About Us

Leisure Information Network

powering knowledge exchange for recreation, parks and healthy living

LIN's vision is to be recognized as the national knowledge-based digital forum for sharing value-added information regarding individual and community nourishment and well-being through recreation, parks, and healthy living.

LIN is a national non-profit organization which was developed in 1995 with support from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation and the Fitness Program of Health Canada.

Our Mission Statement

To collect, add value to, and disseminate relevant knowledge within and across sectoral boundaries and in partnership with stakeholders in advancing leisure as an essential element of quality of life.

LIN is charged with the responsibility of designing, managing, and maintaining the National Recreation Database (NRDB) for intergovernmental, public good, research and access purposes.

Our Values

These values inform the decision-making of LIN’s Board of Directors and staff:

  • The relevance and importance of leisure in, and to, contemporary society
  • The lifetime benefits of recreation, parks and active, healthy lifestyles that can be accrued to both individuals and communities
  • The provision of universal access to information 
  • The creative/innovative use of information technology
  • The significant value of evidence-based research, systems thinking and strategic planning
  • Consideration to social enterprise 
  • Upholding the integrity of valuable and relevant information

Our Reports

Read our Strategic Plan

Read the 2015-2016 Annual Report


2015 PRO President's Award of Distinction winner

2005 Ontario Showcase Merit Award winner

Our Team

Many talented and dedicated people are involved with LIN. To contact anyone below email [email protected]


Kerry Kelly - Executive Director, Leisure Information Network

Board of Directors

Gabriele (Doris) Haas, Chair
GDH Solutions

Gabriele Haas is President of GDH Solutions. She has a B.A. in Recreation from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from York University (Schulich School of Business). Gabriele also holds an Honourary Diploma in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (Humber College) and a CMM III designation from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute.

Prior to opening her own consulting firm, Gabriele held positions as Director of the Sport and Recreation Branch, Ministry of Tourism and Recreation and Ministry of Health Promotion in Ontario, Commissioner of Community Services, City of Vaughan and Manager, Recreation Centres, City of Toronto.

Kelowna BC

Punch Jackson,
Advocate - Libraries, Community &
Voluntary Services

Punch worked in the not for profit sector, the private sector and as a public servant for 30 years. He worked in the library community since 1996 and with the Government of Alberta since 1979. His last assignment in the government was as Executive Director of the Public Library Services Branch in the department of Municipal Affairs. (1996-2009).

A common thread throughout his career has been working with volunteers & the voluntary sector. (YMCA, Library Boards, Volunteer Alberta, Alberta Recreation & Parks Association, Imagine Canada, The Alberta Library, the Library Association of Alberta, the Alberta Library Trustees Association, Canadian Camping Association, Manitoba Camping Association). 

He has been awarded the Library Association of Alberta’s President’s Award in 2000,  the Library Association of Alberta’s Award of Excellence in Library Service in 2010, the Premier’s Award of Excellence for the APLEN project 2002, and presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal December 2012 for his work with the not for profit voluntary sector in Alberta and Canada.

Edmonton AB

Michael Roma
RC Strategies 

Mike Roma is a partner with RC Strategies, an Alberta based recreation planning company. He has over twelve years of experience in recreation and culture planning throughout western and northern Canada. Mike has worked on over 200 recreation and / or culture planning projects since 2002 (Master Plan, Feasibility and Business Plan levels). Mike has an MBA specializing in Leisure and Sport Management from the University of Alberta.  Mike is a member of the ARPA board executive and has been a Leisure Information Network board member since 2010. He lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with a young family of four.

Mike is active in his own recreation community as a participant and coach and truly believes in the benefits that recreation and culture have on the quality of life of his entire family. 

Sherwood Park AB

John Lohuis
General Manager, Niagara Parks Commission

During his 35-year career, John Lohuis has previously served as Director of Parks and Recreation for the Township of Delhi, Town of Aurora, the cities of Windsor and London, and most recently, for 12 years at the City of Mississauga and has been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

Niagara Falls ON

Kim Sanderson, MA (Rec. Admin.)

Kim was with the City of Edmonton for close to 30 years, many of which were involved with innovative projects, research and policy development related to advancing municipal recreation. He is also past president of the International Play Association Canada.

Kim’s interest in building and managing knowledge more generally led to his participation with the Edmonton Knowledge Management Network. In his capacity as co-chair, over the past several years the group tackled such contemporary topics as: ‘Future Backwards’ and the Future of Knowledge Management; Big Data, Open Data and Their Implications for Knowledge Management; and Web Design for Engaging Customers in Knowledge Networks.


Edmonton, AB

Jerome SingletonJerome Singleton, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Dalhousie University

Jerome F. Singleton, PhD, CTRS is a professor in the Recreation and Leisure studies department in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. He is also cross appointed to the School of Nursing, Sociology and Anthropology, and Faculty of Management at Dalhousie. He is cross appointed to the U de Moncton and University of Leithbridge. Dr. Singleton’s research is focused in the area of Leisure and Aging. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Recreation honours degree then completed his Masters of Science degree in Recreation at Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in Leisure Studies at the University of Maryland. He also completed the academic requirements for a Doctorate Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Maryland. Currently Dr. Singleton teaches courses in the area of Therapeutic Recreation and Aging, Therapeutic Recreation Techniques, Therapeutic Recreation Administration and Leisure and Aging graduate class at Dalhousie University. He was made a Fellow of the World Demographic Association in 2006 and was named Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association Professional of the Year in 2007. He was recognized by the Recreation and Leisure Studies program at the University of Waterloo as a Distinguished Alumni in 2008 and is also founding member of the Leisure and Aging Research Group, which was established in 2008. Dr. Singleton received the Dr. Gonzaga da Gama memorial award from the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association in 2011 and was made a fellow of the Academy of Leisure Science by the Society of Parks and Recreation educators in 2011. Dr. Singleton is currently a Research Associate with the Dalhousie European Center of Excellence. He is currently the Commissioner on Access and Inclusion for the World and Leisure Recreation Association . Dr. Singleton has advised 28 master students who have investigated questions related to Leisure and Aging areas and has published approximately 100 articles during his career and made presentations locally, nationally and internationally, related to the area of Leisure and Aging. Dr. Heather Gibson and Dr. Singleton (2012) published the text Leisure and Aging Theory to Practice. Dr. Singleton has been involved with therapeutic recreation professional organizations such as the Therapeutic Recreation Association of Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia Recreation Professionals in Health, the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Toronto, ON

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