet discussions, share our best practices and explore solutions for the challenges we’re all faced with at our respective institutions.

Online Registration will open on Friday, February 22, 2019.  For specific information, please see this link:


From February 22 until March 15 take advantage of our Early Bird fee! The Early Bird fee will be $80 for professionals and $50 for students. After March 15, the regular fee will be applied; $100 for professionals and $70 for students.


We secured a special NIRSA Atlantic workshop rate with two hotel partners. See below:

Hilton Garden Inn ($159.00 + taxes).
620 Queen St., Fredericton, NB E3B 1C2
Please make your reservation on or before March 5 by calling 506-999-1551 and indicate that you are taking part in the Atlantic University Campus Recreation Workshop at UNB.

Delta Fredericton ($159.00 + taxes).
225 Woodstock Rd., Fredericton, E3B 2H8
Please make your reservation on or before March 5 by calling 1-888-236-2427 and indicate that you are taking part in the Atlantic University Campus Recreation Workshop at UNB.

Please help us spread the word and we are looking forward to having you join us for this special workshop! More workshop details and program information will follow in the coming weeks.


The following is the Workshop Program:


Tour the Richard J. Currie Center for Athletic and Recreation and the newly constructed Well and LEED certified Kinesiology building on UNB campus and learn how synergy can be created among academic, athletics and recreation units to enhance student learning experiences.


  1. NIRSA 101

What NIRSA stands for and how NIRSA can support your campus recreation programs on your campus.

Presented by Grachella Garcia, NIRSA Canadian Region Member Network Rep, U of Alberta

  1. Years of Transition

This session will review university student perceptions of participation motives, facilitators, barriers and equity as they consider continuation in sport and recreation.

Presented by John Hudec & Julie Baribault, CBU

3. Theory in Practice: Student Employee Experiences

This presentation explores the benefits of incorporating student-employees into the recreation workplace, from the perspective of two student employees. This presentation will share insight on how working in a recreation environment has enhanced the overall student learning experience, while also providing professional opportunities complimentary to what is learned in the classroom.

Presented by Hilary Pond, Program Assistant, & Chloe Lauther, Membership Services Supervisor, UNB

  1. Motivate, Cooperate & Educate

Workshops create an environment for continuing education and teamwork that may otherwise be missed from basic supervision and personal training duties. Learn how exercise workshops act as not only a service for members, but as a motivating activity that brings more purpose and excitement to the staff.

Presented by Jason Rudy, Strength Centre Coordinator, UNB

  1. Establishing a Successful and Reliable Group Fitness Program

Group fitness programs are often offered through university recreation departments yet can be challenging to maintain on a day-to-day basis, often competing with local non-profit organizations and commercial gyms. In this session we’ll review the benefits of a group fitness program as well as the elements for success including the recruitment and retention of instructors, diversified programming and keeping up with industry trends. This session will also explore the development of partnerships and engaging Kinesiology and other health science students to become leaders providing both hands-on learning and employment.

Presented by Lauren Rogers, Manager of Fitness & Wellness, UNB


  1. Importance of marketing & communications for recreation departments
  2. Trend in fitness & wellness
  3. Student engagement in intramurals
  4. Mental health & wellbeing
  5. Future direction of club sports
  6. Risk management & emergency procedures
  7. Challenge of facility shortage and access control
  8. Community engagement & older population programs
  9. Future plan for Atlantic – where are we going from here?


  1. Cycling Express (40 minutes) led by Amanda Lee, Group Fitness Instructor, UNB
  2. TRX Bootcamp (40 minutes) led by Hilary Pond, Program Assistant & Group Fitness Instructor, UNB


On Thursday night after dinner, we will have a social at the Grimross Brewing Brewtique and Taproom, which offer a brewery atmosphere with the comfort of taproom. A unique blend of rustic wood wire reel tables and the backdrop of the working fermenting tanks set a great and interesting tone for a social gathering. Come and have a fresh beer, right at the brewery.

The detailed schedule will be available soon. On-site check-in will begin at 11am, Thursday, April 4th in the Richard J. Currie Center.

For more information, please see contact information below.

Director• Recreation Services
T 506 453-5049 C 506 476-9264


Canadian Leadership Team