Celebrating 50 Years with You

July 16, 2021

Our role as wellness supporters, and our belief in the body, mind, and soul benefits that come from making ‘you’ time!

For 50 years, RecreationNL has been a dedicated team of wellness supporters who believe in the body, mind, and soul benefits that come from making ‘you’ time, via activities of any kind. As a not-for-profit organization, our vision is to develop a province of engaged communities where all people embrace the benefits of recreation to enhance their quality of life. 

Our 50th Anniversary Celebration

As we turn the page on our 50th year, we are launching a year-long campaign that focuses on improving the health of our body, mind, and soul for everyone in the province. We have partnered with 18 community members who will serve as Wellness Ambassadors throughout the year and provide us with helpful information that we can use to improve ourselves both physically and mentally. 

Sharing Our Message

We hope our short narrative core that represents Recreation NL as an organization inspires and connects you to our goal of making recreation a dynamic and diverse opportunity for everyone across the province to engage in:

What moves you?
Activities do; they keep us healthy and happy.
Your body, mind, and soul deserve the feelings of
wellness that activity provides.
It may sound simple, and it is.
All you need to do, is to make time – for you.
We are proud supporters of ‘you’ time.
Let our team of wellness supporters connect you with all
there is to do – in every community, in every way.

Celebrating All Year Long

We are beyond excited to share what our 50th Anniversary campaign for 2021 means for you! Throughout the year, you will find opportunities to make ‘you’ time and learn more about wellness support from many of our friends from local communities. Each month will showcase new partners across all digital media channels and they will present healthy tips and fun easy challenges for you and your family to try. 

Meet The Wellness Ambassadors

Our team of Wellness Ambassadors will help us spread important messages on the topics of body, mind, and soul. Learn more about the Ambassadors that will represent RecreationNL in 2021 below!



Rod Snow 

A former Professional Rugby Player and a member of the inaugural inductees in Rugby Canada’s Hall of Fame 



Paddy Daly 

A long standing personality in local media and currently the host
of VOCM Open Line



Carl English

A former Professional Basketball Player and a long-time staple on Team Canada, and founder of the CE23 Basketball Academy



Amelia Curran

An activist, a Juno Award-Winning Singer Songwriter, and a mental health advocate as a founding member of It’s Mental



Jesse Stirling

The host of Meetings with Remarkable People, Jesse has spoken with highly influential people across the province and country for 20 years 



Mike Wahl

Professor of Medicine at Memorial University and host of Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle Show on VOCM



Jodi Cooke

An established television news reporter and co-anchor of the NTV Sunday evening Newshour, with a handful of awards and nominations during her career



Andrew Furey

A passionate orthopaedic surgeon, an educator at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, and the 14th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador



Petrina Bromley

An actress, a director, and most recently could be found on Broadway as a cast member in Come From Away



TA Loeffler

An educator at Memorial University, a mountaineer that has reached summits across the globe, and selected to the 2020 Canadian Geographic “90 Greatest Canadian Explorers” list



John Andersen

Former Recreation Director for almost forty years and Ordinary Member for the Constituency of Makkovik. John is also a past president of Recreation NL



Steve Martin

The Director of Recreation and Community Events for the Town of Holyrood with a passion for making Holyrood a great place to live, work, and play 



Todd Mercer

The Manager of Leisure Services for the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor and key contact for the Mid Winter Bivver



Heather Hickman

The former Manager of Community Development and Recreation Division for the City of St. John’s for almost 30 years



Bernard Davis

A politician with a dedication for community involvement, Honourable Bernard Davis has been appointed as the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister Responsible for Labour and Minister Responsible for Workplace NL.



Mark Bradbury

The Chief Executive Officer of Easter Seals NL which empowers persons with disabilities by providing over 20 programs and services



Annette Oldford

The Supervisor of Family and Leisure Services for the City of St. John’s Recreation Division and member of the Youth Engagement Strategy 



Derek Bennett

Most recently sworn in as the Speaker of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador, Honourable Derek Bennett has also worked as the Director of Recreation and Tourism with the Town of Lewisporte for 25 years



Looking Forward

Stay tuned to all of our social media channels throughout 2021 to learn more about recreation and making ‘you’ time with our team of ambassadors!

We look forward to your participation in our campaign and can not wait to get started!

Recreation NL Team

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