Adapting to change at any time in ones career is challenging but trying to adapt to change in ones profession at the end of a career is even more challenging.
During our careers we adapt to structural change, organizational change, government change, technological change and even the loss of wonderful colleagues.
Adapting to changes in ones calling or ones profession is something else. When one is made to feel a profession may be redundant ( no longer needed or useful; superfluous) it is very hard to accept.
How does a profession become redundant?
Is it because it did not adapt to the environment surrounding it?
- the political environment
- the shifting funding envelopes
- reduced funding overall
- the shifting community environment
- the terminology of the day
- the pressures on educational institutions
- technological advancements
Is it because its founding principles are no longer valid in today's society?
Is it because of a lack of leadership?
- New Maps for New Times: A Fresh Look at Persons and Communities / De nouvelles cartes pour une nouvelle époque : un regard nouveau sur les personnes et les communautés by Ruben Nelson
- Policy Imperatives for Recreation, Sport and Physical Activity: Re-examining Foundations / Les impératifs politiques des loisirs, du sport et de l’activité physique : Revérifier les fondements by Tim Burton
- Number of jobs, Value of infrastructure, family spending patterns, number of volunteers, park acreage, etc etc
- Recreation, Sport, Active Living, Physical Activity, Wellness
Is it because of a lack of political awareness & visibility?
Is it because its history was lost along the way? (teaching of the past was not passed on)
(Inuit oral history is very exacting as we found out with the discovery of one of the Franklin ships 2014; not sure the written or oral history of our profession is accurately passed on)
- Connecting the Dots... Looking Back on Federal- Provincial/Territorial and Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council (ISRC) Involvements in Recreation by Chris Szabo
When standing at the crest of the hill of ones career answering all those questions is quite overwhelming.
Will the meetings in Toronto November 17th & 18th on the National Recreation Framework breathe new life & energy into the recreation profession or pronounce it as officially redundant?
I will be very disappointed if it is the latter but historians will answer the questions and assess value based on the facts they are presented with on what recreation contributed to individuals, communities, institutions, provinces and our country over the last 100 plus years and how it addressed the challenges cited above.