Awards and scholarships

  • Best Presentation at the Travel and Tourism Research Conference 2016 in Edmonton, AB
  • Best Visual Paper Award at the International Travel and Tourism Research Conference 2014 in Portland, Oregon
  • Provost Award for Excellence in teaching design and practice for community based learning in regional communities – Vancouver Island University, 2014.
  • Most Valuable Player Award – 2010 by Tourism Vancouver Island. Recognized for contributions to research for the tourism industry.
  • Awarded the Leading Edge Endowment Fund Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development at Vancouver Island University. Renewed by the BC Innovation Council in 2013.
  • Recipient of the World Leisure International Scholar Award, July 2000. Attended the World Leisure Congress in Bilbao, Spain to present the winning paper.
  • Received bursaries from the Department of Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources at Michigan State University, The Travel, Tourism and Recreation Resource Center, and the Department of International Education at Michigan State University in July 2000.
  • Recipient of a two-year full scholarship from the Netherlands to complete a Master’s Degree in International Leisure Studies with the World Leisure Recreation Association International Centre of Excellence in August 1992.