Harry Boothman Bursary

2016 & 2017 

In 2016 and 2017, the Harry Boothman Bursary was proud to support Canadian recreation practitioners in their efforts to enhance their personal and professional development.

Based on the submissions received, it was identified that the Canadian recreation sector is benefiting from strong leaders who are motivated to participant in unique professional development programs.


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Shelly Howe

Shelly is a long-time resident of Moose Jaw, SK with her family of four almost-grown children, her husband and dog.  She works for the City of Moose Jaw as the Recreation Program Supervisor, programming the pools and arenas in Moose Jaw.  Her passion for drowning prevention has been fostered by a lifetime of involvement in aquatics through her own years of lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons, and now training others in these areas.  Through volunteer work with the Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Program and as part of the Lifesaving Society Critical Incident Stress team, Shelly works to spread the message of drowning prevention to all that she can.  For Shelly, attending the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in 2017 was an amazing experience and she looks forward to sharing her newly-gained ideas and knowledge.


Janet Naclia

Janet Naclia, who is the Program Manager for the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) was also granted the Harry Boothman Bursary in 2016. Ms. Naclia is enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Indigenous Recreation through the University of Alberta. The goal of the Certificate program is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the cultural context of Indigenous communities and populations. This knowledge will provide practitioners with the skills to offer relevant and quality recreational opportunities to indigenous populations. Ms. Naclia is currently participating in the program, which will conclude in the spring/summer of 2017.


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Lisa McLaughlin

Lisa McLaughlin is the Program Manager for the Communities ChooseWell initiative with the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA). Her application to attend and present at the International Union for Health Promotion and Education World Conference on Health Promotion in Curitiba, Brazil was approved by the Committee. Ms. McLaughlin attended the event in May, 2016, where she also presented two sessions, specific to the topics of health, community, support and people living in vulnerable situations, and food access and consumption: the role of health promotion. Ms. McLaughlin recognized that:

“Attending the conference was a good opportunity to learn about issues related to my work and graduate studies in health promotion and to connect with other practitioners, researchers and leaders in the field.”